24 May 2013

† Landgrave Moritz of Hesse

Landgrave Moritz of Hesse died on the afternoon of Thursday 23.05.2013 at the age of 86 after a longer illness of the throat. 
He was the head of the House of Hesse and an internationally respected businessman with the best contacts for European nobility. Now Landgrave Moritz of Hesse has succumbed to a serious illness.
Dr. Mark Miller, director of the Hessian House Foundation, our confirmed rumors  the death. The Landgrave was suffering from a lung disease for some time. "It's terrible. He was a great boss, "Miller said in a shaky voice. The news of the death came as no surprise. "We know  that it was in very bad health ," Miller said. For health reasons, the Landgrave last week did not attend the garden party at the huntiong Castle Fulda for which he is patron. Later, his condition deteriorated further.
Moritz Friedrich Karl Emmanuel Humbert, Prince of Hesse was born in 1926 in Racconigi castle in Piedmont. He succeeded his father, Philip of Hesse in 1980 as the "Head" of the House of Hesse (Main line Hessen-Cassel) and gradually united the house as Heir of his adoptive father, Ludwig of Hesse any by Rhine with the second main line (Hesse-Darmstadt). As head of the House of Hesse, he joined using on the traditional title "Landgraf".
He was the eldest son of Landgrave Philip of Hesse and Princess Mafalda of Savoy, daughter of King Vitorio Emmanuele III. of Italy, great-grandson of Emperor Friedrich III. and great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria. He came from the Hessen-Rumpenheim-line that goes back directly to a main line of the House of Hesse-Cassel. In 1960 Moritz wasadopted and became heir of Prince Ludwig of Hesse and by Rhine, the childless head of the other main line of the House of Hesse-Darmstadt Due to the inheritance since  the two since 1567 separated main lines were combined in his person again.Referred to in his youth as Maurizio d'Assia,  Moritz of Hesse spent his early years in Rome and in Cassel. After the death of his mother in 1944 in the Buchenwald concentration camp, he grew up on in Kronberg im Taunus. After serving in the military service, he studied agriculture. He managed the Panker in Schleswig-Holstein. He brought a considerable portion of the family assets of both houses in the Hessian House Foundation and served as chairman of the foundation managing the historic cultural property. Obtained with Napoleon's defeat in the House of Hesse-Kassel pheasant hunting lodge (Adolphseck) at Fulda many valuable exhibits from numerous other castles of the family were collected and exhibited after the Second World War. Also have the 5-star hotels Hessischer Hof in Frankfurt and the Schlosshotel Kronberg, the winery Prince of Hesse in Geisenheim / Rheingau and the castle and stud Panker of Holstein Switzerland asset of the Foundation. Moritz of Hesse was seen as an important patron of the arts in Hesse and this was in 1999 with the highest honors of the state of Hesse, Georg-August-tin medal awarded. He was also active for the Institute for New Technical form in Darmstadt and promotes the Kronberg Academy
 

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