House of Wettin, Albertine Line
The House of Wettin, Albertine Line, also known as the Royal House of Saxony, is a royal house which ruled Saxony as firstly dukes, then electors and finally kings between 1464 and 1918. The Albertine line of the House of Wettin takes its name from its progenitor, Albert III, Duke of Saxony, it is the most junior line of the House of Wettin.
The House of Wettin, Albertine Line has supplied a number of monarchs of Poland. Augustus II the Strong, Elector of Saxony was king of Poland between 1697 and 1706 and again between 1709 and 1733, followed by his son Augustus III of Poland between 1733 and 1763. King Frederick Augustus I of Saxony was the Grand Duke of Warsaw between 1807 and 1815.
Since the childless death of Maria Emanuel, Margrave of Meissen in 2012 there has been a dispute over the headship of the family, with the position claimed by his younger brother Prince Albert, and the brothers maternal nephew and Maria Emanuel's adopted son Alexander. Prince Albert favoured securing the continuation of the Albertine Line through Prince Rüdiger of Saxony and his three sons who descend from an originally morganatic marriage.
The elder son of Prince Rüdiger, Daniel, Prince of Saxony is the today a claimant to the headship of the House of Wettin, Albertine Line in opposition to Alexander. The Ernestine Wettin's have stated they recognise neither as the legitimate head of the Royal Family of Saxony and consider the Albertine Line to have become extinct.