Wilhelm Albert, Duke of Urach

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Prince Wilhelm Albert
Duke of Urach
Reign 15 August 1991 – todate
Predecessor Prince Karl Anselm
Born (1957-08-09) 9 August 1957 (age 59)
Spouse Karen von Brauchitsch-Berghe von Trips
Issue Prince Karl Philipp
Princess Alexandra-Charlotte
Princess Louisa Antonia
House Württemberg
Father Prince Eberhard Von Urach
Mother Princess Iniga of Thurn and Taxis
Ducal Family of Urach
Wappen des Herzogs von Urach.svg
  • HSH The Duke
    HSH The Duchess
    • HSH Prince Karl Philipp
    • HSH Princess Alexandra Charlotte
    • HSH Princess Louisa Antonia

  • HSH Princess Amelie
  • HSH Prince Karl Anselm
    • HSH Prince Wilhelm
    • HSH Prince Maximilian
  • HSH Prince Inigo
    HSH Princess Daniela
    • HSH Prince Eberhard
    • HSH Prince Anselm
    • HSH Princess Amelie Philippa

Prince Wilhelm Albert Raphael Maria of Urach, Count of Württemberg, 5th Duke of Urach (German: Wilhelm Albert Fürst von Urach, Graf von Württemberg, 5. Herzog von Urach; born on 9 August 1957), is the head of the morganatic Urach branch of the dynasty which reigned as kings of Württemberg in Germany until 1918.[1]

Life[edit]

Prince Wilhelm Albert was born at Hohenberg Castle near Seeshaupt, Bavaria, the son of Prince Eberhard of Urach and Princess Iniga of Thurn and Taxis.[2] He is the grandson and heir of Wilhelm, 2nd Duke of Urach, who was offered the throne of Lithuania in anticipation of its conversion to an independent post-World War I kingdom, but he declined the crown in November 1919,[3] as the prospect of a Baltic monarchy lost momentum. In October 1924 Duke Wilhelm also renounced his claim to the throne of Monaco.[3] The Urachs' ducal and princely titles ceased being insignia of rank when the German Empire fell and the republican regime which succeeded it decreed in 1919 that hereditary titles would henceforth simply be treated as surnames, carrying no legal privileges. Urach had, in fact, been a dukedom in name only, to which no territorial duchy had been attached.

Prince Wilhelm Albert succeeded his brother Karl Anselm as titular Duke of Urach when the latter renounced the headship of the family at Niederaichbach on 9 February 1991, upon the occasion of his marriage to a commoner.[1]

He is described as an engineer who lives at Ossenberg Castle near Düsseldorf.[4] He and his family also remain in possession of the House of Urach's historical family seat, Lichtenstein Castle, south of Stuttgart, which is open to the public.[5]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Prince Wilhelm Albert's marriage with Karen von Brauchitsch-Berghe von Trips (who was born in Rimburg Castle on 24 September 1959 to Konrad von Brauchitsch, member of a noble family of Limburg known since the 12th century, and wife Mariette Hermans, and who had been adopted in 1988 by her great uncle Count Clemens Berghe von Trips) was celebrated religiously at Rimburg in Limburg on 1 February 1992, the couple having been wed civilly on 23 December 1991 at Rheinberg in Wessel.[1] They have one son and two daughters:[1]

  • Prince Karl Philipp of Urach (b. 6 July 1992)
  • Princess Alexandra-Charlotte of Urach (b. 18 February 1994)
  • Princess Louisa Antonia of Urach (b. 12 February 1996)

Ancestry[1][2][edit]

Through his mother's mother he is a 2nd cousin of Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Prince Luitpold of Bavaria, Rüdiger, Margrave of Meissen

and through his mother's father he is a 7th cousin of Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Aimone, Duke of Apulia, Princess Margareta of Romania, Princess Leonie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse

6th cousin of Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia, Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden, Felipe VI of Spain, Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou, Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Margrethe II of Denmark, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, Henri, Count of Paris, Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia

5th cousin of Charles, Prince of Wales, Karl von Habsburg, Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein,

4th cousin of Philippe of Belgium, Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein, Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern, Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden

2nd cousin of Albert, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis and Alexander, Margrave of Meissen

a nephew of Borwin, Duke of Mecklenburg and Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Enache, Nicolas. La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg. ICC, Paris, 1996. pp. 435, 438, 443. 445. French.
  2. ^ a b Willis, Daniel A., The Descendants of King George I of Great Britain, Clearfield Company, 2002, p. 73. ISBN 0-8063-5172-1
  3. ^ a b de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, pp. 158-163 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  4. ^ Freda Katritzky The World of Private Castles, Palaces and Estates, page 63 (readable on google books)
  5. ^ http://www.schloss-lichtenstein.de/english/index.php

References[edit]

Wilhelm Albert, Duke of Urach
House of Württemberg
Born: 9 August 1957
German nobility
Preceded by
Karl Anselm, 4th Duke of Urach
Duke of Urach

Wappen des Herzogs von Urach.svg
1991–

Incumbent
Heir:
Prince Karl Philipp of Urach
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Karl II
— TITULAR —
King of Lithuania
9 February 1991–
Incumbent
Heir:
Prince Karl Philipp of Urach