Michael, Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach

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Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Duke of Saxony
Head of the House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Tenure 14 October 1988 - present
Predecessor Hereditary Grand Duke Charles Augustus
Heir-Presumptive Prince Wilhelm Ernst
Born (1946-11-15) 15 November 1946 (age 71)
Bamberg, Germany
Spouse Renate Henkel
Dagmar Hennings
Issue Princess Leonie
Full name
Michael Benedikt Georg Jobst Carl Alexander Bernhard Claus Friedrich
House House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Father Charles Augustus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Mother Baroness Elisabeth of Wangenheim-Winterstein
Religion Lutheranism
Grand Ducal Family of
Coat of Arms of the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.svg

HRH The Prince
HRH The Princess

  • HH Princess Leonie

HH Princess Elisabeth
HH Princess Beatrice-Maria, Mrs. Davidson

Michael, Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Duke of Saxony[1] (German: Michael Prinz von Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach Herzog zu Sachsen) (born 15 November 1946) is the current head of the Grand Ducal House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, as well as the most senior agnate of the entire House of Wettin.[2]

Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach[edit]

Prince Michael was born in Bamberg, Bavaria, the only son of Hereditary Grand Duke Charles Augustus of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach and Baroness Elisabeth of Wangenheim-Winterstein (1912–2010).[3] Among his godparents were Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia imposter, Anna Anderson, who was living with his aunt Princess Luise of Saxe-Meiningen.[4]

When his father died in 1988, Michael succeeded as Head of the House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. In 1991 he inherited the leadership in the House of Saxe-Altenburg, as that line went extinct and since 2012 he regards the Albertine royal Saxon line to also be extinct.[5]

In 2004 he withdrew his claim for restitution of numerous properties, archives (partly including those of Schiller and Goethe) as well as priceless artwork in a settlement with the Free State of Thuringia and acquired some forest estates in exchange.

Michael is in the line of succession to the British throne, being a great5-grandson of Princess Augusta, eldest sister of King George III.[3] As he has no sons, the current heir to the headship of the grand ducal house is his cousin Prince Wilhelm Ernst (b. 1946), whose only son Prince Georg-Constantin (1977-2018) was killed in a horseback riding accident in June 2018.[6]


Prince Michael married Renate Henkel (b. Heidelberg, 17 September 1947), daughter of industrialist Konrad Henkel and wife Jutta von Hülsen and sister of Christoph Henkel, in a civil ceremony 9 June 1970 at Hamburg-Eimsbüttel. They were married religiously on 4 July 1970 at Linnep bei Breitscheid.[3] The marriage was childless and dissolved by divorce at Düsseldorf on 9 March 1974.

He was married secondly to Dagmar Hennings (b. Niederpöcking, 24 June 1948), daughter of Henrich Hennings and wife Margarethe Schacht, in London on 15 November 1980. They have one daughter:

  • Princess Leonie Mercedes Augusta Silva Elisabeth Margarethe of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (b. Frankfurt, 30 October 1986).


Prince Michael does have two first cousins who will succeed him as heads of the House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, should he not leave male offspring: Prince Alexander Georg (b. 1945) and his brother Prince Wilhelm Ernst (b. 1946). Both do not have any surviving male offspring either, since the first never married and the second's only son, Georg Konstantin (b. 1977) died after being thrown from a horse at a friend's home, Apethorpe Palace, in June 2018. It is not known that he had a child from his marriage with Olivia Rachelle Page. The House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach may therefore become extinct in the male line. In June 2018, Prince Michael has named his daughter Leonie as his Heiress.[7]



  1. ^ In 1919 royalty and nobility were mandated to lose their privileges in Germany, hereditary titles were to be legally borne thereafter only as part of the surname, according to Article 109 of the Weimar Constitution. Styles such as majesty and highness were not retained.
  2. ^ Willis, Daniel A., The Descendants of King George I of Great Britain, Clearfield Company, 2002, pp. 457-458.
  3. ^ a b c d Montgomery-Massinberd, Hugh (1972). Burke's Guide to the Royal Family. London: Burke's Peerage, Ltd. p. 266. ISBN 0-220-66222-3.
  4. ^ Mundy, Carlos & Stravlo, Marie. The Lost Romanov Icon and the Enigma of Anastasia. Page XXII
  5. ^ Erbfolgestreit bei den Wettinern
  6. ^ Georg-Constantin Prinz von Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach Plötzlicher Tod mit 41!
  7. ^ Nach tragischem Unfall: Leonie führt jetzt das Haus Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach, Ostthüringer Zeitung
Michael, Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Cadet branch of the House of Wettin
Born: 15 November 1946
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Charles Augustus
Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
14 October 1988 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Grand Duchy abolished in 1918
Prince Wilhelm Ernst of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Head of the House of Wettin
14 October 1988 – present
British royalty
Preceded by
Prince Edzard of Wied
Line of succession to the British Throne Succeeded by
Princess Leonie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach