Hereditary Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach Passed Away

  March 18, 2010 at 7:10 am by

This Monday, hereditary Grand Duchess Elisabeth of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach passed away at the age of 98. The hereditary Grand Duchess was born in 1912 as Baroness Elisabeth von Wangenheim-Winterstein. She was the daughter of Baron Othmar von Wangenheim-Winterstein and Baroness Maud von Falkenstein. In 1944 she married hereditary Grand Duke Karl August of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, eldest son of the last reigning Grand Duke. The couple got three children: Princess Elisabeth (1945), Prince Michael Benedikt (1946) and Princess Beatrice-Marie (1948).

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‘My mother was a fighter’ said her son prince Michael Benedikt on Tuesday. She recovered from an accident while the doctors gave her very little chance. He also said that his mother died at home in Munich, Bavaria. Her eldest daughter, Elisabeth, lived close by and was able to take care of her mother.

In 1944 she married her husband in the Wartburg. Since that date she had a very emotional bond to the castle, says her son. She always wanted the Wartburg to be her final resting place. The family was able to make sure this actually happened, and the hereditary Grand Duchess will be buried there. Her urn will be placed in the commanders garden by a small circle of relatives. The official memorial service will be held in Munich.

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3 Responses to Hereditary Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach Passed Away

  1. Shikha Pal says:

    I thought that her title is the Grand Duchess.

  2. Marengo says:

    I am afraid not. By the time she married her husband Germany was already a republic, so he never made it to a Grand Duke. These titles are only used ot of courtesy of course, as since 1918 titles officially do not exist in Germany anymore.

  3. Rich says:

    Was she not 98 instead of 99? 1912 (-) 2010 (=) 98

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