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Learn something new every day
« on: April 11, 2012, 09:34:21 PM »
What is the relationship between Heinrich LXVII and Heinrich XIV, respectively the 67th and 14th princes of Reuss-Schleiz?  Google if you like.


Old 67 was 14th's dad!

All the princes are called Heinrich and to distinguish them they had numbers attached to their names. Number 1 is given to the first prince of the branch born in the century and the numbers follow in order of birth until the century was finished, when the cycle began again. Thus Heinrich's father who was born in 1789 and died in 1867 was Heinrich LXVII and his son was born in 1832 was Heinrich XIV, being respectively the 67th and 14th prince of Reuss-Schleiz born in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Re: Learn something new every day
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2012, 09:54:39 PM »
OK let's see how I do on this:

The House of Reuss practises an unusual system of naming and numbering the male members of the family, every one of which for centuries has borne the name "Heinrich". While most royal and noble houses give numbers only to the reigning head of the house, and that in the order of his reign, the Reuss Younger Line used a numbering sequence for all male family members which began and ended roughly as centuries began and ended. In consequence of this naming system, certain heads of the Reuss Younger Line have had the highest numbers attached to their name of any European nobility. Note also that the male children within a single nuclear family need not bear sequential numbers, as all members of the larger family use a common numbering system. For example, the sons of Prince Heinrich LXVII Reuss of Schleiz, in order of their births, used the names Heinrich V, Heinrich VIII, Heinrich XI, Heinrich XIV, and Heinrich XVI.

A notable member of this family, Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf (1757–1831), became the maternal grandmother of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.

The designation "younger line" fell into abeyance in 1930; the "elder line" had become extinct as its last member, Heinrich XXIV, renounced his rights in 1918 and died unmarried in 1927.

Heads of the House of Reuss

Heinrich XXVII 1918-1928 (became "Prince Reuss" on the death of the last Prince of the Elder Line)
Heinrich XLV 1927-1945/1962 (went missing in 1945, declared dead in 1962)
Heinrich IV 1962–present
Heir: Heinrich XIV Reuss

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