Michael, Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach

Michael, Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Michael
Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Head of the House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Reign 14 October 1988 - present
Predecessor Hereditary Grand Duke Charles Augustus
Heir-Presumptive Prince Wilhelm Ernst
Spouse Dagmar Hennings
Issue
Princess Leonie
Full name
Michael Benedikt Georg Jobst Carl Alexander Bernhard Claus Friedrich
House House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Father Charles Augustus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Mother Baroness Elisabeth of Wangenheim-Winterstein
Born 15 November 1946 (1946-11-15) (age 64)
Bamberg, Germany
Grand Ducal Family of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Blason Grand-Duché de Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.svg
  • HRH The Prince
    HRH The Princess
    • HH Princess Leonie
  • HH Princess Elisabeth
  • HH Princess Beatrice-Maria, Mrs. Davidson
v · German: Michael Prinz von Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach) (born 15 November 1946) is a German prince and the current head of the Grand Ducal House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, as well as senior agnate of the entire House of Wettin.

He was born in Bamberg, Bavaria the only son of Hereditary Grand Duke Charles Augustus of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach and Baroness Elisabeth of Wangenheim-Winterstein (1912–2010). When his father died in 1988, Michael succeeded as Head of the House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. In 1991 the representation of Saxe-Altenburg was merged with his', since he would have inherited the State if the Dukedoms were in existence.

Michael is in the Line of succession to the British throne, being a great5-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 of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (b. 1946), followed by Wilhelm Ernst's son Prince Georg Konstantin (b. 1977)

Marriages

Prince Michael married Renate Henkel (b. Heidelberg, 17 September 1947), daughter of Konrad Henkel and wife Jutta von Hülsen, in a civil ceremony 9 June 1970 at Hamburg-Eimsbüttel. They were married 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:

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

Ancestry

External links

Michael, Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Cadet branch of the House of Wettin
Born: 15 November 1946
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Charles Augustus
— TITULAR —
Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
14 October 1988 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Grand Duchy abolished in 1918
Incumbent
Heir:
Prince Wilhelm Ernst of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Head of the House of Wettin
14 October 1988 – present
British royalty
Preceded by
Prince Edzard of Wied
Line of succession to the British Throne Succeeded by
Princess Leonie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach



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