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|Stewardship of Waldburg-Zeil
→ County of Waldburg-Zeil
→ Principality of Waldburg-Zeil
→ Grafschaft Waldburg-Zeil
→ Fürstentum Waldburg-Zeil
|State of the Holy Roman Empire|
|Historical era||Middle Ages|
|•||Raised to County||1628|
|•||Annexed half of
|•||Partitioned to create
|•||Raised to principality||1803|
Waldburg-Zeil was a partition of Waldburg-Wolfegg-Zeil. Originally ruled by Truchesses (stewards), Waldburg-Zeil was elevated to a County in 1628, and a Principality in 1803 shortly before being mediatised to Württemberg in 1806.
In 1674, Waldburg-Zeil was partitioned between itself and Waldburg-Wurzach. Count Francis Anthony inherited Waldburg-Trauchburg in 1772 (the districts of Friedburg and Scheer were later sold to Thurn und Taxis in 1785), and Steward Froben and Steward Henry of Waldburg-Wolfegg partitioned Waldburg-Waldburg after the death of Steward Gebhard.
Rulers of Waldburg-Zeil
Stewards of Waldburg-Zeil (1589–1628)
- Froben (1589–1614)
- John James I (1614–28)
Counts of Waldburg-Zeil (1628–1803)
- John James I (1628–74)
- Paris James (1674–84)
- John Christopher (1684–1717)
- John James II (1717–50)
- Francis Anthony (1750–90)
- Maximilian Wunibald (1790–1803)
Princes of Waldburg-Zeil(-Trauchburg) (1803–1806)
- Maximilian Wunibald (1803–06)
The present prince is Erich, Fürst von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg (born 1962), who married Mathilde, duchess of Württemberg, daughter of Carl, Duke of Württemberg and Princess Diane of Orléans. As Erich has five daughters, his heir presumptive is his first cousin, count Clemens von Waldburg-Zeil (b. 1960), married to Georgina, princess of Liechtenstein, who has two sons.
In 1779 a side branch of the Counts of Waldburg-Zeil inherited the sovereign county of Lustenau by marriage. The county was mediatized to Bavaria in 1806 and became part of Austria in 1830. The present Count is Franz Josef von Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems.
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