Thursday, May 6, 2021

On This Day in 1981: The Baptism of Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia

Archbishop Anthony of Los Angeles prepares to baptise Grand Duke George, who is held by his grandfather Grand Duke Vladimir.
Helen Kirby with her nephew and godson Grand Duke George. 
Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich, his cousin Prince Georg-Dietrich von Schoenaich-Carolath, and Princess Magdalena of Prussia.

On 6 May 1981, Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia was baptised in Madrid. The baby Romanov was born on 13 March 1981 in the Spanish capital. George was the first and only child of Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia (b.1953) and Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich of Russia (b.1943; né Prince Franz-Wilhelm of Prussia), who married in 1976. Archbishop Antony Sinkevitch of Los Angeles, who officiated at the wedding of Grand Duchess Maria and Grand Duke Michael, presided over the baptism of their son. Grand Duke George Mikhailovich had King Constantine II of Greece as his godfather (as the king was unable to attend, the infant's grandfather Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich acted as proxy); George's godmother was his aunt Helen Louise Kirby. The baptism of the eventual heir of the Imperial House of Russia was attended by King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía of Spain, King Simeon II of Bulgaria, Princess Magdalena of Prussia (widow of Prince Hubertus), Infante Luís Alfonso of Spain, Princess Marisol of Bavaria, Prince Bagrat Bagration-Mukhransky, and Prince Georg-Dietrich von Schoenaich-Carolath. 

Grand Duchess Maria holding her son Grand Duke George, Grand Duke Vladimir and Grand Duchess Leonida, and Queen Sofía. The imperial family celebrated Orthodox Easter after the baptism.
Prince Bagrat Bagration, King Simeon of Bulgaria, and Grand Duchess Maria.
Infante Luís Alfonso of Spain, Princess Marisol of Bavaria, Princess Maria del Carmen Bagration, and Prince Bagrat Bagration.

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