This family branch died out with Pr.Luitpold in 1973, unmarried and w/o descendants.
His cousin Ludwig-Wilhelm (d.1968) adopted Duke Max-Emanuel in 1965 to continue the line.
Max-Emanuel was Duke Albrecht 2nd son and 2nd in line after his brother Franz.
In the family, I guess it was known that Franz was not expected to marry and found a family, so Max would be the heir of the dukes OF Bavaria.
A) If Duke Max will survive his brother will the 2 lines merge ?
B) Can Duke Max choose any line to continue the lineage of the dukes IN Bavaria ?
Before the demorganization of the various lines, the apparent succession would fall on Duke Wolfgang, Duke Rasso's son (his elder brother being a priest).
Now, the apparent heir is Duke Luitpold.
He has 3 sons - the elder, Pr.Ludwig is single, the middle one is married w/o children and the youngest is also single.
Is Duke Max compelled to appoint one of Luitpold's children ?
Can he appoint Wolfgang as sort of compensation for having lost his place in the succession ?
Can he appoint any other cousin ?
Is he bound to hear any kind of family council before deciding ?
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