Eduard, Prince of Anhalt

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Prince of Anhalt
Spouse Corinne Krönlein
Issue Julia Katharina
Julia Eilika
Julia Felicitas
Full name
Julius Eduard Ernst August Erdmann
House House of Ascania
Father Joachim Ernst, Duke of Anhalt
Mother Editha von Marwitz
Born (1941-12-03) 3 December 1941 (age 73)
Ballenstedt, Anhalt (now Saxony-Anhalt), Germany

Julius Eduard Prince of Anhalt (German: Julius Eduard Erdmann Ernst-August Prinz von Anhalt; born 3 December 1941), usually referred to as Prince Eduard, is the head of the House of Ascania,[1] the family which ruled the Duchy of Anhalt until 1918.

Early life and family[edit]

Eduard was born at Schloss Ballenstedt in Ballenstedt, in what is now the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, the youngest of the five children of the last reigning Duke of Anhalt, Joachim Ernst, and of his second wife Editha Marwitz (von Stephani, by adoption), natural daughter of Wilhelm Horn by Irmgard Marwitz.[2]

On 9 October 1963, Eduard's older brother Friedrich died childless in a car crash,[2] and Eduard succeeded him as head of the house of Ascania. He uses the title Prince of Anhalt,[1][3] but is referred to by others as Duke of Anhalt.[4][5] The succession of Eduard and his brother was disputed by their uncle Prince Eugen who also claimed the headship of house after the death of Duke Joachim Ernst.[6][7] The death without male issue in 1980 of Prince Eugen left Prince Eduard as the sole claimant to the headship of the house.

Eduard lived in the United States for several years before returning to Germany in 1967. He has been a journalist and columnist for numerous German magazines. He has also hosted a television programme Adel verpflichet (Noblesse oblige) for RTL Television.[8] Subsequently, Anhalt became a frequent German television commentator for royal events.[9]

In 1978, Eduard wrote a book[10] about his family's traditions, Askanische Sagen Über die Entstehung der Deutschen (English: Ascanian Legends and the Origins of the Germans).[11] A revised and expanded edition of the book with the title Sagenhaftes Askanien: Geschichten und Legenden (English: Incredible Ascania, Stories and Legends) was published in 2004.[12]

In 1990, Eduard launched a lawsuit to regain ownership of his family property Schloss Ballenstedt, which had been confiscated by the Communist authorities in East Germany after World War II.[13]

Eduard gained international attention in August 2010 when he claimed to have advanced knowledge of the engagement of his distant cousin Prince William of Wales to Kate Middleton.[14] Although the British Royal family denied Eduard's claim with one source stating "This gentleman does not know what he is talking about,”[15] Prince William's wedding was indeed announced a few months later as Anhalt had suggested.[16]

Marriage and children[edit]

On 21 July 1980, in Munich, Eduard married Corinna Krönlein (born 19 August 1961) in a civil ceremony.[2] The couple renewed their vows in a religious ceremony on 7 June 1986 in S-charl, near Scuol, Switzerland. Eduard and Corinna have three children:

  • Julia Katharina (born 14 December 1980, Bad Tolz) married Marc Bernath.
    • Julius Maxime Laszlo[17] (born 21 Dec 2010, Munich)[3][18]
  • Julia Eilika Nicole (born 1 January 1985, Munich), has a son and a daughter with her partner.[3]
    • Son Leopold
    • Daughter Julia Philine (born 1 September 2013, Berlin)
  • Julia Felicitas Leopoldine Friederike Franziska (born 14 May 1993, Munich)

Eduard is the last male of what is considered the "House of Ascania". If Eduard dies without male issue, the House will be considered extinct. The male line of Ascanians survives, however, in the counts von Westarp, descendants of Prince Franz of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym and his morganatic wife Karoline Westarp and the counts von Waldersee who descend from Count Franz Johann von Waldersee (1763–1823), illegitimate son of Leopold III, Duke of Anhalt-Dessau (1740–1817) and his mistress Eleonore Hofmeyer (1739–1816).


