House of Palatinate-Simmern

The House of Palatinate-Simmern (German: Pfalz-Simmern) was a German-Bavarian cadet branch of the House of Wittelsbach. The house was one of the collateral lineages of the Palatinate. It became the main branch in 1559.

House of Palatinate-Simmern
COA family de Pfalz-Simmern.svg
Arms of Palatinate-Simmern
Parent houseHouse of Wittelsbach
Founded1410; 613 years ago (1410)
Final headCharles II
Connected families
Dissolution1685; 338 years ago (1685)

The Palatinate line of the House of Wittelsbach was divided into four lines after the death of Rupert III in 1410, including the line of Palatinate-Simmern with its capital in Simmern. This line became extinct in 1685 with the death of Charles II. The House of Palatinate-Neuburg line inherited the Electorate.

The founder of the line Simmern, Stephen, Count Palatine of Simmern-Zweibrücken is also the founder of the cadet branch House of Palatinate-Zweibrücken and its cadet branches. The rights over the County of Veldenz and a share of the County of Sponheim, transmitted by Stephen's wife Anna of Veldenz, were held by these lineages.

As of 2022, those in the line of succession to the British throne are Protestant descendants of Sophia, who was born into the house (daughter of Frederick V and Elizabeth Stuart) as Princess palatine of the Rhine, later becoming Electress consort of Hanover[1][2]

Counts Palatine of SimmernEdit

Simmern Castle 1648

Electors of the PalatinateEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Act of Settlement". The Royal Family. 23 March 2016.
  2. ^ Rodrigues, Ana Maria S. A.; Silva, Manuela Santos; Spangler, Jonathan W. (19 August 2019). Dynastic Change: Legitimacy and Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Monarchy. ISBN 9781351035125.