Heinrich IV, Prince Reuss of Köstritz

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Heinrich IV
Prince Reuss

Prince Heinrich IV in 2011 at the funeral of Otto von Habsburg
Head of House of Reuss
Period 1945/1962 - 2012
Predecessor Prince (Fürst) Heinrich XLV
Successor Prince (Fürst) Heinrich XIV
Born (1919-10-26)26 October 1919
Ernstbrunn, Austria
Died 20 June 2012(2012-06-20) (aged 92)
Ernstbrunn, Austria
Burial Ernstbrunn, Austria
Spouse Princess Marie Luise of Salm-Horstmar (1918-2015)
Father Prince Heinrich XXXIX Reuss
Mother Countess Antonia of Castell-Castell
Styles of
Prince Heinrich IV
Reference style His Serene Highness
Spoken style Your Serene Highness
Alternative style

Heinrich IV, Prince Reuss (26 October 1919, Ernstbrunn, Austria - 20 June 2012[1]) was the head of the German Princely House of Reuss.[2]


He was the son of Prince Heinrich XXXIX Reuss and Countess Antonia of Castell-Castell. Heinrich IV became head of the princely family after the previous prince Heinrich XLV went missing in 1945 and was declared dead in 1962. He lived with his family at Castle Ernstbrunn in Lower Austria. His son, Prince Heinrich XIV also bought a piece of expropriated property in Eastern Germany.

Marriage and children

On 10 June 1954 the prince married Princess Marie Luise of Salm-Horstmar (1918-2015), daughter of Otto, Prince of Salm-Horstmar and Countess Rosa of Solms-Baruth. They had one son and three daughters:


In the German language:



  1. Royal News of 2012, Section I
  2. "Der letzte Fürst Reuß ist mit fast 93 Jahren verstorben – Gera | OTZ" (in German). Gera.otz.de. Retrieved 2012-06-30.
  3. The peerage : Person Page 11136
  4. Online Gotha - Reuss
Heinrich IV, Prince Reuss of Köstritz
Born: 26 October 1919
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Heinrich XLV Reuss of Schleiz
Prince Reuss
after 1945, officially 1962 – 20 June 2012
Reason for succession failure:
Monarchy abolished in 1918
Succeeded by
Heinrich XIV, Prince Reuss of Köstritz
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