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Hungarian and Bohemian royal princes
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It has been confirmed on this board that titles and styles are unlimited in the dynastic male lines, in all German houses (and several others as well). Case in point: HRH Princess Amalie Isabella of Bavaria (1921-1985) was only a great-great-granddaughter of King Ludwig I. Despite the fact that her nearest sovereign ancestor in the house of Wittelsbach was four generations removed from herself, she was still styled with the full royal title and qualifying rank. After all, her ancestry was completely royal within those generations: in particular, all the princes of Bavaria in her paternal line married equally.
Anyhow, I was wondering about the royal who was the furthest removed, in terms of descent from a sovereign ancestor, who was styled with the full title and qualifier. Perhaps it's difficult to pinpoint that person, since duchies, grand duchies, and principalities could all be sovereign houses.
So for practical purposes, perhaps one should restrict discussion to royal dynasties. Has there ever been, for instance, a person who was only a great-great-great-grandchild of a sovereign, but who nevertheless qualified as a prince(ss) and a Royal Highness (entitled thus by virtue of dynastic male-line descent)?
If you look at the various European genealogies, you'll notice that in many cases, after just two or three generations, many minor members of royal families married morganatically.
If you look near the end of the succession to the former imperial and royal thrones of Austria, Hungary, and Bohemia, you will find archdukes who arenít even descended from the first emperor of Austria but who are great-great-great-great-great-granchildren of the King of Hungary and Bohemia (Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II) and thus Royal Highness and Princes of Hungary and Bohemia.