Prince Adalbert of Bavaria (1828–1875)
Prince Adalbert Wilhelm Georg Ludwig of Bavaria (Munich, 19 July 1828 – Nymphenburg Palace, 21 September 1875) was the ninth child and fourth son of Ludwig I of Bavaria and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.
|Born||19 July 1828|
Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria
|Died||21 September 1875 (aged 47)|
Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire
|Issue||Prince Ludwig Ferdinand|
Isabella, Duchess of Genoa
|Father||Ludwig I of Bavaria|
|Mother||Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen|
In Madrid on 25 August 1856 he married Infanta Amalia of Spain (1834–1905), sister of King-Consort Francis, Duke of Cádiz, sixth daughter and eleventh child of Infante Francisco de Paula of Spain (a younger son of King Charles IV of Spain) and Princess Luisa Carlotta of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. They had five children :
- Prince Ludwig Ferdinand of Bavaria (1859–1949); married Infanta María de la Paz of Spain.
- Prince Alfons of Bavaria (1862–1933); married Princess Louise of Orléans, daughter of Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Alençon.
- Princess Isabella of Bavaria (1863–1924); married Prince Thomas, Duke of Genoa.
- Princess Elvira of Bavaria (1868–1943); married Count Rudolf von Wrbna-Kaunitz-Rietberg-Questenberg und Freudenthal.
- Princess Clara of Bavaria (1874–1941); unmarried, 1109th Dame of the Order of Queen Maria Luisa.
It is often suggested that following his older brother Otto's death, Prince Adalbert became the heir presumptive to the throne of Greece. In fact, rights to the Greek succession were passed onto his other older brother Luitpold, who technically succeeded to the Greek throne in 1867. Due to the renunciation of all the rights to the Greek succession by King Ludwig III, at Luitpold's death the rights to the throne of Greece were inherited by his second son, Prince Leopold.
However, if it is proven that all legitimate descendants of Luitpold (barring those through King Ludwig III) are indeed extinct (discounting also the male descendants of prince Georg of Bavaria), Adalbert's male-line descendants could conceivably assume the claim to the throne of Greece.
He received the following orders and decorations:
- Kingdom of Bavaria:
- Knight of St. Hubert
- Grand Prior of Franconia of the Royal Bavarian House Equestrian Order of St. George
- Austrian Empire: Grand Cross of St. Stephen, 1858
- Ernestine duchies: Grand Cross of the Saxe-Ernestine House Order, November 1853
- Kingdom of Greece: Grand Cross of the Redeemer
- Electorate of Hesse: Grand Cross of the Golden Lion, 10 June 1851
- Grand Duchy of Hesse: Grand Cross of the Ludwig Order, 4 October 1848
- Oldenburg: Grand Cross of the Order of Duke Peter Friedrich Ludwig, with Golden Crown, 4 November 1862
- Ottoman Empire: Order of the Medjidie, 1st Class
- Kingdom of Prussia:
- Kingdom of Saxony: Knight of the Rue Crown
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