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Michael-Benedikt of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach

Michael-Benedikt of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach German prince

German prince
Michael-Benedikt of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro German prince
Is Businessperson Prince
From Germany
Type Business Royals
Gender male
Birth 15 November 1946, Bamberg, Germany
Age: 73 years
Star sign ScorpioScorpio
Family
Mother: Baroness Elisabeth of Wangenheim-Winterstein
Father: Charles Augustus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1912–1988)
Awards
Maecenas-Ehrung 2005
The details

Biography

Michael, Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (German: Michael Prinz von Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach) (born 15 November 1946) is the current head of the Grand Ducal House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, as well as the most senior agnate of the entire House of Wettin.

Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach

Prince Michael was born in Bamberg, Bavaria, the only son of Hereditary Grand Duke Charles Augustus of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach and Baroness Elisabeth von Wangenheim-Winterstein (1912–2010). Among his godparents were Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia imposter, Anna Anderson, who was living with his aunt Princess Luise of Saxe-Meiningen.

When his father died on 14 October 1988, Michael succeeded as Head of the House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. On 13 February 1991 he inherited the leadership in the House of Saxe-Altenburg, as that line went extinct and since 23 July 2012 he regards the Albertine royal Saxon line to also be extinct.

In 2004 he withdrew his claim for restitution of numerous properties, archives (partly including those of Schiller and Goethe) as well as priceless artwork in a settlement with the Free State of Thuringia and acquired some forest estates in exchange.

According to Semi-Salic law of succession, as the most senior agnate of the House of Wettin, Prince Michael is the general heir to Margaret of Hohenstaufen in her claim to the Duchy of Swabia.

Michael is in the line of succession to the British throne, being a great-grandson of Princess Augusta, eldest sister of King George III. As he has no sons, the current heir to the headship of the grand ducal house is his cousin Prince Wilhelm Ernst (b. 10 August 1946), whose only son Prince Georg-Constantin (13 April 1977 - 9 June 2018), a banker, was killed in a horse riding accident on 9 June 2018. The Grand-Ducal House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach will, therefore, eventually become extinct in the male line.

Marriages

Prince Michael married Renate Henkel (b. Heidelberg, 17 September 1947), daughter of industrialist Konrad Henkel and wife Jutta von Hülsen and sister of Christoph Henkel, in a civil ceremony on 9 June 1970 at Hamburg-Eimsbüttel, and religiously on 4 July 1970 at Linnep bei Breitscheid. The marriage was childless and dissolved by divorce at Düsseldorf on 9 March 1974.

He was married secondly to Dagmar Hennings (b. Niederpöcking, 24 June 1948), daughter of Henrich Hennings and wife Margarethe Schacht, in London on 15 November 1980. They have one daughter:

  • Princess Leonie Mercedes Augusta Silva Elisabeth Margarethe of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (b. Frankfurt, 30 October 1986).

Ancestry

16. Charles Alexander, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
16. Charles Alexander, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
8. Charles Augustus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
17. Princess Sophie of the Netherlands
4. William Ernest, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
18. Prince Hermann of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
9. Princess Pauline of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
19. Princess Augusta of Württemberg
2. Charles Augustus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
20. Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
10. Prince Friedrich Johann of Saxe-Meiningen
21. Princess Feodora of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
5. Princess Feodora of Saxe-Meiningen
22. Ernst, Count of Lippe-Biesterfeld
11. Countess Adelaide of Lippe-Biesterfeld
23. Countess Karoline von Wartensleben
1. Michael, Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
6. Baron Othmar von Wangenheim
3. Baroness Elisabeth von Wangenheim-Winterstein
7. Maud von Trützschler, Baroness von Falkenstein
16. Charles Alexander, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
8. Charles Augustus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
17. Princess Sophie of the Netherlands
4. William Ernest, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
18. Prince Hermann of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
9. Princess Pauline of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
19. Princess Augusta of Württemberg
2. Charles Augustus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
20. Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
10. Prince Friedrich Johann of Saxe-Meiningen
21. Princess Feodora of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
5. Princess Feodora of Saxe-Meiningen
22. Ernst, Count of Lippe-Biesterfeld
11. Countess Adelaide of Lippe-Biesterfeld
23. Countess Karoline von Wartensleben
1. Michael, Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
6. Baron Othmar von Wangenheim
3. Baroness Elisabeth von Wangenheim-Winterstein
7. Maud von Trützschler, Baroness von Falkenstein
8. Charles Augustus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
17. Princess Sophie of the Netherlands
4. William Ernest, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
18. Prince Hermann of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
9. Princess Pauline of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
19. Princess Augusta of Württemberg
2. Charles Augustus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
20. Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
10. Prince Friedrich Johann of Saxe-Meiningen
21. Princess Feodora of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
5. Princess Feodora of Saxe-Meiningen
22. Ernst, Count of Lippe-Biesterfeld
11. Countess Adelaide of Lippe-Biesterfeld
23. Countess Karoline von Wartensleben
1. Michael, Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
6. Baron Othmar von Wangenheim
3. Baroness Elisabeth von Wangenheim-Winterstein
7. Maud von Trützschler, Baroness von Falkenstein
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http://www.zum.de/psm/weimar/weimar_vve.php#First_Chapter_:_The_Individual
http://www.bmi.bund.de/cae/servlet/contentblob/150142/publicationFile/35310/Anschriften.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20150724030433/http://www.bmi.bund.de/cae/servlet/contentblob/150142/publicationFile/35310/Anschriften.pdf
https://archive.org/details/burkesguidetoroy00lond/page/266
http://www.sz-online.de/sachsen/erbfolgestreit-bei-den-wettinern-2826511.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/10/baron-breaks-tears-tells-tried-save-life-german-prince-died/
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