David Bagration of Mukhrani
|Tenure||16 January 2008 – present|
|Predecessor||Jorge de Bagration|
|Father||Jorge de Bagration|
|Mother||María de las Mercedes de Zornoza y Ponce de León|
24 June 1976 |
|Religion||Georgian Orthodox Church|
David Bagrationi of Mukhrani, David Bagration de Moukhrani y de Zornoza, or Davit' Bagration-Mukhraneli (Georgian: დავით ბაგრატიონ-მუხრანელი) (born 24 June 1976) is a claimant to the headship of the Bagrationi dynasty and to the historical thrones of Georgia, succeeding on the death of his father Jorge de Bagration on 16 January 2008.
Bagrationi was born as the second son of Jorge de Bagratione by his first wife Doña María de las Mercedes de Zornoza y Ponce de León in Madrid, Spain. David also has one older sister, Maria-Antonietta, one older brother, Irakli, and a younger half-brother, Gourami (Ugo).
Bagrationi settled permanently in Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi in 2003 and obtained dual citizenship from Georgia in 2004. He also serves as an altar server to Ilia II, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia.
In 2007, Bagrationi succeeded his father as patrilineal head of the Bagrationi dynasty, after his elder brother, Irakli, renounced the headship. As such, he asserts the right to inherit the throne, were it restored, of the united kingdom of Georgia, as well as inheritance of the designations: Dynastic Heir, Heir to the titles of Duke of the Lasos and Prince of Kakheti, Kartalia and Mukhrani and Head of the Family Council. As Head of the Royal family, he is the Grand Master of the following Bagration dynastic orders:
- The Order of the Eagle of Georgia and the Seamless Tunic of Our Lord Jesus Christ
- The Order of the Saint Queen Tamar
- The Order of the Crown of Georgia
During the Russian–Georgian war over South Ossetia in August 2008, Bagrationi accompanied the Georgian soldiers to the frontline to render moral support. He commented afterwards that he regretted Georgia "had to pay such a high price to show the world the true face of Russia," and issued a special message to the Georgian nation. Bagrationi considers restoration of monarchy in Georgia is not an option at this time because of ongoing Russian occupation of parts of the country; and it is up to the people of Georgia to decide when the monarchy should be restored.
Prince David Bagration of Mukhrani married Ana Bagration-Gruzinsky on 8 February 2009 at the Tbilisi Sameba Cathedral. The marriage united the Gruzinsky (Kakheti) and Moukhransky (Mukhraneli) branches of the Georgian former royal family, and drew a crowd of 3,000 spectators, officials, and foreign diplomats, as well as extensive coverage by the Georgian media.
The dynastic significance of the wedding lay in the fact that, amidst the turmoil in political partisanship that has roiled Georgia since its independence in 1991, Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia publicly called for restoration of the monarchy as a path toward national unity in October 2007. Although this led some politicians and parties to entertain the notion of a Georgian constitutional monarchy, competition arose among the old dynasty's princes and supporters, as historians and jurists debated which Bagrationi has the strongest hereditary right to a throne that has been vacant for two centuries. Although some Georgian monarchists support the Gruzinsky branch's claim, others support that of the re-patriated Mukhrani branch. Both branches descend in unbroken, legitimate male line from the medieval kings of Georgia down to Constantine II of Georgia who died in 1505.
Whereas the Bagration-Mukhrani (Bagrationi-Mukhraneli) was a cadet branch of the former Royal House of Kartli, they became the genealogically seniormost line of the Bagrationi family in the early 20th century: yet the elder branch had lost the rule of Kartli by 1724.
Meanwhile, the Bagration-Gruzinsky line, although junior to the Mukhrani genealogically, reigned over the kingdom of Kakheti, re-united the two realms in the kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti in 1762, and did not lose sovereignty until Russian annexation in 1800.
