On 29 of May 2015, HRH Crown Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski, (Georgian: ნუგზარ პეტრეს ძე ბაგრატიონ-გრუზინსკების), by the Grace of God, Head of the Royal House of Georgia, and Singular Heir to the Throne of Georgia, extended his Royal Patronage to St. Gregory Nazianzen Institute for Eastern Christian Studies.
Father: HRH Peter Bagrationi-Gruzinski
Mother: Lia Mgeladze
Religion: Eastern Orthodox
Born: 25 August 1950 in Tbilisi, Georgia
Tenure: 1984 to present
Consort: Leila Kipiani
Issue: HRH Anna Bagrationi-Gruzinski (born in Tibilisi, Georgia on 1 November 1976)
HRH Maia Bagartioni-Gruzinski (born in Tibilisi, Georgia on 2 January 1978)
Grandchildren: HRH Princess Irina Bagration-Gruzinski, HRH Princess Mariam Bagration-Gruzinski, and
OUR ROYAL PATRON IN THE NEWS
CROWN PRINCE MEETS WITH ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH
Ἡ Α. Β. Υ., ὁ διάδοχος τοῦ Βασιλικοῦ Θρόνου τῆς Γεωργίας Πρίγκηψ Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski ἀπένειμε τῇ Α. Θ. Παναγιότητι τό παράσημον τοῦ Ἁγίου Βασιλέως Δαυΐδ, τοῦ Ψαλμῳδοῦ, ἐκ μέρους τοῦ Βασιλικοῦ Οἴκου τῆς Γεωργίας, δι᾿ εἰδικῆς τελετῆς ἐν τοῖς Πατριαρχείοις, τῇ 27ῃ Αὐγούστου 2015, [His Royal Highness, the Heir to the Royal Throne of Georgia, Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski conferred the Order of Holy King David the Psalmist upon His Divine All Holiness on behalf of the Royal House of Georgia in a special ceremony at the Patriarchate on 27 August 2015], (see Ecumenical Patriarchate News).
On August 27, 2015, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski, by the Grace of God, Head of the Royal House of Georgia, and Singular Heir to the Throne of Georgia, met with His Most Divine All Holiness BARTHOLOMEW I, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch during a private audience at the Patriarchal Palace at the Phanar in Istanbul (TR), in which the Crown Prince invested His All Holiness with the highest Order of the ancient and illustrious Dynasty of Georgia – The Royal Order of St. King David the Psalmist. The Most Reverend ATHENAGORAS, Metropolitan-Archbishop of Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, and the Islands of the Caribbean, (who is also the President of the Regional Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Latin America), reported that His All Holiness was extremely pleased and expressed his profound gratitude to the Crown Prince. His All Holiness then extended warmest and heartfelt wishes to the Crown Prince, and presented a personalized gift to HRH, who had celebrated his 65th birthday on August 25, 2015, (see Royal House of Georgia).
LETTER OF GRATITUDE AND RECOGNITION FROM ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE
On August 5, 2016, HRH Crown Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski, by the Grace of God, Singular Heir to the Throne of the Royal House of Georgia, received a brief but significant letter of gratitude and recognition from His Most Divine All Holiness BARTHOLOMEW I, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch. The letter, which also conveys the Patriarch's blessing to the Crown Prince, was prepared and signed on behalf of His All Holiness by Archimandrite Bartholomew Samaras, Chief Secretary of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
THE ROYAL FAMILY MEETS WITH THE PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM
His Royal Highness Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski, Singular Heir to the Throne of the Royal House of Georgia, accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Ana Bagrationi-Gruzinski, and Her Highness Princess Leila Kipiani, visited the Holy Land on pilgrimage from September 12th - 16th 2016, meeting on September 13th with His Beatitude, Theophilos III, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine, Syria, Arabia, Beyond the Jordan River, Cana of Galilee, and Holy Zion, in the Throne Hall of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The important and historic encounter was also graced with the presence of His Eminence The Most Reverend Aristarchos, Archbishop of Constantina, the Elder Chief Secretary of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and other members of the Patriarchal staff. The last Monarch of the Bagrationi Dynasty to visit the Holy Land was St. King Vakhtang III, (son of St. Martyr King Demetre II), who ruled Georgia from 1276-1308.
