Living Members of
The Former Ruling House of Hesse and the Rhine, 1939-1945
Head of House
Ludwig, Prince of Hesse and the Rhine (1908- ). Succeeded as head of the dynasty in 1937 on the death of his elder brother, Hereditary Grand Duke Georg Donatus (below).
Wife: Margaret, née Campbell Geddes (1913- )
Son of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hesse and the Rhine (1868-1937)
Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse and the Rhine (1906-1937)
Issue: 3 children, including
- Johanna, Princess of Hesse and the Rhine (1936-1939). Died of tubercular meningitis on June 14, 1939, at Wolfsgarten Castle.
Sisters of Father
Daughters of Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse and the Rhine (1837-1892)
Victoria, Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven (1863- ). See below.
Irene, Princess Heinrich of Prussia (1866- )
Brother of Grandfather
Son of Prince Karl of Hesse and the Rhine (1809-1877)
Wilhelm, Prince of Hesse and the Rhine (1845-1900)
Wife: Josephine, Frau von Lichtenberg, née Bender (1857- )
- Gottfried von Lichtenberg (1877-1914)
Wife: Elisabeth, née Muller (1880- )
- Gottfried Wilhelm von Lichtenberg (1902- ). Married in Berlin on May 4, 1942.
Wife: Traute Sylva, née Knipsel (1921- )
Brother of Great-Grandfather
Son of Grand Duke Ludwig II of Hesse and the Rhine (1777-1848)
|Issue of his unequal marriage: 5 children, including|
Surviving Senior Hessian Line
Descendants of Landgrave Wilhelm IV of Hesse-Cassel (1532-1592), recognized by a family compact of 1902 as possessing rights of succession to the Grand Duchy of Hesse and the Rhine upon the extinction of the junior line (above).
House of Hesse-Cassel
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Last updated on 12/05/03 .