And in 1727 Princess Maria Agustra married the future Duke Karl Alexander of württemberg who succeeded his distant cousin Duke Eberhard Ludwig as regning duke.
Interesting, because it has been written that Helene's marriage did not receive the initial approval of the then-head of the house of Wittelsbach, King Maximilian II. He regarded the union as a mésalliance: the way he saw it, his kinswoman was marrying beneath herself, since the prospective groom was not a dynastic member of a royal or reigning house.
As it was, it took the influence of her sister, the Austrian empress, to persuade him to change his mind and grant consent to a match he had been hesitant to approve. Their mother, Princess Ludovika, wrote to Elisabeth, urging her to intervene to her husband on behalf of her older sister (who, as is common knowledge, had been the originally intended bride of the emperor). The imperial couple complied, with Franz Joseph writing to the Bavarian king, putting in a good word for the mediatized house.
So the young lady Prince Charming (i.e. the Habsburg emperor) passed over in favor of her younger sister ended up getting the better bargain, in the end, since Helene turned out to be the only daughter of her parents to enjoy a personally happy marriage. Fortunately, they blessed the union from the beginning (in fact, they were the ones who introduced the couple to each other, after the failed engagement with Franz Joseph). If nothing else, the groom was extremely rich, and the bride got to stay in her native land.
So much for the expression "consolation prize" ...
Max's aunt Sophia married (1827) Duke Friedrich of Wurttemberg.
His grand-father Karl-Alexander married (1789) Dss Therese of Mecklenburg
His gr.grand-father Karl-Anselm married (1753) Dss Auguste von Wurttenberg
When was the last time, before the marriage in 1858 of Hereditary Prince Maximilian and Duchess Helene in Bavaria (older sister of Empress Elisabeth of Austria) that a member of this mediatized house (listed in the second tier of the Almanach de Gotha) contracted a dynastic union with a member of a royal or reigning house (listed in the first tier of the said Almanach)?