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King Charles’s cousin, Maximilian, Margrave of Baden, dies aged 89

Maximilian, Margrave of Baden, has died at the age of 89 at Salem Castle in Germany. Maximilian died in the early hours of Thursday morning (29th December) and King Charles was informed later that day. Maximilian was the nephew of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Maximilian was a German businessman and head of the House of Baden. This role will now be taken on by his eldest son, Bernhard, Margrave of Baden. Bernhard and his wife recently travelled to London for the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Maximilian, Margrave of Baden (Credit: Bernd Schwabe)

A statement from the House of Baden read;

“Max, Margrave of Baden, died in the early morning hours of December 29th, 2022 in Salem Castle. Since 1963, Max, Margrave of Baden, was head of the house at the head of the formerly ruling Grand Ducal Baden Princely House, which from 1112 to 1918 provided the sovereigns in the Baden part of today’s federal state of Baden-Wurttemberg. His successor as head of the House of Baden is Bernhard, Margrave of Baden, the previous hereditary prince.”

The House of Baden also confirmed that two funeral services will be held for Maximilian. An open funeral service will be held for friends and employees while a closed, private service will be held for close family and politicians.

It is not yet confirmed if any member of the British Royal Family will attend the funeral service.

Maximilian was born in Germany on 3rd July 1933. His parents were Berthold, Margrave of Baden and Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, who was an older sister of The Duke of Edinburgh.

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