Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse Has Died
The Head of the House of Hesse, Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse, has passed away at the age of eighty-six.
The Landgrave passed away in the afternoon of May 23rd, following a long-term lung illness. The news was confirmed by Mark Miller, the Director of the Hessian House Foundation.
Landgrave Moritz was born on August 6th, 1926 at the Castle of Racconigi in Cuneo, Italy, as the eldest child of Philipp, Landgrave of Hesse and Princess Mafalda of Savoy. Three siblings followed: Prince Heinrich, Prince Otto and Princess Elisabeth. Moritz’s childhood was spent in Rome, Italy and Cassel, Germany; before he and his siblings moved to Kronberg im Taunus following his mother’s death at the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1944.
In 1964, he married Princess Tatiana of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, and had four children – Princess Mafalda; the new Head of the House, Heinrich Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse; Princess Elena; and Prince Philipp – before divorcing in 1974.
Prince Moritz succeeded his father as Head of the House of Hesse upon his death in October 1980, and assumed the traditional title of Landgrave of Hesse as was his right following the unification of the two main branches of the House of Hesse (Hesse-Cassel and Hesse-Darmstadt) in 1968.
He is survived by his four children and ten grandchildren. Funeral information will be released at a later date.Filed under German Royals
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