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HRH Prince Maximilian Maria Emanuel, Margrave of Meissen, head of the Royal House of Saxony died yesterday at the age of 86 at his Villa La Tour de Peilz at  Genfer Lake.

The Margrave of Meissen was heir to the Kingdom of Saxony which was part of the German Empire. He succeeded his father, Hereditary Prince Frederick Christian of Saxony, Margrave of Meissen, to the headship of the Royal House in 1968. He was married to Princess Anastasia of Anhalt but since they had no children he chose as his heir Prince Alexander of Saxe-Gessaphe, who is the son of his eldest sister Princess Anna and her late husband Prince Robert of Gessaphe. Prince Alexander is married to Princess Gisela of Bavaria. 

The Royal Saxon line was semi-Salic and allowed succession through the female line when the male line died out. However, the Margrave of Meissen does have a brother, Albert who married unequally, and this would bar him from the succession. The Margrave and Albert have a cousin, Timo, who married unequally but have male descendants. 

I would not be surprised to see the succession of Alexander challenged in the future. 

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