Succession to the Hessian throne

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The Electorate of Hesse was abolished in 1866 when it was annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia, while the Grand Duchy of Hesse and by Rhine came to an end in 1918. Like most former German realms of the Holy Roman Empire the succession in Hessian lands was semi-Salic, with the nearest female kinswoman of the last male inheriting the crown upon extinction of the dynasty in the male line. The current pretender to both Hessian thrones is Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse, from the electoral line of the family, which inherited its claim to the grand duchy following the death of Prince Louis of Hesse and by Rhine in 1968. Donatus became head of the House of Hesse on the death of his father, Prince Moritz, in 2013. Landgrave Donatus is the titular Grand Duke and Elector of Hesse.


Line of Succession in 1866[edit]

Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld and Hesse-Philippsthal[edit]

The Landgraviate of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld was annexed by Prussia in 1866. The main branch of Hesse-Philippsthal was extinguished in 1925, thus making the Barchfeld branch the only surviving one of the Hesse-Philippsthal line.

  • Chlodwig, titular Landgrave 1905–54, inherited Hesse-Philippsthal as well in 1925 (1876–1954)
    • Prince Wilhelm of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (1905–1942)
      • Wilhelm, titular Landgrave 1954–present (born 1933)
        • (1) Prince Wilhelm of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (born 1963)
          • (2) Prince Wilhelm Ernst of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (born 2005)
          • (3) Prince Philipp August of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (born 2006)
          • (4) Prince Konrad of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (born 2007)
        • Prince Otto of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (1965-2020)
          • (5) Prince Max of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (born 1999)
          • (6) Prince Moritz of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (born 2007)
          • (7) Prince Leopold of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (born 2009)
      • Prince Hermann of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (1935-2019)
        • (8) Prince Alexis of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (born 1977)

Lines of Succession in 1866[edit]

Line of Succession to the Grand Duchy of Hesse in November 1918[edit]

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