Prince Luitpold of Bavaria (b.1951)

Prince Luitpold

Prince Luitpold in July 2012
Born (1951-04-14) 14 April 1951
Schloß Leutstetten, Leutstetten, Bavaria
Spouse Katrin Beatrix Wiegand (m. 1979)
Issue Princess Auguste
Princess Alice
Prince Ludwig
Prince Heinrich
Prince Karl
Full name
Luitpold Rupprecht Heinrich
House Wittelsbach
Father Prince Ludwig of Bavaria
Mother Princess Irmingard of Bavaria
Religion Catholicism

Prince Luitpold of Bavaria (German: Luitpold Rupprecht Heinrich Prinz von Bayern) (born 14 April 1951) is a member of the House of Wittelsbach, which reigned as kings of Bavaria until 1918,[1] and a CEO of König Ludwig GmbH & Co. KG Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg.

Early life

Prince Luitpold was born at Schloß Leutstetten near Starnberg, in Bavaria. He is the only surviving child of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria (1913–2008) and his wife Princess Irmingard of Bavaria (1923–2010).[1]


On 25 June 1979 Prince Luitpold married Katrin Beatrix Wiegand, daughter of Gerd Wiegand and his wife Ellen Schumacher.[1] The civil wedding took place at Starnberg and the religious ceremony followed a day later at the Andechs Abbey in Bavaria. Initially the union was considered morganatic, but on 3 March 1999 the marriage was declared to be dynastic .[1] The couple had five children and four grandchildren:[1]

Later life

Prince Luitpold is the CEO of a brewery located at Kaltenberg Castle (König Ludwig GmbH & Co. KG Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg) and an organizer of the annual jousting tournament at Kaltenberg. He owns the Bavarian castles of Leutstetten and Kaltenberg, in which he lives with his family.[1]

Because the current head and heir of the Royal House of Bavaria, Duke Franz and his younger brother Max, have no male offspring, Luitpold and his son Prince Ludwig are next in line to inherit representation of the House of Bavaria's historically royal legacy.[1]



  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XVI. "Haus Bayern". C.A. Starke Verlag, 2001, pp. 3, 6-7,9. ISBN 978-3-7980-0824-3.
  1. Die Wittelsbacher. Geschichte unserer Familie. Adalbert, Prinz von Bayern. Prestel Verlag, München, 1979
Prince Luitpold of Bavaria (b.1951)
Born: 14 April 1951
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Prince Max
Line of succession to the Bavarian throne
2nd position
Succeeded by
Prince Ludwig
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