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Precedence of Federal Princes in the Second Reich
Posted by Gary on 25/11/2016, 22:13:53User logged in as Gary
Bit of technical question here, but perhaps someone knows. During the German Empire of 1871-1918, how was precedence determined among the various reigning princes and members of their houses? I have read in multiple places that it was a continuing source of indignation for non-Prussian German monarchs to be treated on diplomatic visits and such as vassals rather than reigning monarchs in their own right, but officially, if, say the kings of Bavaria and Saxony were both present, how was precedence determined? Was it by date of accession, or was there a specified table of precedence which determined the order regardless of the monarch's accession date? Also, how did it work for the family members other than the monarchs? Would a prince of Wurttemberg (Royal Highness) outrank the reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (Highness)? Thanks for any help.