During the meeting, His Beatitude and His Royal Highness reflected on the custody and preservation of the Holy Sites, and exchanged appropriate gifts as mementos of the occasion. Afterwards, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski invested His Beatitude with the highest Order of the ancient and illustrious Bagrationi Dynasty of Georgia viz. The Royal Order of St. King David the Psalmist. In return, His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine, Syria, Arabia, Beyond the Jordan River, Cana of Galilee, and Holy Zion, afforded the honor of 'Jerusalem Pilgrim' to His Royal Highness Crown Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski, who is henceforth entitled to the appellation 'Pilgrim Prince' (see photographs).
After the meeting, HRH Pilgrim Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski, HRH Princess Ana Bagrationi-Gruzinski, and HH Princess Leila Kipiani had the opportunity to visit and worship at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and other sacred sites.
HRH PRINCE NUGZAR BAGRATIONI-GRUZINSKI RECEIVES CERTIFICATE OF PILGRIMAGE
In addition to the aforementioned meeting with His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III, HRH Pilgrim Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski received a Certificate of Pilgrimage from the Custodia Terrae Sanctae, (i.e., the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land and Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem); the Certificate is signed by the Reverend Sergio Galdi, O.F.M., current Secretary of the Custody. The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land, own and administer in common the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and over 74 other shrines throughout the Holy Land, (including Jordan and Syria).
PILGRIM PRINCE RECEIVES JERUSALEM PILGRIM'S GOLD CROSS
HRH Pilgrim Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski, Singular Heir to the Throne of the Royal House of Georgia, also received the Jerusalem Pilgrim's Gold Cross, (i.e., Signum Sacri Itineris Hierosolymitani), which is an honor awarded to selected pilgrims to the Holy Land by the Pope of Rome in recognition of meritorious works and/or service related to the promotion of pilgrimage to Jerusalem and other sacred sites. The medal can only be conferred at the office of the Custody of the Holy Land in Jerusalem, (i.e., the Minister Provincial of the Order of Friars Minor in the Middle East). The Custos presents it to deserving pilgrims in the name of the Sovereign and Pontiff of the Vatican City State.
The decoration is worn on the left side of the chest. It may not be worn except in religious solemnities, processions, pilgrimages, or in the presence of the Pope. The medal is a Jerusalem Cross in gold, silver, or bronze grades. The center of the front is a small depiction of Pope Leo XIII with the surrounding Latin inscription 'LEO XIII CREAVIT ANNO MCM', (i.e., Leo XIII created [this medal] in 1900). In the crossbars, there are four Biblical scenes showing the early life and the ministry of Jesus with the inscription 'CHRISTI AMOR CRUCIFIXI TRAXIT NOS', (i.e., Christ's love brought us [here]). In the center of the reverse, there is the image of the risen Christ. The crossbars show four scenes of the Passion with the inscription 'SIGNUM SACRI ITINERIS HIEROSOL[YMITANI]', (i.e., Sign of Holy Pilgrimage to Jerusalem). The Cross is suspended from a ribbon of red silk with four blue stripes in the middle. On the edges at each side runs a white band broken by a dark yellow bar.
