The Georgian royal family of the Bagrations practiced masculine primogeniture, legitimate sons and their descendants taking precedence over daughters and natural sons, and their descendants. But when there was no males in the royal house then female could ascend the throne, consequently the royal line was continued through the female line. When Georgian female heir-to-the-throne got married, the Georgian Dynastic Law of “Zedsidzeoba” (“Georgian Law on marriage concerning “Consort son-in-law”), was applied.
The nation of Georgia was first unified as a kingdom under the Bagrationi dynasty in the 9th to 10th century, arising from a number of predecessor states of ancient Colchis and Iberia. The kingdom of Georgia flourished during the 10th to 12th centuries, what was interrupted during of the Mongol invasions of Georgia in XIII century. Georgia rose up again in prosper at times of King Giorgi V” the magnificent" (1318-1346). He even has once again regained influence on the empire of Trabzon, this political situation remained till the last King of undivided kingdom - Giorgi VIII (1446-1466).
After of eight times invasion of the Tamerlane in Georgia, kingdom was fragmented into a number of petty kingdoms and principalities in 1490, but after the rule of the father and son, Kings Teimuraz II and Erekle II Georgia started to strengthen. Under the King Erekle II in 1763 two separated kingdoms of Kartli and Kakheti had been united. Later in 1790 under the same King Erekle was signed a treaty named treaty of Iverians (Georgians). Important is that by this treaty king of imereti, the Prince of Mengrelia and the Prince of Guria recognized King Erekle II as sovereign over them.
HRH Prince Nugzar has strong superior over representatives of all Bagrations as he descends both in the male line from the last king of the united Georgia Giorgi VIII (1446-1466) (After the whom the country was divided into parts) and also from the last king of Georgia, George XII, who died in 1800.
In 2006 a memorandum was signed by all representatives of society "House of Bagrationi", including Royal and princely branches, according to which Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski is recognized as heir to the throne. The memorandum rests upon the legal, historical and genealogical basics; historical-legal documents of the historians of the Academy of Sciences; recognitions of the Georgian genealogical society and the assembly of the Georgian nobility; the historical-legal documents preserved in the archives of the Georgian and Russian state archives; recognitions of all Russian Monarchy Centre and the scientific board of the Moscow Memorial Museum of the Russian Imperial Name and the Peter-Paul Imperial Society.
HRH Crown Prince Nugzar has only two daughters, elder Princess Anna of Georgia and Princess Maia of Georgia. Princess Anna is the heir to the throne of Georgia after her father – HRH Prince Nugzar. She has two daughters from the first marriage which was implemented in full compliance with the Georgian Dynastic Law. Thus these children - HRH Princess Irine (b.2003) and HRH Princess Mariam (b.2007) have the royal name of Bagrationi-Gruzinskis and who are the dynasts of the royal house of Georgia.
The second marriage of H.R.H. Princess Anna of Georgia with Prince David on 8 February of 2009 should also be recognized to be in accordance with the Georgian dynastic law of “Zedsidzeoba”. It is important to mention that under the Georgian Dynastic Law this marriage does not give Prince David any sovereignty. Under this law, Prince David would be recognized solely as the Prince consort for H.R.H. Princess Anna of Georgia.
Accordingly, the born child from this marriage would inherit royal rights from the line of his mother. It is important to note that by Georgian Dynastic Law a male descendent of the Royal House has priority over any females in the line of succession.
Representatives of the two families, Bagrationi-Gruzinski and Bagration Mukhranski, collaborated on a post-marriage dynastic succession agreement, and the outline of the agreement was sent to His Holiness, the Patriarch of Georgia, Ilia II (This agreement acknowledged H.R.H. Prince Nugzar’s line as the true royal line with his dynastic rights passing to the children of Prince David and H.R.H. Princess Anna). Unfortunately, Prince Davit left the country without completing the request and signing this important document.
Thus, if above mentioned marriage will fit the Dynastic Law then Prince Giorgi will surpass his older sisters in the line of succession - Were Prince Giorgi to become a dynast, he would be the heir apparent to the throne after his mother.
Heirs Apparent to the throne after her/his mother, HRH Princess Anna of Georgia:
Princess Irine of Georgia, Elder daughter from the first marriage of Princess Anna of Georgia
The second marriage of H.R.H. Princess Anna of Georgia with Prince David on 8 February of 2009, Prince Giorgi (picture when he turned one year old on September 27, 2012).
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