Leone Mercedes Augusta Silva Elisabeth Margarethe of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach was born on October 18, 1872 in Weimar, Germany. She was the daughter of Grand Duke Karl Alexander of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach and his wife, Princess Sophie of the Netherlands. She was the eldest of five children.

Leone was educated in Weimar and had a strong interest in the arts. She was trained in music and painting, and was a talented pianist. She also developed an interest in literature, and was a published author.

Leone married Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine in 1893. The couple had two children, Princess Elisabeth and Prince Friedrich.

Leone and her husband were active in the social life of Weimar and were frequent guests at the court of her father, the Grand Duke. In addition, Leone was an active patron of the arts and was a supporter of various charities.

Leone died on April 8, 1925 in Weimar. She is buried in the Weimar cemetery.

Michael, Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach

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Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Michael
Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Duke of Saxony
Head of the House of
Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
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
Names
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.

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 Leonie Mercedes Augusta Silva Elisabeth.

Honours and awards

Nongovernmental organizations

Slovakia Slovakia, Servare et Manere

Ancestry

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

References

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

Born: 15 November 1946

Titles in pretence
Preceded by

— 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
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 2nd generation 3rd generation 4th generation 5th generation 6th generation
  • 1lost his title due to an unequal marriage


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