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Re: Imperial title of Prince/Princess in the Holy Roman Empire
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I’m examining the titles of Countess Augusta Caroline Sophie Reuss-Ebersdorf (1757-1831) grandmother of both Queen Victoria of the UK and her husband Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, who was born with the style Her Illustrious Highness, I want to know if her title included Princess of The Holy Roman Empire?
Sources are confusing. One source said that the head of each branch of the Imperial County of Reuss Family bore the German title Fürst (Prince) as did their male children......I assume that the female children held the title of Princess?
Yet another source mentions it wasn’t until 1806 that the title of the ruler of Reuss-Ebersdorf was upgraded to that of Prince of the Holy Roman Empire.
Can anyone shed any light on this?
The Reuss family became Princely only in 1806 after the end of the Holy Roman Empire, so no.
She was Countess of the Holy Roman Empire, though (Reichsgräfin).