Thursday, November 21, 2019

Grand Duchess Maria of Russia and D. Duarte, Duke of Bragança, Exchange Dynastic Orders

The Duke of Bragança, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, and Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia
Tsaritsyno Palace, 21 November 2019
Photograph (c) Russian Imperial House
This evening (21 Nov.) at Tsaritsyno Palace in Moscow, Grand Duchess Maria of Russia and Dom Duarte, Duke of Bragança, participated in an exchange of dynastic orders. Grand Duke George of Russia was also present.

The Head of the Russian Imperial House and Her August Heir
Photograph (c) Russian Imperial House
The Duke of Bragança, Grand Duke George of Russia, and Grand Duchess Maria of Russia
Photograph (c) Russian Imperial House
Grand Duchess Maria gave the Duke of Bragança the Imperial Order of St. Andrew the First-Called; the grand duchess also awarded the Imperial Order of St. Alexander Nevsky to the eldest child of the duke, D. Afonso, Prince of Beira (who was not present). On his side, the Duke of Bragança gave the Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa to Grand Duke George of Russia. In 2003, when the grand duchess visited Portugal to celebrate the Royal House of Bragança's 600th anniversary, the Duke of Bragança gave Grand Duchess Maria of Russia the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Saint Michael of the Wing. 

The Duke of Bragança presents Grand Duke George with the Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa
Photograph (c) Russian Imperial House
This dynastic affair was part of a wider event. Grand Duchess Maria of Russia was presiding over a larger ceremony wherein she granted orders to Catholicos Karekin II of All Armenians (Head of the Armenian Apostolic Church) and Matthew Festing, Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta from 2008-2017, among others. This investiture ceremony was initiated by the World Russian People’s Council with the blessing of Patriarch Kirill.

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