Heinrich XXIV, Prince Reuss of Greiz

Heinrich XXIV, Prince Reuss of Greiz (German: Heinrich XXIV Fürst Reuß zu Greiz; 20 March 1878 – 13 October 1927) was the last reigning Prince Reuss of Greiz from 1902 to 1918. Then he became Head of the House Reuss of Greiz which became extinct at his death in 1927.

Heinrich XXIV
Heinrich XXIV RäL.jpg
Prince Heinrich XXIV ca. 1905
Prince Reuss of Greiz
Reign19 April 1902 – 10 November 1918
PredecessorHeinrich XXII
Born(1878-03-20)20 March 1878
Greiz, Principality of Reuss-Greiz, German Empire
Died13 October 1927(1927-10-13) (aged 49)
Greiz, Thuringia, German Reich
HouseReuss Elder Line
FatherHeinrich XXII, Prince Reuss of Greiz
MotherPrincess Ida of Schaumburg-Lippe

Early lifeEdit

Heinrich XXIV was born at Greiz, Principality of Reuss-Greiz, only son of Heinrich XXII, Prince Reuss of Greiz (1846–1902), (son of Heinrich XX, Prince Reuss of Greiz, and Princess Caroline of Hesse-Homburg) and his wife, Princess Ida of Schaumburg-Lippe (1852–1891), (daughter of Adolf I, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe and Princess Hermine of Waldeck-Pyrmont).

Prince Reuss of GreizEdit

At the death of father on 19 April 1902, Heinrich XXIV succeeded as the Prince Reuss of Greiz.

Because of the physical and mental disability of Heinrich XXIV, the result of an accident in his childhood, Heinrich XIV, Prince Reuss Younger Line served as regent of Reuss Elder Line from 1902 until his death in 1913; the regency continued thereafter under Heinrich XIV's successor, Heinrich XXVII, until the abolition of the German monarchies in 1918.

At his death in 1927, the House Reuss of Greiz became extinct, Heinrich XXIV died unmarried and with no issue, the titles passed to Heinrich XXVII of Reuss Younger Line.


Notes and sourcesEdit

  • The Royal House of Stuart, London, 1969, 1971, 1976, Addington, A. C., Reference: II 331
  • Gehrlein Thomas, The House of Reuss - Older and Younger line Börde Verlag 2006, ISBN 978-3-9810315-3-9
Heinrich XXIV, Prince Reuss of Greiz
Cadet branch of the House of Reuss
Born: 20 March 1878 Died: 13 October 1927
Regnal titles
Preceded by Prince Reuss of Greiz
1902 – 1918
Succeeded by
Titles in pretence
Loss of title — TITULAR —
Prince Reuss of Greiz
1918 – 1927
Reason for succession failure:
Principality abolished in 1918
Succeeded byas Prince Reuss