Princess Anna of Saxony (1929–2012)

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Princess Anna
Princess of Gessaphe
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Born (1929-12-13)13 December 1929
Bad Wörishofen, Bavaria, Germany
Died 13 March 2012(2012-03-13) (aged 82)[1]
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Spouse Roberto de Afif, Prince of Gessaphe (m. 1953–78)
Issue Alexander, Margrave of Meissen
Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
Prince Karl August
Full name
German: Maria Anna Josepha
House Wettin
Father Friedrich Christian, Margrave of Meissen
Mother Princess Elisabeth Helene of Thurn and Taxis
Religion Roman Catholicism

Princess Maria Anna Josepha of Saxony, Duchess of Saxony (Full German name: Maria Anna Josepha, Prinzessin von Sachsen, Herzogin zu Sachsen;[2][3] 13 December 1929 – 13 March 2012) was a Princess of Saxony and member of the House of Wettin by birth and a Princess of Gessaphe and member of the House of Afif-Gessaphe by marriage.

Mathilde was the third child and second-eldest daughter[2][3] of Friedrich Christian, Margrave of Meissen and his wife Princess Elisabeth Helene of Thurn and Taxis, and a younger sister of Maria Emanuel, Margrave of Meissen and Albert, Margrave of Meissen,[2][3] former heads of the Royal House of Saxony and senior claimants to the defunct throne of the Kingdom of Saxony.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Anna married Roberto de Afif, Prince of Gessaphe (1916–1978), son of Alexander de Afif and his wife, Maria Atthye,[2][3] on 1 May 1953 in Paris, France.[2][3] Anna and Roberto had three sons:[2][3]

In May 1997, Anna's elder brother Maria Emanuel, who has upheld the dynasty's marital standards despite its deposition and exile, recognized her eldest son Alexander de Afif as his heir. By formally adopting him two years later, Maria Emanuel conferred upon Alexander the legal surname of "Prinz von Sachsen" (Prince of Saxony). Thus was created the family of Saxe-Gessaphe, a cognatic offshoot of the royal House of Wettin: With the approval of Maria Emanuel, Alexander, his sons and brothers are also known as Princes of Saxe-Gessaphe.[4]

In the spring of 1997, it was announced that the remaining dynasts of the Royal House of Saxony had met and consented to the designation of Alexander as dynastic heir in the event that none of them leave sons by dynastically valid marriages.[5]

Titles, styles, honours, and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 13 December 1929 – 1 May 1953: Her Royal Highness Princess Anna of Saxony, Duchess of Saxony
  • 1 May 1953 – 13 March 2012: Her Royal Highness Anna de Afif, Princess of Gessaphe, Princess and Duchess of Saxony



  1. ^ eurohistory. "Eurohistory: + Princess Maria Anna of Saxony (1929–2012)". Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Darryl Lundy (10 May 2003). "Maria Anna Josepha Prinzessin von Sachsen". Retrieved 2008-01-04.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d e f Paul Theroff. "SAXONY". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  4. ^ Willis, Daniel (1999). "The Ducal Family of Parma". The Descendants of Louis XIII. Baltimore: Clearfield. pp. 327–328, 766. ISBN 0-8063-4942-5. 
  5. ^ Velde, François. "Laws of the Kingdom of Saxony". Retrieved 2008-04-18.