So if this custom had been followed consistently, the same would have applied to the children of Princess Agnes, who married Constantine Josef, Hereditary Prince of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg. But we all know that their daughter, Princess Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, was brought up as a Catholic -- just like her brother, instead of a Lutheran (like the daughters of her aunt Constance). In fact, she was so devout in her faith that she even took up religious life in the 1890's, after all her children married.
Does anybody know why this was so? Did somehow the custom in Germany change by her time? Or did it have to do with the fact that she and her brother were orphaned early, and were brought up by their paternal grandparents?
I read somewhere that at one time in Germany's history, it became customary for all the children (regardless of gender) of an interfaith union to be raised in the religion of their father, not mother. Indeed, Grace Kelly's mother was born as Margaret Maier to German immigrant parents. Evidently she was raised as a Lutheran, like her father (Carl Maier)-- not Catholic, like her mother (Margaretha Berg).
Of course, she eventually converted to Catholicism at marriage (to John Brendan Kelly, Senior, a son of Irish immigrants). Accordingly, the future Princess Grace of Monaco and her three siblings were all brought up as Catholics.
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