Friday, December 20, 2013

Bagration vs Bagration: an arranged marriage ... with consequences

The Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church played a major role in arranging a marriage Princess Anna Bagration-Gruzinsky, daughter of Prince Nuzgar, dynastic heir to a throne that ceased to exist in 1801, and Prince David Bagration-Mukhransky. 

Patriarch Ilia II supports the idea of a constitutional monarchy in Georgia, which, according to one report, "the idea was greeted with joy by a large part of Georgian society."

Ilia II's plan to arrange a marriage for Princess Anna, already divorced for two years from her first husband, began in earnest in the mid-2000s.  He soon found the perfect candidate: Prince David Bagration, a member of the Mukhranksy branch of the family, whose family had lived in Spain for many years.  David had come from Spain to live in Tbilisi, stating his claim as heir to the long-defunct throne.

The Patriarch put his plan into action, offering his idea for Anna's marriage, by meeting with Anna and her parents.  After he returned from the funeral of the Russian Patriarch Alexey II in 2008, he met with Prince Nuzgar and Prince David, and arranged the wedding for February 2008.

The marriage was doomed from the start with reports of discord and separation within weeks of wedding.   The couple were divorced, but were persuaded to reconcile -- a civil marriage took place in Spain -- and in 2011,  Anna gave birth to a son George.

The couple settled in Spain, but were unable to resolve their differences.

According to the Georgian-language Telegraph,  Prince David took the initiative to end the marriage without consultations with Anna and her family.

Princess Anna and Prince George are now back in Georgia, and living with her parents.  (Hit the translate button)

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