Luitpold Karl Joseph Wilhelm Ludwig Von Bayern

Luitpold Karl Joseph Wilhelm Ludwig Von Bayern

Birth
Death 12 Nov 1912 (aged 91)
Burial Altstadt, Stadtkreis München, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Memorial ID 21135015 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria was the regent and de facto ruler of Bavaria from 1886 to 1912, due to the incapacity of his nephews, Ludwig II and Otto.

Luitpold was born in Würzburg, the third son of King Ludwig I of Bavaria and of his wife Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. He was the younger brother of King Maximilian II of Bavaria and of King Otto of Greece. In addition to being in line to the throne of Bavaria, Luitpold was also heir presumptive to the throne of Greece since his brother Otto had no children. However, the Greek law of succession required that Otto's heir convert to the Eastern Orthodox Church in order to become king; Luitpold was not willing to do this. Otto was deposed in 1862 and replaced by a Danish prince who became King George I of Greece. Otto died in 1867, leaving Luitpold and his descendants as representatives of Otto's claim; however, Luitpold never pursued this.

On June 10, 1886, Luitpold's nephew King Ludwig II was declared mentally incompetent and Luitpold was named Regent. Following Ludwig II's mysterious death a few days later, Luitpold continued to serve as regent for the new king, Otto, Ludwig's insane brother. First Luitpold was even accused by some people to be the murderer of his nephew, but later the decent and affable prince became one of Bavaria's most popular rulers. One of his first actions (on August 1, 1886) was to open several of the palaces of Ludwig II to the public.

Luitpold continued to serve as regent until his death of bronchitis in 1912 in Munich, when he was succeeded by his eldest son, Ludwig. He is buried in the crypt of the Theatinerkirche in Munich.



Advertisement

Planning a visit to Altstadt, Germany?

Advertisement

Advertisement

  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: WSB
  • Added: 24 Aug 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21135015
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Luitpold Karl Joseph Wilhelm Ludwig Von Bayern (12 Mar 1821–12 Nov 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21135015, citing Theatinerkirche, Altstadt, Stadtkreis München, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .