Ketevan Bagration of Mukhrani

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Ketevan Bagration of Mukhrani
Born (1954-07-20) 20 July 1954 (age 64)
Talence, France
Noble family House of Bagration-Mukhrani
Spouse(s) Prince Raimondo Umberto Maria Orsini d'Aragona
Georgiana Maria Orsini
Lelio Nicolò Orsini
Luisa Eleonora Orsini
Dorothea Orsini
Father Prince Constantine Bagration of Mukhrani
Mother Monique Pauliac
Georgian royal family
Coat of Arms of the Bagrationi of Mukhrani.svg

HRH Prince David

HRH Princess Nuria

HRH Princess Françoise

  • HRH Prince Juan
    HRH Princess Kristine
  • HRH Princess Inés
HRH Princess Mariam

Ketevan Bagration of Mukhrani also known as Khétévane Bagrationi–Orsini, Ketevan Bagrationi–Mukhraneli, or Ketevan Bagrationi–Mukhranbatoni (Georgian: ქეთევან ბაგრატიონ–მუხრანელი) (born July 20, 1954) is a French-born ItalianGeorgian public figure and diplomat, who was Georgia's ambassador to the Holy See from 2005 to 2014. She has a dual French and Georgian citizenship.[1][2]


Khétévane [Catherine] Bagration de Moukhrani was born in Talence, France, in 1954.[3] Her father was Prince Constantine Bagration of Mukhrani (1915–1992), a Georgian émigré and scion of Constantine IV, the last Prince of Mukhrani, who descended from a branch of the Bagrationi royal dynasty. Her mother Monique Pauliac (born 1926) married Prince Constantine at Villenave-d'Ornon in 1953. Princess Khétévane also has a brother, Alexandré Bagration de Moukhrani (born 1956). Her distant cousins of the Spanish branch of the Mukhrani entertain claims to the throne of Georgia.[4]

Khétévane Bagration de Moukhrani has a degree in philology. She first visited her ancestral homeland in 1975 on a scholarship from Tbilisi State University. In 1978 Princess Khétévane married the Italian aristocrat Prince Raimondo Orsini d'Aragona and moved to Rome. Since 1991, she has overseen a series of Italian–Georgian cultural events and directed several humanitarian projects for post-Soviet Georgia. She was also involved in the Italian–Georgian diplomacy. Bagration helped organize the first official visit of the President of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze to Italy in 1997 and the first ever visit of the Pope John Paul II to Georgia in 1999. She became the first Honorary Citizen of Georgia in 1995 and was granted the dual citizenship by Georgia in 2004. On March 9, 2005, the President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili appointed her as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Holy See. She served on this position until 2014.[1][5]

Khétévane Bagration de Moukhrani has been decorated with several awards by the Georgian government and Patriarchate of the Georgian Orthodox Church as well as with the Grand Cross of the Order of Pius IX by the Holy See (2007) and the Order of Albert the Bear by the House of Anhalt (2009).[1]


Khétévane Bagration de Moukhrani married, on June 6, 1978 in Rome, the Italian aristocrat Prince Raimondo Umberto Maria Orsini d'Aragona, a Patrician, Conscript and Noble of Rome, Patrician of Naples, Venice, Genoa, and Ancona, Noble of Corneto, and Honorary Noble of Forlì (born 1931). They are the parents of three daughters and a son:[4]

  • Georgiana Maria Orsini (1979–2005), the eldest daughter of the couple was found dead at her apartment in July 2005.[6]
  • Lelio Nicolò Orsini (born 1981).
  • Luisa Eleonora Orsini (born 1986).
  • Dorothea Orsini (born 1990).

Prince Lelio Nicolò Orsini, like his mother, has been involved in charity and cultural activities in Georgia.[7][8] He has been considered by some Georgian monarchists as the most suitable candidate for the throne of Georgia,[9] but Khétévane Bagration herself rejected such a possibility.[10]




  1. ^ a b c (in Georgian) ქეთევან ბაგრატიონი მუხრანბატონი (Ketevan Bagrationi–Mukhraneli). Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia (WebCitation cache). Accessed June 5, 2011.
  2. ^ New Ambassador to the Vatican Appointed. Civil Georgia. October 26, 2004.
  3. ^ Royal Ark
  4. ^ a b (in French) Ferrand, Jacques (1983), Familles princières de Géorgie: essai de reconstitution généalogique (1880-1983) de 21 familles reconnues princières par l'Empire de Russie, pp. 30-32. Montreuil, France: J. Ferrand.
  5. ^ Message of John Paul II to H.R.H. Princess Khétévane Bagration de Moukhrani, Ambassador of Georgia to the Holy See. The Holy See Press Office. March 9, 2005.
  6. ^ (in Italian) Marani, Alessia. Morta la figlia dei principi Orsini: è giallo. il Giornale. August 27, 2005.
  7. ^ Ministry of healthcare and government of Abkhazia will hold special action in Kobuleti. Television of Adjara. Accessed June 5, 2011.
  8. ^ (in Italian) Associazione Scudo di San Giorgio. Sos-Georgia-Abkhazia, a cure dell'Associazione Scudo di San Giorgio. Accessed June 5, 2011.
  9. ^ Edilashvili, Nino. Is a Constitutional Amendment the Only Way out for Georgia?. The Georgian Times. October 15, 2007.
  10. ^ (in Georgian) Tavberidze, Dea ორსინები ლელიო ბაგრატიონის გამეფებას უარყოფენ ("The Bagrationi deny the possibility of Lelio Orsini to become a king"). Prime Time. October 26, 2010.