Prince Manuel of Bavaria
Prince Manuel of Bavaria (German: Manuel Maria Alexander Leopold Jörg Prinz von Bayern) (born 27 December 1972) is a member of the deposed Bavarian Royal House of Wittelsbach, and a cardiology researcher at Columbia University.
Prince Manuel was born in Starnberg, Bavaria. He is the oldest child of Prince Leopold of Bavaria and his wife Ursula Möhlenkamp. Manuel was born out of wedlock, nearly five years before his parents were married. Even after his parents nuptials in 1977, Manuel and his siblings were excluded from the line in the Bavarian Succession as his parents' union was considered morganatic. However, this changed on 3 March 1999 when Franz, Duke of Bavaria recognized the marriage conditionally as dynastic in accordance with the Bavarian house laws. Since he has married dynastically, he is kept in line of succession.
Prince Manuel was awarded a PhD degree in biology from Columbia University where he is now a cardiology researcher.
On 6 August 2005 Prince Manuel married Princess Anna of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, the daughter of Prince Ludwig-Ferdinand of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Countess Yvonne Wachtmeister af Johannishus. The wedding took place in Stigtomta and Bärbo, small villages near Nyköping in Sweden. It was attended by more than 300 guests including King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and his family. The couple has two sons and a daughter together:
- Prince Leopold Maria Bengt Karl Manuel of Bavaria (b. 13 June 2007).
- Princess Alva Manuelle Maria Petra Yvonne of Bavaria (b. 5 January 2010).
- Prince Gabriel of Bavaria (b. 11 November 2014).
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