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The Monarchy of Bavaria
The Kingdom of Bavaria was a German state that existed from 1806 to 1918. The Bavarian Elector Maximilian IV Joseph of the House of Wittelsbach became the first King of Bavaria in 1806 as Maximilian I Joseph. The monarchy would remain held by the Wittelsbachs until the kingdom's dissolution in 1918...
was abolished in 1918. The current Head of the formerly ruling House of Wittelsbach is Franz, Duke of Bavaria
Franz Bonaventura Adalbert Maria Herzog von Bayern , styled as His Royal Highness The Duke of Bavaria, is head of the Wittelsbach family, the former ruling family of the Kingdom of Bavaria...
The succession is determined by Article 2 of Title 2 of the 1818 Constitution of the Kingdom of Bavaria, which states "The crown is hereditary among the male descendants of the royal house according to the law of primogeniture and the agnatic lineal succession.". The succession is further clarified by Title 5 of the Bavarian Royal Family Statute of 1819.
In 1948 and 1949 Crown Prince Rupprecht
Rupprecht or Rupert, Crown Prince of Bavaria was the last Bavarian Crown Prince.His full title was His Royal Highness Rupprecht Maria Luitpold Ferdinand, Crown Prince of Bavaria, Duke of Bavaria, of Franconia and in Swabia, Count Palatine of the Rhine...
, with the agreement of the other members of the house, amended the house laws to allow the succession of the sons of princes who had married into comital houses
A count or countess is an aristocratic nobleman in European countries. The word count came into English from the French comte, itself from Latin comes—in its accusative comitem—meaning "companion", and later "companion of the emperor, delegate of the emperor". The adjective form of the word is...
. In 1999 Duke Franz, with the agreement of the other members of the house, amended the house laws further to allow the succession of the sons of any princes who married with the permission of the head of the house.
The order of succession after Duke Franz is:
- Prince Max of Bavaria, Duke in Bavaria
Max-Emanuel Ludwig Maria Herzog in Bayern, sometimes styled Prince Max of Bavaria, Duke in Bavaria, born 21 January 1937 as son of Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria, is the heir presumptive to both the headship of the former Bavarian Royal House and the Jacobite Succession...
- Prince Luitpold of Bavaria
Prince Luitpold of Bavaria is a member of the Bavarian Royal House of Wittelsbach and a CEO of König Ludwig GmbH & Co. KG Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg.-Early life:...
- Prince Ludwig of Bavaria (born 1982)
- Prince Heinrich of Bavaria (born 1986)
- Prince Karl of Bavaria (born 1987)
- Pater Florian von Bayern, O.S.B.
Prince Franz-Josef of Bavaria is a member of the Bavarian Royal House of Wittelsbach and a member of the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Benedict.-Early life:Franz-Josef was born at Schloß Leutstetten near Starnberg, Bavaria...
- Prince Wolfgang of Bavaria (born 1960)
- Prince Tassilo of Bavaria (born 1992)
- Prince Richard of Bavaria (born 1993)
- Prince Philipp of Bavaria (born 1996)
- Prince Christoph of Bavaria (born 1962)
- Prince Corbinian of Bavaria (born 1996)
- Prince Stanislaus of Bavaria (born 1997)
- Prince Marcello of Bavaria (born 1998)
- Prince Leopold of Bavaria
Prince Leopold of Bavaria is a member of the Bavarian Royal House of Wittelsbach and a former champion race car driver.-Early life & racing career:...
- Prince Manuel of Bavaria
Prince Manuel of Bavaria is a member of the deposed Bavarian Royal House of Wittelsbach, and a cardiology researcher at Columbia University.-Early life:...
- Prince Leopold of Bavaria (born 2007)
- Prince Konstantin of Bavaria (born 1986)
- Prince Adalbert of Bavaria (born 1944)
- Prince Hubertus of Bavaria (born 1989)
Francois Velde, Succession Laws of the Wittelsbach (Palatinate, Bavaria)