Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Prince Bagrat Bagration-Mukransky (1949-2017)

Prince Bagrat and Princess Maria de Carmen on their wedding day (Marlene A Eilers Koenig collection)

Prince Bagrat Bagration-Mukhransky,  descendant of the royal house of George, died on March 20, 2017 at his home on Marbella.  He was 68 years old.  His wife, Princess Francoise, was at his side.

The cause of death was cancer.

Prince Bagrat was born in Madrid, Spain, on January 12, 1949, the second child of Prince Irakly Bagration-Mukhransky and his third wife, HRH Princess Maria de las Mercedes of Bavaria, Infanta of Spain.

The infant prince was baptized at his parents' home on February 2, 1949, and was given the name Bagrat Juan Maria de Fatima de Todos los Santos.  The ceremony was performed by the Patriarch of Madrid-Alcala and the Indias.   His godparents were TRH the Count and Countess of Barcelona.   The Count -- Infant Don Juan of Spain -- was the third son and heir apparent of King Alfonso XIII.  His wife, Doña Maria de las Mercedes,  of Bourbon-Two Sicilies,  was the daughter of Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and his second wife, Princess Louise of Orléans.  (Mercedes was named for Carlos' first wife, Mercedes, the Princess of Asturias, who was King Alfonso XIII's elder sister, who died after giving birth to a daughter.)

Bagrat was married twice. His first marriage to Doña Maria del Carmen de Ulloa y Suelves took place on November 12,  1976 at San Jeronimo in Madrid.    The couple had two children,  Prince Juan Jorge Bagration (1977) and Princess Inés Bagration (1980)

The marriage was dissolved by divorce in 2005.  He married for a second time on March 7, 2009 at Saint Germain-en-Laye, France, to Francoise Suzanne Franassovici  Cazaudehore (b. April 1944)

Prince Bagrat is survived by his widow, Princess Francoise, his two children, Juan Jorge and Inés, and his older sister, Maria Victoria, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.   His older half brother,  Prince George, the only child of Prince Irakly's second marriage to Countess Maria Antonietta Pasquini, died in 2008.

Bagrat's mother was the daughter of Prince Ferdinand of Bavaria (son of Prince Ludwig Ferdinand of Bavaria and Infanta Paz of Spain), who married Infanta Maria Teresa of Spain, second sister of King Alfonso XIII, in 1906.  He was created an Infant of Spain.  In 1914, he renounced his rights to the Bavarian throne.  The children of this marriage were members of the Spanish royal house, and were given the title Infant of Spain.

 Maria Teresa named her third child and first daughter after her older sister, Mercedes, the Princess of Asturias.  

Prince Bagrat's godfather, the Count of Barcelona, was his mother's first cousin. His paternal aunt, Princess Leonida Bagration-Mukhransky, married Grand Duke Waldimir of Russia.  Their daughter, Grand Duchess Maria, the current head of the Imperial House, is Bagrat's first cousin.

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