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Old 06-15-2013, 07:23 PM
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SUMMARY taken from the Times
Published at 12:01AM, June 15 2013


A great-great grandson of Queen Victoria, Prince Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse, was the head of the House of Hesse-Kassel by descent and of Hesse-Darmstadt by adoption.

Prince Moritz Friedrich Karl Emanuel Humbert was born at the castle of Racconigi, then one of the residences of the Royal House of Savoy, in 1926, the eldest son of Philipp, Landgrave of Hesse, and his wife, Princess Mafalda, a daughter of King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy.

He descended from Queen Victoria through his paternal grandmother, Margaret, youngest daughter of Emperor Frederick III of the Germans and Victoria, the Princess Royal in Great Britain.

Prince Moritz was the senior lineal descendant of the House of HesseKassel in the north of Germany, one of four branches of the ancient House of Hesse. In 1961 Prince Moritz was chosen as heir to his cousin, Prince Ludwig of Hesse-Darmstadt. Prince Ludwig was childless and the grandson of the last Grand Duke, Ernst II.

Moritz was a compulsory member of the Jungvolk and other Nazi youth organisations.

Moritz’s father, like many German princes,was an enthusiastic Nazi, drawn into the party through his acquaintance with Hermann Goering and other high-ranking Nazis. For a time he was close to Hitler. In July 1943, however, he was put under house arrest. Formally arrested in September, he was imprisoned in Flossenbürg concentration camp until April 1945. Only in 1948 did Landgrave Philipp emerge from Nazi and then American imprisonment.

In 1943 Princess Mafalda was tricked into going into the German Embassy in Rome to collect a message; she was subsequently imprisoned in Buchenwald. Prince Moritz never saw his mother again. During those years, he and his siblings were looked after by Princess Sophia of Hesse, widow of his uncle Christophe, and sister of the Duke of Edinburgh. His mother was killed when the camp was bombed by the allies.

In the latter years of the war Moritz served on a flak battery outside Kassel and witnessed the 1943 bombing of the town which destroyed most of the Landgravine Museum in Schloss Bellevue, the church of St Martin where his ancestors were buried, and much of the family’s Schloss Fasanerie.

In April 1945 Moritz and his siblings were living with their aunt Sophia at Kronberg, another of the family seats, when they were evicted by US Occupational Forces. Presently they were all housed by Prince and Princess Ludwig of Hesse at their Schloss Wolfsgarten.

His later life was no less turbulent. As a young man he was something of a playboy, leading the high life famously portrayed by Fellini in La Dolce Vita. The film included a scene in which the body of a young woman was found on a beach. This reflected the real-life case of Wilma Montesi, an Italian fashion model, who disappeared on April 9, 1953, and whose body was found a few days later, on a private beach in Ostia. It was not clear if she had committed suicide, drowned accidentally or been murdered.

Prince Moritz, blond and good looking, was part of the fast set in which Montesi moved, and it transpired that he had been at the wheel of his car passing near the beach in question. and later came out through a gate of a private beach, less than two kilometres from the scene of the crime. He had parked his car nearby For a time his passport was taken from him, but in due course he was exonerated of any involvement in the crime, which remains unsolved.

For a decade he ran the Hesse Hausstiftung, the foundation which managed all the Darmstadt treasures and properties, later handing over responsibilities to his son. He controlled the archives at Schloss Fasanerie and took a great interest in his family’s history.

In April 1978 Prince Moritz was dramatically seized by five amateur kidnappers. They had followed his movements carefully for more than four months and hoped to make money by demanding a ransom. Prince Moritz had not locked his door or put on the burglar alarm, but he had the presence of mind to put on an orange pullover, which he never normally did, thus alerting his staff that something was amiss. He was held for 90 minutes before being rescued by police, badly bruised and suffering from a pierced lung.

In June 1964, he married at Kronberg Princess Tatiana, daughter of the 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. They had two sons and two daughter, before divorcing in 1974. The elder son, Donatus, is the new Landgrave.

Prince Moritz led an active life, relishing his deep sea diving which he refused to give up even in his 80s, despite his doctors’ warnings.

Prince Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse, was born on August 6, 1926. He died on May 23, 2013, aged 86
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Old 12-28-2013, 07:25 PM
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When Victoria Melita was married to Ernst Ludwig, did Grand Duke Cyril of Russia, his parents, and his brothers Andrew (Andrei) and Boris visit them often in Hesse-Darmstadt?

