Prince Adalbert of Bavaria (1828–1875)

Prince Adalbert Wilhelm Georg Ludwig of Bavaria (Munich, 19 July 1828 Nymphenburg Palace, 21 September 1875) was the ninth child and fourth son of Ludwig I of Bavaria and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

Prince Adalbert
Born(1828-07-19)19 July 1828
Munich, Bavaria
Died21 September 1875(1875-09-21) (aged 47)
Munich, Bavaria
IssuePrince Ludwig Ferdinand
Prince Alfons
Isabella, Duchess of Genoa
Princess Elvira
Princess Clara
Full name
German: Adalbert Wilhelm Georg Ludwig
English: Adalbert William George Louis
FatherLudwig I of Bavaria
MotherTherese of Saxe-Hildburghausen


In Madrid on 25 August 1856 he married Infanta Amalia of Spain (1834–1905), sister of King-Consort Francis, Duke of Cádiz, sixth daughter and eleventh child of Infante Francisco de Paula of Spain (a younger son of King Charles IV of Spain) and Princess Luisa Carlotta of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. They had five children :


Prince Adalbert of Bavaria died on 21 September 1875 (the same day as his sister Alexandra) in Munich and is buried in the Colombarium in the Michaelskirche in Munich, Bavaria.

Greek succession

It is often suggested that following his older brother Otto's death, Prince Adalbert became the heir presumptive to the throne of Greece. In fact, rights to the Greek succession were passed onto his other older brother Luitpold, who technically succeeded to the Greek throne in 1867. Due to the renunciation of all the rights to the Greek succession by King Ludwig III, at Luitpold's death the rights to the throne of Greece were inherited by his second son, Prince Leopold.

However, if it is proven that all legitimate descendants of Luitpold (barring those through King Ludwig III) are indeed extinct (discounting also the male descendants of prince Georg of Bavaria), Adalbert's male-line descendants could conceivably assume the claim to the throne of Greece.



  • Die Wittelsbacher. Geschichte unserer Familie. Prestel Verlag, München, 1979
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