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Sviatopolk-Chetvertynsky / Czetwertyński
POL COA Czetwertyński-Światopełk.svg
Coat of arms of the family
Current regionPoland, Canada, Belgium
Place of originChetvertnia, Lutsk county, Volhynia

Czetwertyński or Chetvertynsky (also Sviatopolk-Chetvertynsky or Czetwertyński-Światopełk) is a Ukrainian[1] (or Polish) princely family that originated from Volhynia in the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland.[2] The family takes its name from the village of Chetvertnia, Lutsk county, in modern-day Manevychi Raion, Volyn Oblast.


According to the family's legend, the progenitor of the family is the Grand Prince of Kiev, Sviatopolk II.[2] The first documented member of the family is Oleksander Chetvertynsky, who is mentioned in 1388.[1] The family was accepted into the princely houses of Poland and Lithuania in 1569 and their Russian title of prince was confirmed in 1843.[3]

In 1492, Prince Fedir Mykhailovych Chetvertynsky was the Lithuanian-Ruthenian ambassador to Wallachia.[1] Over time, some members of the family were Catholicized, but mostly the family remained adherent to the Eastern Orthodox religion.[1]

Prince Stepan Sviatopolk-Chetvertynsky (1575-1659) played a key role in re-establishing the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1620.[1] His son Mykola Sviatopolk-Chetvertynsky (?-1659) was a relative of the Hetman of Zaporizhian Host, Ivan Vyhovsky.[1]

Two of the most notable representatives of the family were Hedeon Zakharovych Svyatopolk-Chetvertynsky, the Metropolitan of Kiev, Galicia and all Little Russia in 1685-90,[1] and Antoni Stanislaw's daughter Marie, who was Alexander I of Russia's mistress and had children by him. A nephew of Hedeon, Yurii Sviatopolk-Chetvertynsky (?-c. 1717–22), was a son-in-law of the Hetman of Zaporizhian Host, Ivan Samoylovych.[1]

After Antoni Stanisław Czetwertyński-Światopełk was lynched in 1794 by Polish nationals in Warsaw (Russian Empire) during the Kościuszko Uprising,[4] his family resettled in Saint Petersburg. It received major land grants from Catherine the Great, such as the manor of Filimonki near Moscow.

Belgian branch[edit]

By royal decree of King Albert II of Belgium,[5] two members (both sons of Prince Michel Felix Swiatopelk-Czetwertynski) were recognised in the Belgian nobility with the rank of prince, for them and their male-line descendants.

  • Alexandre Wladimir (Alex), Prince Swiatopelk-Czetwertynski (Ukkel, 27 December 1975), married to Christine Renée Harrington
  • Constantin Nicolas (Tinko), Prince Swiatopelk-Czetwertynski (Brussels, 20 February 1978), a portrait and fashion photographer known as "Tinko Czetwertynski",[6] married to model and product designer Princess Paola Maria Sapieha-Rozanski (London, 27 April 1983)[7]

Coat of arms[edit]

The family used the Pogoń Ruska coat of arms.

Notable members[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Sviatopolk-Chetvertynsky".
  2. ^ a b "Search". Encyclopædia Britannica.
  3. ^ Enache, Nicolas. La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg. ICC, Paris, 1996. pp. 107, 115. (French). ISBN 2-908003-04-X
  4. ^ Kronika powstań polskich 1794–1944, Wydawnictwo Kronika, Warszawa, ISBN 83-86079-02-9, s. 38
  5. ^ Adelbrieven verleend door Z.M. Albert II Koning der Belgen, 2001-2008. [Tielt, 2010].
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  7. ^ Menthe, Caterina. 13 February 2013 Love royale. Vogue Arabia

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