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Aside from these claims, he could potentially claim headship of the royal house of Saxony, if the principle of Ebenbürtigkeit were strictly defined and enforced, in accordance with pre-World War I standards. After all, the Saxon succession is semi-Salic; and indeed, until his death in 1987, Prince Johannes of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was groomed as the rightful heir of his uncle, Margrave Max Emanuel. The reason was that he was the son of his sister Mathilde, the only princess in the family to have married in accordance with existing house laws.
The Saxon royal succession is vested firstly in the male line of the Saxon princely house
, that is male dynast of the entire House of Wettin. Once they are extinct then one can look to females and their issue.