Duke Philipp of Württemberg

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Duke of Württemberg
Duke Philipp of Württemberg.jpg
Born (1838-07-30)30 July 1838
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Kingdom of the French
Died 11 October 1917(1917-10-11) (aged 79)
Stuttgart, Kingdom of Württemberg
Spouse Archduchess Marie-Thérèse of Teschen
Issue Albrecht, Duke of Württemberg
Duchess Marie Amélie of Württemberg
Duchess Maria Isabella of Württemberg
Duke Robert of Württemberg
Duke Ulrich of Württemberg
Full name
Philipp Alexander Maria Ernst
House House of Württemberg
Father Duke Alexander of Württemberg
Mother Princess Marie d'Orléans
Religion Roman Catholicism

Duke Philipp of Württemberg (1838, Neuilly-sur-Seine – 1917, Stuttgart) was a German prince, head of the Roman Catholic cadet branch of the dynasty which ruled the Kingdom of Württemberg. He was the son of Duke Alexander and of Princess Marie d'Orléans, a daughter of Louis Philippe, King of the French.[1]

Upon the death of his cousin Duke Nicholas of Württemberg in 1903,[2] he became heir presumptive to the royal throne of Württemberg. He never succeeded to the crown because on 29 November 1918, when Württemberg's monarchy was abolished in the collapse of the German Empire following World War I, his kinsman of the senior branch of the dynasty, Wilhelm II, was still king (and lived, after his abdication, until 2 October 1921).[2]

Marriage and issue[edit]

In 1865 Philip of Württemberg married Archduchess Marie-Thérèse of Teschen (1845–1927) (daughter of Archduke Albert, Duke of Teschen and Princess Hildegard of Bavaria). They had five children:[1]

Ducal branch of the royal dynasty[edit]

Philip of Württemberg belonged to the fifth branch (called the "Ducal branch") of the House of Württemberg, descended from the seventh son of Frederick II Eugene, Duke of Württemberg.[2] On the extinction of the eldest branch in 1921, the Catholic ducal line remained the only dynastic branch of the formerly reigning family. The House of Württemberg's two morganatic branches - that of the Dukes of Teck (extinct in the male line in 1981), and of the Dukes of Urach - were genealogically senior to the the Ducal branch, but had been ineligible to succeed to the throne.[2]

Philip is the direct ancestor of the current claimant to the Kingdom of Württemberg: Carl, Duke of Württemberg.[1]


Duke Philipp of Württemberg
Born: 30 July 1838 Died: 11 October 1917
German royalty
Preceded by
Duke Nicholas
Heir to the Throne of Württemberg
as heir presumptive
22 February 1903 – 11 October 1917
Succeeded by
Duke Albrecht


  1. ^ a b c Huberty, Michel; Giraud, Alain; Magdelaine, F. and B. (1979). L'Allemagne Dynastique, Tome II -- Anhalt-Lippe-Wurtemberg. France: Laballery. pp. 499, 527, 542, 554. ISBN 2-901138-02-0. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Almanach de Gotha, Haus Württemberg (Maison de Wurtemberg). Gotha. [[Justus Perthes (publishing company)|]], 1944), pp. 131-132, (French).