Andreas, Prince of Leiningen
Andreas, Prince of Leiningen (Andreas Fürst zu Leiningen; born 27 November 1955) is the current head of the Princely House of Leiningen. He is the son of Emich Kyrill, Prince of Leiningen, and Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg. His older brother Prince Karl Emich of Leiningen lost his rights to succeed as head of the house as a result of his unequal second marriage.[non-primary source needed]
His paternal grandmother, Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna of Russia, was the eldest daughter of Kirill Vladimirovich, Grand Duke of Russia (first claimant to the throne of Russia and a grandson of Alexander II of Russia) and Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh (granddaughter of Alexander II of Russia). Because of this, he is in the line of succession to the former Russian throne.
His great-great-great grandfather, Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Emich, 3rd Prince of Leiningen, was the elder half-brother of Queen Victoria. Through his father, he is also a direct descendant (specifically a great-great-great-grandson) of Queen Victoria, through her granddaughter, Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh, whose second husband was Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich. Because of this, he is in the line of succession to the British Throne.[unreliable source?]
He married Princess Alexandra of Hanover on 5 October 1981. They have three children:
- Ferdinand, Hereditary Prince of Leiningen (b. 8 August 1982), who married Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia (b. 2 May 1982, granddaughter of Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia) on 29 April 2017 (civil) and later on 16 September 2017 (religious) and had a daughter: Alexandra Ehrengard, Princess of Leiningen (b. 29 February 2020).
- Princess Olga of Leiningen (b. 23 October 1984).
- Prince Hermann of Leiningen (b. 13 September 1987), who married Isabelle Heubach (b. 1989) on 25 March 2017 (civil) and later on 1 July 2017 (religious).
Titles and styles
- 27 November 1955 – 24 May 1991: His Serene Highness Prince Andreas of Leiningen
- 24 May 1991 – 30 October 1991: His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Leiningen
- 30 October 1991 – present: His Serene Highness The Prince of Leiningen
|Ancestors of Andreas, Prince of Leiningen|
- Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels (2004), Volume 133, p. 249, 251.
- Fürstenhaus zu Leiningen Archived 1 May 2017 at the Wayback Machine,
- William Addams Reitwiesner, "Persons eligible to succeed to the British Throne as of 1 Jan 2011".
Andreas, Prince of Leiningen
House of LeiningenBorn: 27 November 1955
Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia
| Line of succession to the Russian throne (disputed)
(Vladimir Kirillovich's line)
grandson of Maria Kirillovna, eldest daughter of Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich and sister of Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich
Ferdinand, Hereditary Prince of Leiningen (3rd)
followed by Prince Hermann of Leiningen (4th), and then by Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia (5th)
|Titles in pretence|
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Prince of Leiningen
Reason for succession failure:
German nobility titles abolished
Hereditary Prince Ferdinand
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