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Posted by Jane on 4/12/2021, 6:43:03, in reply to "Hesse
Are they all Catholics? Did the religion of the house change?
Is it true that he renounced his succession rights for himself and his descendants for marrying Princess Mafalda of Savoy -- obviously not because of any "unequal" birth (she being a daughter of King Vittorio Emanuele III of Italy) -- because of religion?
No, he did not. He became head of the entire House of Hesse. The family does not use the differencing name of ‘Cassel’.
Who are the present-day heirs to the house, anyway? What exactly happened to the succession? It seems that this might count as another example of a marriage not dynastically approved, despite the unquestionable equality of the union.
It was a dynastic marriage. His grandson Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse, is the titular Grand Duke and Elector of Hesse and head of the entire house.