Thursday, October 28, 2010

Prince Heinrich XXXII is visiting the US

October 28, 1906

Prince Heinrich XXXII Reuss reached San Francisco "the other day," will, in "(the virtually certain) event of Queen Wilhelmina's remaining childless, succeed, at her death, to the throne of Holland, according the the Marquise de Fontenoy.
The Prince is traveling throughout the United States and will also visit Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York.  
Wilhelmina's heir presumptive, the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar, has "already intimated his unwillingness to surrender his German throne for the Crown of the Netherlands."  The next in the line of succession is the Grand Duke's aunt, Princess Heinrich Reuss, daughter of the late Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar and his wife, Sophie, only daughter of King Willem II.
Prince Heinrich's mother, Marie, an elderly widow in her 70s,  is the daughter of Princess Sophie, who died in 1897.  (Until her death, Sophie was heiress presumptive to the throne.)
Princess Heinrich may be relied upon to "waive her rights of succession in favor of her eldest son, Heinrich XXXII, who was born 28 years ago in Constantinople, where his father served as German Ambassador.  The young prince, who is not yet married,  is an officer in the German Navy.

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