Duke Ludwig Wilhelm in Bavaria (1884–1968)

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Duke Ludwig Wilhelm
Ludwig Wilhelm, Duke in Bavaria.jpg
Duke in Bavaria
Period 30 November 1909 – 5 November 1968
Predecessor Karl Theodor
Successor Max Emanuel
Born (1884-01-17)17 January 1884
Schloss Tegernsee, Bavaria
Died 5 November 1968(1968-11-05) (aged 84)
Wildbad Kreuth, Germany
Burial Tegernsee Abbey
Spouse Princess Eleonore Anna Lucie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
House Wittelsbach
Father Karl Theodor, Duke in Bavaria
Mother Infanta Maria Josepha of Portugal

Duke Ludwig Wilhelm Karl Norbert Theodor Johann in Bavaria (17 January 1884 – 5 November 1968) was a member of the Kingdom of Bavaria's ruling dynasty, the House of Wittelsbach. From 1909 he was the head of the Wittelsbachs' cadet branch, the Dukes in Bavaria, heirs of the Counts Palatine of Birkenfeld-Gelnhausen.


Ludwig Wilhelm was born at Schloss Tegernsee, the eldest son of Duke Karl Theodor in Bavaria and his second wife Infanta Maria Josepha of Portugal.

By royal command of King Leopold II, he received the Grand Cordon of Leopold as wedding gift in 1900 [1]. However the Prince was only 14 years old and today remains one of the youngest Grand Cordons in the Belgian History.[2]

He married Princess Eleonore Anna Lucie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, daughter of Prince Franz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Julia Cavalcanti d'Albuquerque de Villeneuve, on 19 March 1917 in Kreuth. They had no children.

After the death of his wife on 20 February 1965, he adopted the grandson of his sister Marie Gabrielle, Max Emanuel.

Ludwig Wilhelm died on 5 November 1968 in Wildbad Kreuth.



  1. ^ Wedding of his sister Elisabeth
  2. ^ Albert I;Museum Dynasticum N° .21: 2009/ n° 2.