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House of Württemberg

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Teck extinct


The Württemberg family is a European royal family and a German dynasty from Württemberg The House has its origins, according to recent researchcitation needed, probably in the vicinity of the Salian dynasty


  • 1 History
    • 11 Kingdom of Württemberg
    • 12 Rulers of Württemberg
      • 121 Heads of the House of Württemberg since 1918
  • 2 Branches of the House of Württemberg
  • 3 See also
  • 4 Notes and sources
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Main article: History of Württemberg

Around 1080 the ancestors of modern Württemberg, which was then called "Wirtemberg", settled in the Stuttgart area Conrad of Württemberg became heir to the House of Beutelsbach and built the Wirtemberg Castle Around 1089, he was made Count Their domains, initially only the immediate surroundings of the castle included, increased steadily, mainly through acquisitions such as those from impoverished homes of Tübingen

At the Diet of Worms in 1495, Count Eberhard V was raised to Duke Herzog by the German King, later Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian I During 1534 to 1537 Duke Ulrich introduced the Protestant Reformation, and the country became Protestant Duke Ulrich became head of the local Protestant Church

In the 18th Century, the Protestant male line became extinct, the Head of the House was succeeded by Duke Charles Alexander a Roman Catholic Despite having a Catholic royal family, Protestantism survived as the established church, run by a church council composed by members of the nobility of Württemberg From 1797, with the accession of Duke Frederick II, the royal family was again Protestant

Kingdom of Württembergedit

Due to the political upheavals during the reign of Napoleon I, and being an ally of Napoleon, Württemberg became a part of the Confederation of the Rhine, Duke Frederick II was made Elector in May 1803, he collected and received secularized and mediated dominions, which greatly enlarged his country in territorial extension In January 1806 he was made King of Württemberg

In 1828 King William I adopted a new house law, the rights and obligations of the ruling family have been established, including the exclusive primogeniture in the male line as well as marriage restrictions on coequal level

In 1867 the House created the Royal Dukedom of Urach for a younger cousin, Prince Wilhelm, 1st Duke of Urach, whose parents had married morganatically in 1800, whereby their sons were excluded from ruling the kingdom In 1871 the Royal Dukedom of Teck was created for the same dynastic reason for Francis, Duke of Teck

At the end of World War I during the German Revolution all the monarchies in Germany were abolished, King William II abdicated on 30 November 1918 When former King William II died in 1921 the senior branch line of the House of Württemberg became extinct, the headship of the House passed to a distant relative, Albrecht, Duke of Württemberg

Rulers of Württembergedit

Further information: List of rulers of Württemberg

Heads of the House of Württemberg since 1918edit

The legal line of succession of the house of Württemberg has continued to the present, although the house no longer plays any political role For later rulers, see List of Ministers-President of Württemberg

  • King Wilhelm II, 1918-1921
  • Duke Albrecht, 1921-1939
  • Duke Philipp, 1939-1975
  • Duke Carl, since 1975

The former royal family still owns the castles Monrepos, Altshausen and Friedrichshafen

Branches of the House of Württembergedit

All branches descend from Frederick II Eugene, Duke of Württemberg 1732–1797 on the basis of Agnatic primogeniture1

  • The first branch descends from Frederick I of Württemberg This branch became extinct at the death of William II of Württemberg in 1921
  • The second branch descends from Duke Louis of Württemberg, and belonged to the Teck family This branch became extinct at the death of George Cambridge, 2nd Marquess of Cambridge in 1981 It was not considered dynastic due to the morganatic marriage of Duke Alexander of Württemberg to Countess Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde A female line descendant from this branch is Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
  • The third branch "Carlsruhe" descends from Duke Eugen of Württemberg This branch became extinct at the death of Duke Nicholas of Württemberg in 1903
  • The fourth branch descends from Duke William Frederick Philip of Württemberg, and belongs to the Urach family This branch is extant, but as the Teck branch, it is not considered dynastic because of the morganatic marriage of Duke William Frederick Philip to Baroness Wilhelmine von Tunderfedt-Rhodes in 1800 The first Duke was however created a "Serene Highness" in the 1860s The current head of this branch is Wilhelm Albert, Duke of Urach
  • The fifth "Altshausen" branch descends from Duke Alexander of Württemberg The current pretender to the throne of Württemberg, Duke Carl, belongs to this branch

Through the marriages of its female members, many royal families, descend from any of the Württemberg branches Royal houses include: Bourbon, Liechtenstein, Orléans, Windsor, Wied-Neuwied, etc

See alsoedit

  • Coat of arms of Württemberg
  • Boris Johnson#Who Do You Think You Are

Notes and sourcesedit

  • Robert Uhland Hrsg: 900 Jahre Haus Württemberg Leben und Leistung für Land und Volk Stuttgart 1984, ISBN 3-17-008536-0
  • Gerhard Raff: Hie gut Wirtemberg allewege I Das Haus Württemberg von Graf Ulrich dem Stifter bis Herzog Ludwig Mit einer Einleitung von Hansmartin Decker-Hauff Stuttgart 1988, ISBN 3-89850-110-8
  • Gerhard Raff: Hie gut Wirtemberg allewege II Das Haus Württemberg von Herzog Friedrich I bis Herzog Friedrich III Mit den Linien Stuttgart, Mömpelgard, Weiltingen, Neuenbürg, Neuenstadt am Kocher und Oels in Schlesien Degerloch 1993, ISBN 3-89850-108-6
  • Gerhard Raff: Hie gut Wirtemberg allewege III Das Haus Württemberg von Herzog Wilhelm Ludwig bis Herzog Friedrich Karl Mit den Linien Stuttgart, Winnental, Neuenstadt am Kocher, Neuenbürg, Mömpelgard und Oels, Bernstadt und Juliusburg in Schlesien und Weiltingen Degerloch 2002, ISBN 3-89850-084-5
  • Sönke Lorenz, Dieter Mertens, Volker Press Hrsg: Das Haus Württemberg Ein biographisches Lexikon Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 1997, ISBN 3-17-013605-4
  • Harald Schukraft: Kleine Geschichte des Hauses Württemberg Tübingen 2006, ISBN 3-87407-725-X
  • Sabine Thomsen: Goldene Bräute Württembergische Prinzessinnen auf europäischen Thronen, Silberberg Verlag, Tübingen 2010 ISBN 978-3-87407-867-2


  1. ^ Descent from father to eldest male son, excluding female and illegitimate descendants

External linksedit

  • Hofkammer des Hauses Württemberg in German

— Royal house — House of Württemberg Founding year: 11th century
Württemberg established Ruling House of Württemberg
1081 – 30 November 1918
Vacant German monarchies abolished

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