Descendents of Saxon Kings have DiedJuly 23, 2012
The Prince died on Monday at the age of 86 in his house in La Tour de Peitz, Genfersee. He was the head of the former royal house of Saxony, Wettin's Albertian line and called himself the Markgraf of Meissen. His grandfather was Friederich August III (+1932) and was the last Saxon King.Childless Marriage
The Markgraf was the recipient of numerous distinctions. He bore the grand cross of the Sovereign Order of Malta as well as a Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece. The deceased is survived by his wife, Anastasia-Louise Markgraf of Meissen. Their marriage was childless.The Successor
The new head of the House of Wettin will be the adopted son Alexander Prince of Saxony, Duke of Saxony. He lives in Germany and Mexico. Prince Alexander is the son of the deceased's sister.Visitation in Tyrol
The viewing of the Markgraf will be in the new Saxon Royal Chapel in Imst-Brennbichl in the Tyrolean highlands with close family members. The crypt is on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, where the grave of the Apostle James is located.Closely Bound to Saxony
The Prince remained true to his homeland in Saxony. He visited the residential city of the House of Wetting in Dresden, so often as his health allowed.
There he regularly arranged a Holy Mass in the Tridentine Liturgy for his relatives. He visited the grave sites of his predecessors, who were interned in the local church in the crypt of the Wettin family. 49 members of the Albertian line of the House of Wettin as well as their marriage partners and children found their last resting place, among others the King of Saxony, Friedrich August I. (+1827), Friedrich August II. (+1854), Albert of Saxony (+1902) and finally Friedrich August III., the grandfather of the deceased.
A small funeral, attended by members of the family, laid to rest the earthly remains of the late Margrave of Meißen, Maria Emanuel of Saxony. The mourners gathered at the Wettin Royal Chapel in Brennbichl, Austria. Surrounded by towering peaks, this small chapel was chosen by members of the Royal House of Saxony to be the site of their family necropolis.
The immediate family of the late Margrave were present to lend their support to his grieving widow, while also paying their respects to a truly nice man. Surrounding the Margravine Anastasia-Luise were her nephew Alexander, the new Margrave of Meißen, his wife Gisela of Bavaria and their four children. Also attending the funeral ceremony was Prince Albert of Saxony, who was accompanied by his widow Elmira. They were the couple that had tried to revoke a family accord that settled the Royal Saxon succession.
The earthly remains of Maria Emanuel were placed in a sealed zinc coffin, which was then placed inside an oak coffin. During the ceremony the Royal Saxon standard covered the coffin.
Had Maria Emanuel ruled Saxony, his reign would have last nearly four and a half decades as his father, Friedrich Christian, the first Margrave of Meißen, passed away in 1968. The last King of Saxony, Friedrich August III, died in 1932. Among his siblings was Maria Josepha, who in 1886 married Archduke Otto of Austria, a nephew of Emperor Franz Joseph. Otto and his wife were the parents of two sons: Archduke Karl, who in 1916 succeeded as the last Austro-Hungarian monarch, and Maximilian, who was the father of Archduke Ferdinand and Archduke Heinrich. Ferdinand's children include Archduke Maximilian, who resides in Madrid, and Fürstin Sophie zu Windisch-Grätz, who resides in Italy. Their mother is Archduchess Helen (née Toerring-Jettenbach), the only daughter of Princess Elisabeth of Greece, herself the middle daughter of Grand Duchess Helen Vladimirovna of Russia.
It was also reported that previous to the funeral ceremony, the new Margrave, Prince Alexander, met with his uncle Prince Albert (who had claimed the title immediately after Maria Emanuel's death). As a result of this meeting, yet to be confirmed by Prince Alexander to us, Prince Albert is said to have initiated a reconciliation and told the press, "I just want peace in the royal house!"
The late Margrave of Meißen, Maria Emanuel of Saxony
Prince Alexander of Saxony, Margravine Anastasia-Luise and Margrave Maria Emanuel of Meißen, Princess Gisela of Bavaria.