Otto Wilhelm Luitpold Adalbert Waldemar Von Wittelsbach, I

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Otto Wilhelm Luitpold Adalbert Waldemar Von Wittelsbach, I

Munich (München), Stadtkreis München, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Death 11 Oct 1916 (aged 68)
Munich (München), Stadtkreis München, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Burial Altstadt, Stadtkreis München, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Memorial ID 21127603 · View Source
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Otto I of Bavaria, was King of Bavaria from 1886 to 1913. He was the son of Maximilian II and his wife, Marie of Prussia, and younger brother of Ludwig II. Otto of Bavaria is not to be confused with Otto of Greece, who was his uncle and godfather.

Prince Otto served in the Bavarian army since 1863. When King Wilhelm I of Prussia was proclaimed German Emperor on January 18, 1871 at the Palace of Versailles, Prince Otto represented his brother who refused to participate. Otto then criticized the celebration as ostentatious and heartless in a letter to Ludwig.

Otto became King of Bavaria upon his older brother's deposition and unexplained death in 1886. However, Otto never truly ruled as King and was by some accounts not even aware that he had become King. Otto suffered from severe mental illness and had been declared insane in 1875. He was kept confined in Fürstenried Palace under medical supervision until his death. Otto's uncle, Prince Luitpold of Bavaria, served as Prince Regent for Otto until Luitpold's death. Luitpold's son Ludwig then became the next Prince Regent.

The constitution of Bavaria was amended on 4 November 1913, to include a clause specifying that if a regency for reasons of incapacity lasted for ten years with no expectation that the King would ever be able to reign, the Regent could proclaim the end of the regency and assume the crown himself.

The following day, Otto was deposed by his cousin, Prince Regent Ludwig, who then assumed the title Ludwig III. The parliament assented on 6 November, and Ludwig III took the constitutional oath on 8 November. Otto was permitted to retain his title and honours until his death in 1916.

Otto's remains were interred in the crypt of the Michaelskirche in Munich.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 21127603
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Otto Wilhelm Luitpold Adalbert Waldemar Von Wittelsbach, I (27 Apr 1848–11 Oct 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21127603, citing Saint Michael's Church, Altstadt, Stadtkreis München, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany ; Maintained by Shane (contributor 49774181) .