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Princess Anna of Saxony (1929–2012)

Princess Anna of Saxony (1929–2012)

The basics
Quick Facts
Gender female
Birth 13 December 1929 (Bad Wörishofen)
Death 13 March 2012 (Munich)
Mother: Princess Elisabeth Helene of Thurn and Taxis
Father: Friedrich ChristianMargrave of Meissen
Children: AlexanderMargrave of Meissen
The details

Princess Maria Anna Josepha of Saxony, Duchess of Saxony (Full German name: Maria Anna Josepha, Prinzessin von Sachsen, Herzogin zu Sachsen; 13 December 1929 – 13 March 2012) was a Princess of Saxony and member of the House of Wettin by birth and a Princess of Gessaphe and member of the House of Afif-Gessaphe by marriage.
Mathilde was the third child and second-eldest daughter of Friedrich Christian, Margrave of Meissen and his wife Princess Elisabeth Helene of Thurn and Taxis, and a younger sister of Maria Emanuel, Margrave of Meissen and Albert, Margrave of Meissen, former heads of the Royal House of Saxony and senior claimants to the defunct throne of the Kingdom of Saxony.

Marriage and issue

Anna married Roberto de Afif, Prince of Gessaphe (1916–1978), son of Alexander de Afif and his wife, Maria Atthye, on 1 May 1953 in Paris, France. Anna and Roberto had three sons:

  • Prince Alexander of Saxe-Gessaphe (born 12 February 1954 in Munich)
  • Friedrich Wilhelm de Afif, Prince of Saxe-Gessaphe (born 5 October 1955 in Mexico City)
  • Karl August de Afif, Prince of Saxe-Gessaphe (born 1 January 1958 in Mexico City)

In May 1997, Anna's elder brother Maria Emanuel, who has upheld the dynasty's marital standards despite its deposition and exile, recognized her eldest son Alexander de Afif as his heir. By formally adopting him two years later, Maria Emanuel conferred upon Alexander the legal surname of "Prinz von Sachsen" (Prince of Saxony). Thus was created the family of Saxe-Gessaphe, a cognatic offshoot of the royal House of Wettin: With the approval of Maria Emanuel, Alexander, his sons and brothers are also known as Princes of Saxe-Gessaphe.

In the spring of 1997, it was announced that the remaining dynasts of the Royal House of Saxony had met and consented to the designation of Alexander as dynastic heir in the event that none of them leave sons by dynastically valid marriages.

Titles, styles, honours, and arms

Titles and styles

  • 13 December 1929 – 1 May 1953: Her Royal Highness Princess Anna of Saxony, Duchess of Saxony
  • 1 May 1953 – 13 March 2012: Her Royal Highness Anna de Afif, Princess of Gessaphe, Princess and Duchess of Saxony


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