Ribbon of the Signum Sacri Itineris Hierosolymitani
PILGRIM PRINCE RECEIVES OFFICIAL ATTESTATION OF PILGRIMAGE FROM STATE OF ISRAEL
While in Jerusalem, the Pilgrim Prince received an official Attestation of Pilgrimage from the State of Israel. The Certificate was signed by the Minister of Tourism and present Member of the Knesset and Cabinet, Yariv Gideon Levin, (who was the the former Israeli Minister of Public Security), and the Mayor of the City of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat. The Certificate grants to HRH the title of Jerusalem Pilgrim. A tree was also planted in Israel by the National Jewish Fund in honor of HRH Pilgrim Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski, Singular Heir to the Throne of the Royal House of Georgia, and Descendent of the House of the Biblical King-Prophet St. David.
PILGRIM PRINCE RECEIVES ORDER OF MERIT
On September 8/21, 2016, the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos, His Royal Highness Pilgrim Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski, Singular Heir to the Throne of the Royal House of Georgia, was awarded the International Order of Merit for HRH's service to Orthodox unity. The award was signed by His Most Illustrious and Most Reverend Eminence ATHENAGORAS (Anastasiadis), Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Metropolitan-Archbishop of Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, and the Islands of the Caribbean, and President of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of South America.
CLARIFICATION FROM BUCKINGHAM PALACE REGARDING THE 'CLOWN PRINCE' AFFAIR
On 7 April 2017, the Head of the Secretariat at Buckingham Palace, responded and confirmed that the acceptance, (which was recorded in the Court Circular), was undertaken by HRH The Duke of Gloucester at Kensington Palace “after consultation with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and with the support of the Georgian Government”. It was also confirmed that the aforementioned gift was “received simply in the spirit of good relations between the two countries”, and “should NOT be interpreted as signifying anything other than that”, (i.e., it was received in a spirit of international cordiality and courtesy). The reception of this gift therefore does NOT represent any recognition by Buckingham Palace of Prince Davit Bagration-Mukhran’s dynastic claims and must NOT be construed as a promotion of Bagration-Mukhran pretensions.
PLEASE NOTE: The “information [in this announcement] originates from the Royal Household. It may be exempt from disclosure obligations to third parties under the Freedom of Information Act. The Data Protection Act, copyright, and other legislation may also apply… [The original correspondence was] provided in confidence and cannot be released without prior reference to the Director of Records / Private Secretary’s Office”, at Buckingham Palace in London.
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GEORGIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND MINISTRY OF CULTURE
DENY ANY PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OF 'CLOWN PRINCE' INCIDENT
The Georgian media outlet, 'Tabula', confirmed with the Government of Georgia that neither the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs nor the Georgian Ministry of Culture had any prior knowledge of Prince Davit Bagration-Mukhran's visit to Kensington Palace. The last paragraph of the Russian-language article states:
Табула поинтересовалась, знало ли правительство Грузии об этом визите, и правда ли поддерживало его. В министерстве иностранных дел и Министерстве культуры заявили, что они ничего об этом не слышали.
[Tabula, (i.e., the Tabula Media Outlet), inquired as to whether the government of Georgia knew about this visit, and whether it really supported him. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture stated that they had not heard anything about it.]
GEORGIAN MEDIA DEMANDS ANSWERS REGARDING 'CLOWN PRINCE' AFFAIR
The Georgian press has published an article entitled: "How the Queen of England was bamboozled by the Clown Prince". The article also details the usurpation of the rights of the legitimate Royal House under HRH Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski by the émigré representatives of the Bagration-Mukhrani noble family during the early 1940s.
HRH PRINCE NUGZAR BAGRATIONI-GRUZINSKI INVESTS CATHOLICOS-PATRIARCH WITH ROYAL ORDER
On August 2, 2020, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski, by the Grace of God, Head of the Royal House of Georgia, and Singular Heir to the Throne of Georgia, met with The Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, the Archbishop of Mtskheta-Tbilisi and Metropolitan Bishop of Bichvinta and Tskhum-Abkhazia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, in which the Crown Prince invested His Holiness and Beatitude with the Royal Order of King Erekle II. The ceremony took place at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Tbilisi, Georgia, in the presence of the members of the Holy Synod, secular dignataries, and well-wishers.