Eduard is Grand Master of the Order of Albert the Bear,[19] founded in 1836.[20] On 6 March 2007 he was invested with the insignia of a Bailiff Grand Cross of Justice, of Honour of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George by the Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria.[4]

Eduard has served as deputy chairman of the Société des Amis of the Almanach de Gotha.[5]



  1. ^ a b Casagrande, Sabina (31 August 2007). "German Duke: Diana Revolutionized Europe's Monarchies". Deutsch Welle. Retrieved 4 December 2011. Prince Julius Eduard von Anhalt, Duke of Saxony, is the head of the House of Anhalt-Ascania and a member of Germany's higher nobility. 
  2. ^ a b c Paul Theroff, An Online Gotha: Anhalt
  3. ^ a b c Anhalt-Askanien: Family
  4. ^ a b Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George H.H. The Duke of Anhalt Appointed Bailiff Grand Cross of Justice, of Honor
  5. ^ a b Almanach de Gotha, Société des Amis de l'Almanach de Gotha at the Wayback Machine (archived February 11, 2006)
  6. ^ Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh (ed.) (1977). Burke's Royal Families of the World, 1st edition. London: Burke's Peerage. pp. 195–196. ISBN 0-85011-023-8. 
  7. ^ Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels: Furstliche Hauser Band III. C. A. Starke Verlag. 1955. p. 3. 
  8. ^ Schmemann, Serge (29 April 1990). "EVOLUTION IN EUROPE; A Prince, His Castle and the Tenants". New York Times. Retrieved 4 December 2011. He ended up as host of a series on the nobility of Europe, Noblesse Oblige. 
  9. ^ Von Tuma, Thomas (20 March 2000). "Rent A Royal". Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 4 December 2011. In Wahrheit, glauben Experten, ließe sich aus den Wappenträgern noch weit mehr rausholen. "Die Werbewirtschaft hat die Zugkraft deutscher Adelshäuser, die Geschichte und Glaubwürdigkeit repräsentieren, einfach noch nicht erkannt", glaubt Eduard Prinz von Anhalt, medialer Aktiv-Posten des deutschen Hochadels und gern bei Königshochzeiten als TV-Kommentator präsent. 
  10. ^ Deutschen Nat. "Anhalt, Eduard von". Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  11. ^ Anhalt, Eduard Prinz von (1978). Askanische Sagen Über die Entstehung der Deutschen (in German). München, Bayern, Deutschland: Mahnert-Lueg. 
  12. ^ Prinz von Anhalt, Eduard (2004). Sagenhaftes Askanien. Geschichten und Legenden (in German). München, Bayern, Deutschland: Langen/Müller. ISBN 978-3-7844-2974-8. 
  13. ^ Serge Schmemann, "Evolution in Europe: A Prince, His Castle and the Tenants", New York Times ( 29 April 1990).
  14. ^ Schlesinger, Faye (20 August 2010). "William and Kate are already engaged and will marry next year royal cousin tells magazine". Daily Mail. Retrieved 4 December 2011. A cousin of Prince Charles has claimed Prince William is already engaged to Kate Middleton and the pair have invited him to their wedding. 
  15. ^ "Palace clears up mystery of Kate and Wills’ wedding". Hello. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2011. The recent rumour of royal wedding bells soon ringing for Kate Middleton and Prince William has been called “nonsense and speculation” by St James's Palace. 
  16. ^ "Press Release: His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton are engaged to be married". The Prince of Wales. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  17. ^ Die Töchter Anhalts, Mitteldeustche Zeitung. 2 February 2012. "Genau. Sie haben unseren Nachnamen bekommen."
  18. ^ Royal News of 2011, Section I
  19. ^ Eduard Prinz von Anhalt, Corinna Prinzessin von Anhalt. "Orden Albrecht-der-Baer". Anhalt-Askanien. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  20. ^ Burke, Bernard (1858). The book of orders of knighthood and decorations of honour of all nations: comprising a historical account of each order, military, naval, and civil, from the earliest to the present time, with lists of the knights and companions of each British order. London: Hurst And Blackett. pp. 1–2. 

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Eduard, Prince of Anhalt
Born: 3 December 1941
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Duke of Anhalt
9 October 1963 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Duchy abolished in 1918