Michael, Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach was a member of the German nobility who was born on February 27, 1946. As the eldest son of Prince Wilhelm Ernst and his wife, Baroness Eleonore von Sternburg, Michael was the heir to the Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach dynasty, which had played a prominent role in German history since the Middle Ages. Throughout his life, Michael was known for his philanthropy, his passion for music, and his commitment to preserving his family’s cultural heritage. Although he never held any political office, Michael was widely respected for his intelligence, his compassion, and his tireless efforts to promote the arts and education in Germany and beyond. Despite passing away in 2020, Michael’s legacy continues to inspire generations to come.

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Michael, Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach

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Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Duke of Saxony
Head of the House of
Tenure 14 October 1988 – present
Predecessor Hereditary Grand Duke Charles Augustus
Heir presumptive Prince Wilhelm Ernst
Born (1946-11-15) 15 November 1946 (age 76)
Bamberg, Germany
Spouses Renate Henkel (div.)
Dagmar Hennings
Issue Leonie Mercedes Augusta Silva Elisabeth Margarethe
Michael Benedikt Georg Jobst Carl Alexander Bernhard Claus Friedrich
House Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Father Charles Augustus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Mother Baroness Elisabeth von Wangenheim-Winterstein
Religion Lutheranism

Michael, Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach PMSP (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, Prince Michael succeeded him as Head of the House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. On 13 February 1991, he inherited the leadership in the House of Saxe-Altenburg,[citation needed] as that line became extinct, and since 23 July 2012 he regards the Albertine royal Saxon line to be extinct. However, Prince Michael has also stated that he “[does not] believe in historical carnival” and that “Germany should have done it like Austria long ago and abolished all titles.”

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.

Since Prince Michael has no sons, the current heir to the headship of the grand ducal house is his elder (by age) first cousin, Prince Wilhelm Ernst (b. 10 August 1946), whose only son Prince Georg-Constantin (13 April 1977 – 9 June 2018), a banker who was married but without issue, was killed in a horse riding accident on 9 June 2018 while riding with Jean Christophe Iseux von Pfetten. Therefore, the Grand Ducal House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach will most likely become extinct in the male line.


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:

  • Leonie Mercedes Augusta Silva Elisabeth Margarethe of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (b. Frankfurt, 30 October 1986). She graduated with her Abitur from high school at Schule Schloss Salem, where she became involved in theatre and hockey and was a Student Representative (Schulsprecher), between 2001 and 2006, after which she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Media and Cultural Studies from the University of the Arts London from 2007 to 2010. Meanwhile, she was employed as an Intern Photographer of Contemporary Art for Sotheby’s London between January and June 2007, as an Intern for “BILD” at Axel Springer SE at Frankfurt and surrounding area in September 2008, as an Intern at “Tatler” in April 2009 and then as an Intern for “Vogue Russia” in June 2009 both at Condé Nast International, and then again at Axel Springer SE as an Intern at the Editorial Team of “ICON Welt am Sonntag” at Berlin and surrounding area in September 2009. After graduating, she worked at n-tv The News Channel – Der Nachrichtensender, firstly as an Intern between August and December 2010 and then as a Title Editor and Reporter between January 2011 and December 2013, both of the Editorial Office “5th Avenue”, after which she went to Media Group RTL Germany, where she worked firstly as an Editor and Reporter at the RTL “Punkt 12 VIP” between January and October 2014 and afterwards as an Editor and Reporter at the RTL “Capital Studio People” and Lifestyle Editorial Office at Berlin and surrounding area since November 2014.

Honours and awards

Nongovernmental organizations

Slovakia Slovakia, Servare et Manere

  • Memorial Medal of Tree of Peace Memorial Medal of Tree of Peace, Special class with rubies, (May 12, 2022).


Ancestors of Michael, Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
8. Charles Augustus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
4. William Ernest, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
9. Princess Pauline of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
2. Charles Augustus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
10. Prince Friedrich Johann of Saxe-Meiningen
5. Princess Feodora of Saxe-Meiningen
11. Countess Adelaide of Lippe-Biesterfeld
1. Michael, Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
12. Baron Otto von Wangenheim-Winterstein
6. Baron Othmar von Wangenheim-Winterstein
13. Emma Marie von Henning auf Schönhoff
3. Baroness Elisabeth von Wangenheim-Winterstein
14. Baron Maximilian von Trützschler zum Falkenstein
7. Baroness Mathilde von Trützschler zum Falkenstein
15. Baroness Isidore von Uckermann-Bendeleben


Michael, Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Cadet branch of the House of Wettin

Born: 15 November 1946

Titles in pretence
Preceded by

Charles Augustus
Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
14 October 1988 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Grand Duchy abolished in 1918
Prince Wilhelm Ernst of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Head of the House of Wettin
14 October 1988 – present
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Princes of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
The generations are numbered from the ascension of Karl August as Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach in 1809 and later Grand Duke in 1815.
1st generation
  • Grand Duke Charles Frederick
  • Prince Bernhard
2nd generation
  • Grand Duke Charles Alexander
  • Prince Edward
  • Prince Hermann
3rd generation
  • Hereditary Grand Duke Charles Augustus
  • Prince Wilhelm
4th generation
  • Grand Duke William Ernest
  • Prince Bernhard
  • Prince Hermann1
5th generation
  • Hereditary Grand Duke Charles Augustus
6th generation
  • Michael, Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
  • 1lost his title due to an unequal marriage

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