The bridegroom is the only member of his branch who retains Georgian citizenship and residence since the death of his father, Jorge de Bagration-Mukhrani]] in 2008. Aside from his unmarried elder brother, Bagrationi is the heir male of the Bagration family, while the bride's father is the most senior descendant of the last Bagrationi to reign over the united kingdom of Georgia. Since Nugzar and Princes Peter and Eugene Bagration-Gruzinsky are the last patrilineal males descended from King George XII, and all three were born before 1950, their branch verges on extinction. But the marriage between Nugzar Gruzinsky's heiress and the Mukhrani heir resolves their rivalry for the claim to the throne, which has divided Georgian monarchists. A son born of this marriage is apt to eventually become both the heir male of the House of Bagration and the heir general of George XII of Georgia.
The Georgia Times filed a story on 20 April 2009 stating that Bagrationi and his wife Anna were "on the verge of divorce" and no longer lived together. His wife's father, Nugzar Bagration-Gruzinsky, confirmed that the marriage between his daughter and Prince David had indeed run into difficulties.
On 3 August 2009, Russian news agency Blagovest reported that Bagrationi and hiw wife had separated within a month of their marriage. Hermother was quoted as saying that the Bagrationi family will not be commenting to the media on what they believe is a strictly private matter. The Blagovest article also stated that there is little chance of a reconciliation and that the marriage is effectively over. However, it was subsequently reported that the couple were vacationing together in Venezuela in October 2009, two months after the separation story surfaced and nearly a year after the marriage.
Georgian Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili stated in an interview published by Russian newspaper Kommersant on 7 April 2010 that theie marital union had been arranged with the primary purpose of promoting the restoration of the Georgian monarchy under the Bagrationi. Therefore, according to Merabishvili, Anna Bagration-Gruzinsky was forced to divorce her first husband Grigoriy Malania in order to allow her to wed Bagrationi. Merabishvili maintained that the Bagrationi couple were no longer married. However it was rumoured by the Georgian press that the couple had reconciled and was expecting their first child. It was subsequently reported that the couple dwell with their son, Prince Giorgi, in Spain.
|Ancestors of David Bagration of Mukhrani|
- Buyers, Christopher (2008). "Mukhrani: The Bagrationi (Bagration) Dynasty". Royal Ark. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
- "Royal House of Georgia – Dynasty". Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- "Order of the Eagle of Georgia". Royal House of Georgia. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- "Order of the Queen Tamar". Royal House of Georgia. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- "Order of the Crown". Royal House of Georgia. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- (Spanish)"Un Rey con acento español para Georgia". ABC Periódico Electrónico. 5 September 2008.
- Vignanski, Misha (02/08/2009). "Primera boda real en dos siglos reagrupa dos ramas de la dinastía Bagration". el confidencial (in Spanish). Spain. Retrieved 02/09/2009.
- "Time for a King for Georgia?".
- Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh (1980). Burke’s Royal Families of the World: Volume II Africa & the Middle East. p. 59. ISBN 0-85011-029-7.
- "Wedding of the two royal dynasties members". Georgia Times. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
- Buyers, Christopher (2008). "Kakheti: The Bagration Dynasty". Royal Ark. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
- "Couple of Georgian royal heirs is on the verge of divorce". Georgia Times. 31 March 2010.
- "Династический брак представителей восьмого поколения фамилии Багратионов окончательно распался" (in Russian). Blagovest, Russia. 8 March 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
- "Look Caras: Gritos y susurros" (in Spanish). 8 October 2009.
- "Georgia's Interior Minister: Revival of Bagrationi Dynasty in Georgia is Primakov's project". 15 April 2010.
- "Merabishvili on Elections, Opposition, Russia, Ukraine". 15 April 2010.
- ""სამეფო კარზე" მემკვიდრეს ელოდებიან" [Royal court successor is expected] (in Georgian).
- "სამეფო წყვილის საიდუმლო ცხოვრება" (in Georgian). 30 June 2013.
- Royal House of Bagration of Georgia
- Heraldry of the Royal House of Bagration-Mouchraneli
- (Russian) Монархом Грузии может стать Князь Давид Георгиевич Багратион-Мухранский. Russkaya Liniya. 29 February 2008.
David Bagration of MukhraniBorn: June 24 1976
|Titles in pretence|
Jorge de Bagration
|— TITULAR —
Pretender of the throne of Georgia
disputed with Nugzar
16 January 2008 – present