|1921: J D Bourchier 'Times' Correspondent|
|J D Bourchier in Bulgarian Costume|
The world Bourchier had entered in 1888 had changed entirely and from providing the Times with articles he had become the Times Balkan Correspondent from 1890-1915. He remained in Sofia and died in 1920. He had requested the king on his death to be buried outside the walls of the fortress monastery of Rila.
But I leave with a postscript on Prince (later tzar) Ferdinand because he was a philatelist. His relation Queen Victoria did not think much of him saying he was totally unfit when he was installed as head of state, and that he was delicate, eccentric and effeminate and "should be stopped at once". She was wrong, he generally made a success of his role.
One amusing report was of Ferdinand briefing Bourchier on confidential matters during World War One but because of Bourchier's deafness he had to shout down his ear trumpet so everyone could hear him. After the war Ferdinand abdicated in favour of his son Boris and was exiled to to Coburg in German which he excepted as one of the hazards of kingship.
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