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Re: Hapsburgs vs. the Hohenzollerns
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For a few years it looked like the Habsburgs might end up being a reigning family again when under Boudewijn of Belgium the Salic succession was replaced by gender neutral succession and Philippe remained unwed. In the media there were speculations about his ability to become king and some suggested his sister Astrid would be a better candidate. Her marriage to Lorenz of Austria-Este would have seen de return of the Habsburgs as the ruling dynasty in some of their old dominions. However Philppe married Mathilde, turned out to be a good king and with their four children it's unlikely the line of Princess Astrid will ever succeed.
However with Elisabeth of Belgium, Amalia of the Netherlands, Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, Leonor of Spain and little Estelle of Sweden there are plenty of heiresses. Who knows one of them might marry a prince and so restore a former ruling dynasty to a reigning house again.
The Duchess of Brabant would be the most likely candidate considering that all other heiresses have commoners as their non-dynastic parent. I'd be surprised if any of them would end up marrying a prince by birth.
No, this is easy to look up as well if you check the Wikipedia articles on both houses.
Neither house has any reigning members.
Do either of these houses have anyone sitting on or being near an active throne now? I'm inclined to think that the Hohenzollerns do if you consider the Romanian "royal" situation.