Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse

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Donatus
Prince and Landgrave of Hesse
Spouse Countess Floria Franziska Marie-Luisa Erika von Faber-Castell
Issue Princess Paulina of Hesse
Moritz, Hereditary Prince of Hesse
Prince August of Hesse
Full name
Heinrich Donatus Philipp Umberto
House House of Hesse
Father Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse
Mother Princess Tatiana of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Born (1966-10-17) 17 October 1966 (age 48)
Hessian Grand Ducal Family
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HRH The Landgrave
HRH The Landgravine

  • HRH The Hereditary Prince
  • HH Princess Paulina
  • HH Prince August

  • HH Princess Mafalda
  • HH Princess Elena
  • HH Prince Philipp
    HH Princess Laetitia
    • HH Princess Elena
    • HH Prince Tito

HH Princess Elisabeth


Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse (Heinrich Donatus Philipp Umberto; born 17 October 1966) is the eldest son and successor of German aristocrat Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse, and his former wife, Princess Tatiana of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. A great-grandson of Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, he is named in part after Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse. He is also a great-great-great grandson of Queen Victoria, through his paternal grandfather Philipp's mother Margaret. Margaret's maternal grandmother is Queen Victoria. Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse father is a 3rd cousin of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

Profession[edit]

A trained economist, Donatus directs a foundation established to curate and showcase the cultural heritage and history of the House of Hesse,[1] a dynasty which ruled the Electorate of Hesse-Cassel until 1866, the Grand Duchy of Hesse and by Rhine until 1918, and whose male-line descendants include such renowned historical figures as the Protestant leader Philip the Magnanimous, the Swedish king Frederick I, Russia's tragic last tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, the exiled Spanish queen Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, and Britain's last viceroy of India, the assassinated Louis, Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

Donatus also manages Prinz von Hessen, a winery specializing in production of varietal vintages on his 45 hectare vineyard.[1]

Prince Donatus' father became the head of the Hesse-Cassel line on the death of his own father, Landgrave Philip in 1980.[2] Having also been the adopted son and heir of his distant cousin, Louis, Prince of Hesse and by Rhine, the latter's death in 1968 as the last male of the Hesse-Darmstadt branch left Moritz head of the entire House of Hesse, to which Donatus is the successor.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Donatus married Countess Floria Franziska Marie-Luisa Erika von Faber-Castell (born 14 October 1974 Düsseldorf) in a civil ceremony in Wiesbaden on 25 April 2003. The bride is a communications professional and a niece of Count Anton Wolfgang von Faber-Castell, chairman of the board of the famous Faber-Castell pen-and-pencil company headquartered near Nuremberg.[1]

The couple's elaborate religious wedding ceremony took place on 17 May 2003, attended by numerous royalty and aristocrats.[3] Held at the Johanneskirche and followed by a grand ball in the Green Salon, state room of the former Friedrichshof palace in Kronberg (now a luxury hotel and golf course) where Donatus's ancestress, the German Empress Frederick, lived in widowhood, more than 300 guests witnessed the nuptials.[1] Among them was Caroline, Princess of Hanover, the heiress presumptive of Monaco;[1] Princess Benedikte of Denmark, aunt of the bridesgroom and sister of Queens Margrethe II and Anne-Marie of Greece; and Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis, known prior to her widowhood as the jet-setting icon, "Princess TNT".

Landgrave Donatus and his wife have a daughter and two sons, Princess Paulina and Hereditary Prince Moritz (twins, born 26 March 2007, Frankfurt am Main, Germany) and Prince August (born 24 August 2012, Frankfurt am Main, Germany).[4]

Ancestry[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Hessen-Prinz heiratet Faber-Castell-Gräfin". Stern. 18 May 2003. 
  2. ^ Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels; Furstlich Hauser Band XVI. Limburg-an-der-Lahn, Germany: C. A. Starke. 2001. pp. 24–25, 33. ISBN 3-7980-0824-8. 
  3. ^ "Mariage chez les Faber-Castell". PurePeople.com. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  4. ^ An Online Gotha - Hesse
Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse
Born: 17 October 1967
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Alexia Brandram
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Victoria, Princess Royal, daughter of Queen Victoria
Succeeded by
Moritz, Hereditary Prince of Hesse
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse
Head of the House of Hesse
23 May 2013 –
Succeeded by
Moritz, Hereditary Prince of Hesse
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse
— TITULAR —
King of Finnland and Karelia
23 May 2013 –
Reason for succession failure:
Kingdom abolished in 1918
Succeeded by
Moritz, Hereditary Prince of Hesse
— TITULAR —
Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine
23 May 2013 –
Reason for succession failure:
Grand Duchy abolished in 1918
— TITULAR —
Elector of Hesse
23 May 2013 –
Reason for succession failure:
Electorate annexed by Prussia in 1866