While he was attending the University of Bonn, did Prince Wilhelm of Prussia (Wilhelm II of Germany) actually propose to his cousin Elisabeth of Hesse?.

Princess Elisabeth of Prussia (1815-1885) married Prince Charles of Hesse and by Rhine in 1836. Who were her bridesmaids?
In 1820 Grand Duke Ludwig I opened his art collections to the public in the Grand Ducal Museum which was housed in his residence castle in Darmstadt.
In 1803 Hesse-Kassel (Hesse-Cassel) was raised to the status of an electorate. It was to remain the only territory so styled after the end of the Holy Roman Empire.
Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig was a patron of the arts. He founded the Darmstadt Artist's Colony. He was an author of poems, plays, essays, and piano compositions.

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Hi everyone,

I am new here but I am interested in finding out one thing...the succession rules of the House of Hesse. If a member of the House does not marry someone of equal rank, does that mean that they are then cut out of the succession or have they changed the House Rules like the Wiittelsbachs where all you need is the permission of the Head of House?

What would you need to do to change the House Rules? Does the Head of House need a majority from the members? Do members who have married morganatically still have a say in such matters? So many questions I have! Sorry!
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Sorry, another question I have is why is it that everywhere I look, it says the Head of Hessen-Philippsthal-Barchfeld is Wilhelm, the brother of Prince Hermann but its Prince Hermann and his family who live at Augustenau and manage the estate? Its Prince Hermann's son who supposedly manages the estate but his cousin is listed as the hereditary Landgrave.
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Old 10-29-2015, 01:16 PM
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Hi everyone,

I am new here but I am interested in finding out one thing...the succession rules of the House of Hesse. If a member of the House does not marry someone of equal rank, does that mean that they are then cut out of the succession or have they changed the House Rules like the Wiittelsbachs where all you need is the permission of the Head of House?

What would you need to do to change the House Rules? Does the Head of House need a majority from the members? Do members who have married morganatically still have a say in such matters? So many questions I have! Sorry!
As for the first question Prince Philipp who is married to Laetitia Bechtolf has keept his succession rights and also his son has succession rights. Probably what is needed is the Consent of the head of the House for the marriage.
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Old 11-03-2017, 05:05 AM
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Mafalda of Hesse is in relationship of Rolf Sachs

Mafalda de Hesse en couple avec Rolf Sachs - Noblesse & Royautés

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Prince Philipp and Princess Laetitia at the Chanel Trombinoscope collection Metiers d'Art 2017/18 show Paris Hamburg at Elbphilharmonie on December 6 in Hamburg, Germany.

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Heinrich Donatus, Prince of Hesse, and his wife Floria, Princess of Hesse, attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show yesterday, May 12:


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Yvonne, Princess of Hesse, attended the opera Piquet Dame during the Salzburg Festival in Salzburg, Austria, yesterday, August 5:


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In the morning of 16 March in Chambery, France Princess Mafalda of Hesse inaugurate the Queen Marie Jose Library at Lycee Sainte-Genevieve.

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In the afternoon with Prince Vittorio -Emanuele of Savoy , Princess Marina, Prince Emanuele Filiberto and Prince Serge of Serbia attends the ceremony commemorating the 35th anniversary from the death of the last king of Italy Umberto to the abbey of Hautecombe in Saint-Pierre-de-Curtille

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Old 08-09-2019, 09:53 AM
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Mafalda of Hesse with her daughter Polissena and Rolf Sachs with his daughter Roya attended the premiere of "Alcina" at the Salzburg Opera Festival 2019 in Salzburg, Austria on 8 August

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Is the official name of the House of Hesse now the House of Hesse-Kassel?
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Is the official name of the House of Hesse now the House of Hesse-Kassel?

The Kassel part was already dropped when the Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel became the Elector of Hesse in 1803.
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Mafalda of Hesse is at Lake St. Moritz, St. Moritz, Switzerland.


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Mafalda of Hesse with Rolf Sachs during the Oktoberfest 2019 at Kaeferschaenke beer tent / Theresienwiese on 26 September in Munich


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Dissolved marriage of Wilhelm II

Electoral Prince (Kurfürst) Wilhelm II of Hesse (1777-1847) was firstly married to Princess Auguste of Prussia (1780-1841). This marriage ended on October 10, 1815.
Is it true it was dissolved secretly and where/what city did that take place?
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Mafalda of Hesse with Rolf Sachs attend the Dinner in tribute to Artist Ali Banisadr at Maxim's Restaurant, as part of the FIAC 2019 - International Contemporary Art Fair, on 17 October in Paris

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