During the First Balkan War of 1912, Bulgarian armies made remarkable progress against the Ottoman Empire, coming close to the Ottoman capital at Constantinople. What did King Ferdinand I of Bulgaria have in his possession just in case Bulgarian soldiers took the city?

Answer: He kept a full Byzantine Emperors regalia in his closet, made to order by a theatrical costumer, for just such an occasion. Bulgarian soldiers were forced back mere miles from the city, however, and he never had the chance to wear it.

Source: The Russian Origins of the First World War by Sean McMeekin

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