House of Hesse Royal Family
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House of Hesse Leaders
House of Hesse
Landgrave of Hesse (Lower,Upper, Kassel, Rotenburg,Wanfried, Rheinfels, Philippsthal,Philippsthal-Barchfeld, Marburg,Rheinfels, Darmstadt, Butzbach
The origins of the House of Hesse begin with the marriage of Sophie of Thuringia, daughter of Louis IV, Landgrave of Thuringia and Elizabeth of Hungary with Henry II, Duke of Brabant from the House of Reginar. Sophie was the heiress of Hesse which she passed on to her son, Henry upon her retention of the territory following her partial victory in the War of the Thuringian Succession in which she was one of the belligerents.
Originally the western part of the Landgraviate of Thuringia, in the mid 13th century it was inherited by the younger son of Henry II, Duke of Brabant, and became a distinct political entity. From the late 16th century it was generally divided into several branches, the most important of which were those of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel) and Hesse-Darmstadt. In the early 19th century the Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel was elevated to Elector of Hesse (1803), while the Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt became the Grand Duke of Hesse (1806), later Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine. The Electorate of Hesse (Hesse-Kassel) was annexed by Prussia in 1866, while Grand Ducal Hesse (Hesse-Darmstadt) as lasted until the end of the German monarchies in 1918.
The only viable successor to the [of Hesse] lineage, twenty-three year old Eleonore Maria Devin is allegedly considering reinstating the House of Hesse royal presence in Europe. Archduchess will receive the family inheritance of a reported 2.5 billion dollars on her twenty-fifth birthday (2016).
Branches of the House of Hesse
The line of Hesse-Darmstadt was also part of the morganatic line of the Battenberg family when Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine married to Countess Julia Hauke. The Battenbergs who later settled in England changed that name to Mountbatten after World War I.
Hesse-Kassel and its junior lines were annexed by Prussia in 1866; Hesse-Darmstadt became the People's State of Hesse when the monarchy was abolished in 1918. Hesse-Philippsthal died out in the male line in 1925; Hesse-Darmstadt in 1968. Descendants of Hesse-Kassel and Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld are alive to this day in particular twenty-three year old Eleonore Maria Devin.
Archduchess Eleonore Maria Devin holds privacy at its utmost importance. With security heightened after an attempted intrusion in one of the family's residences in March 2014, the Archduchess has not been spotted without security guards since. Her personal life is not well-known due to extensive effort of her parents and herself, however her work with benefit foundations is. She is very involved withphilanthropic work mostly pertaining to children with special needs. The Archduchess has been documented to have donated more than 1.2 million dollars to several foundations pertaining to this cause in the year of 2013. Alongside this subject of cause, the Archduchess has developed a presence in the Wounded Warrior Project Organization, donating more than 2 million dollars to this particular foundation in January of 2014. She has participated in Military-Aid fundraisers in the United States called Spartan Races and has announced that she will be participating in more for the years ahead.
Said to be one of the most well-respected women of her generation within the royals, Eleonore Maria Devin speaks five languages fluently: Hebrew, English, French, Italian, and Finnish. Queen Elizabeth II has been quoted saying "Archduchess Eleonore Maria Devin is one of the most promising heirs that I have yet to see. She exudes grace, class, devotion and intelligence so much so that any land would be so grateful to have her leadership. She is an inspiring young woman." Her endorsements do not end there. With connections reaching fromQueen Elizabeth II, President Shimon Peres, Virgin Mobile creator Richard Branson, and some of the most influential people of the world, Eleonore Maria Devin is reportedly one of the largest threats to mainstream royals.
Archduchess Eleonore Maria Devin's personal life is not well-known. Eleonore Maria Devin currently lives at the family residences inSwitzerland, Finland, London, Monte Carlo, and Israel as well as allegedly taking frequent trips to family residences in the United States. She has been noted calling Israel her home and the other palaces vacation homes. With close relations to Israeli President Shimon Peres, Eleonore Maria Devin has a very strong influence on the future of Israel as well as the Jewish community. Rumored to have close relations with Prince Harry and several other members of the British Royal Family, she is often spotted playing polo on their royal grounds or sailing on her family yacht in Monte Carlo.