Andreas, Prince of Leiningen

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Prince of Leiningen
Born (1955-11-27) 27 November 1955 (age 61)
Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
Spouse Princess Alexandra of Hanover (m. 1981)
Issue Ferdinand, Hereditary Prince of Leiningen
Princess Olga
Prince Hermann
House Leiningen
Father Emich Kyrill, Prince of Leiningen
Mother Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg

Andreas, Prince of Leiningen (Andreas Fürst zu Leiningen; born 27 November 1955)[1] is the current head of the Princely House of Leiningen. He is the son of Emich Kyrill, Prince of Leiningen, and Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg. His older brother Prince Karl Emich of Leiningen lost his rights to succeed as head of the house as a result of his unequal second marriage.[2][3]

His paternal grandmother, Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna of Russia, was the eldest daughter of Kirill Vladimirovich, Grand Duke of Russia (first claimant to the throne of Russia and a grandson of Alexander II of Russia) and Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh (granddaughter of Alexander II of Russia). Because of this, he is in the line of succession to the former Russian throne.

His great-great-great grandfather, Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Emich, 3rd Prince of Leiningen, was the elder half-brother of Queen Victoria. Through his father, he is also a direct descendant (specifically a great-great-great-grandson) of Queen Victoria, through her granddaughter, Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh, whose second husband was Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich. Because of this, he is in the line of succession to the British Throne.[4]

He married Princess Alexandra of Hanover on 5 October 1981. They have three children, Hereditary Prince Ferdinand (b. 1982), Princess Olga of Leiningen (b. 1984), and Prince Hermann of Leiningen (b. 1987).

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 27 November 1955 – 24 May 1991: His Serene Highness Prince Andreas of Leiningen
  • 24 May 1991 – 30 October 1991: His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Leiningen
  • 30 October 1991 – present: His Serene Highness The Prince of Leiningen



  1. ^ Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels (2004), Volume 133, p. 249, 251.
  2. ^ Fürstenhaus zu Leiningen,
  3. ^ Leiningen Royal Family, Monarchies of Europe Archived 23 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ William Addams Reitwiesner, "Persons eligible to succeed to the British Throne as of 1 Jan 2011".
Andreas, Prince of Leiningen
Born: 27 November 1955
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Princess Theresa of Leiningen
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Alfred, son of Victoria
Succeeded by
The Hereditary Prince of Leiningen
Preceded by
Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia
Line of succession to the Russian throne (disputed)
(Vladimir Kirillovich's line)

grandson of Maria Kirillovna, eldest daughter of Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich and sister of Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich
2nd position
Succeeded by
Ferdinand, Hereditary Prince of Leiningen (3rd)
followed by Prince Hermann of Leiningen (4th), and then by Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia (5th)
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Emich Kyrill
Prince of Leiningen
1991 – present
Reason for succession failure:
German nobility titles abolished
Hereditary Prince Ferdinand