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Wedding of the two royal dynasties members2009-02-09 12:03
Two members of the two royal dynasties of Georgia: 32-year old David Bagrationi-Mukhraneli and Anna Bagrationi- Gruzinskaya, got married yesterday in Tbilisi.
The wedding ceremony was held yesterday in the Holy Trinity Cathedral, with he blessing of Ilia II, the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia. The patriarch himself couldn't attent the ceremony as on February 4th he left for Germany for treatment.
3 thousand guests: officials and public figures, diplomats accredited in the country, thousands of foreign guests, including Russians, attended the ceremony.
The ceremony took place in the Remembrance Day for the great Tsar David the Builder from the House of Bagrationi, who unified Georgia in the 12th century and let it reach the unsurpassed economic, political and cultural prosperity.
David Bagrationi- Mukhraneli was born and grown up in Spain. In mid 20th century Irakli, his grandfather, was officially recognized as a legal throne aspirant by the emigrant organizations. After Irakli's death his son Georgi became his heir. Georgi has three adult sons and a daughter, and all of them, except David, still live in Spain.
David has been living in Georgia for six years. In 2004 President Saakashvili granted him and his father Georgian citizenship, preserving their Spanish citizenship.
Anna Bagrationi-Gruzinskaya, is the eldest daughter of Nugzar Petrovich Bagrationi-Gruzinsky, the director and theatre expert, the head of the Kakhetian branch of the Bagrationi dynasty and a direct descendant on the male line of the last Georgian Tsar Georgi XII (who reigned from 1798 to 1800). Anna has already been married and has two children. She id a journalist, for several recent years she has been teaching in one of schools of Tbilisi.
The wedding provoked great interest with the advocates of constitutional monarchy restoration. In 2007 Ilia II said he was for constitutional monarchy in the future. According to the Patriach, for more than 200 years the people of Georgia has been dreaming of the restored reign of the oldest dynasty of Bagrationi, whose reign started in the 9th century and was stopped in 1801. The majority of opposition parties support the idea of gradual shift to monarchy, whereas the authority regards it as unreasonable at the present stage of the development of the country.