Principality of Reuss-Greiz

Principality of Reuss-Greiz
Fürstentum Reuß-Greiz
Flag Coat of arms
Ich Bau Auf Gott
"I build on God"
Gott, erhalt' in Deiner Gnaden Unsern Fürsten
"God, Save in Your Mercy Our Prince"
Reuss Elder Line within the German Empire
Reuss Elder Line within Thuringia
Capital Greiz
Government Principality
   1778–1800 Heinrich XI
  1800–1817 Heinrich XIII
  1817–1836 Heinrich XIX
  1836–1859 Heinrich XX
  1859–1902 Heinrich XXII
  1902–1918 Heinrich XXIV
Minister of State
  1782–1833 Franz von Grün
  1901–1918 Ernst von Meding
   Established 12 May 1778
   Disestablished 11 November 1918
   1905 316.7 km² (122 sq mi)
   1905 est. 70,590 
     Density 222.9 /km²  (577.3 /sq mi)
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Imperial County of Reuss
People's State of Reuss

The Principality of Reuss-Greiz (German: Fürstentum Reuß-Greiz), called the Principality of the Reuss Elder Line (German: Fürstentum Reuß älterer Linie) after 1848, was a sovereign state in modern Germany, ruled by members of the House of Reuss. The Counts Reuss of Greiz, Lower- and Upper Greiz (German: Reuß zu Greiz, Untergreiz und Obergreiz), were elevated to princely status in 1778. Its members bore the title Prince Reuss, Elder Line, or Prince Reuss of Greiz. Similarly to the more numerous Reuss Younger Line, the male members of this house were all named "Heinrich", in honour of Heinrich VI who had benefited the family, and were numbered sequentially by birth, rather than by reign, the last series beginning with Heinrich I (born 1693) and ending with Heinrich XXIV (1878–1927).

The Principality of Reuss Elder Line had an area of 317 km² and a population of 71,000 (1905). Its capital was Greiz.

In 1919, in the aftermath of World War I, the territory of the Elder Line was merged with that of the Junior Line as the People's State of Reuss, which later that year was incorporated into the new state of Thuringia. The Reuss Elder Line died out with the death of the childless Heinrich XXIV in 1927, after which its claims were passed to the younger line.

Princes of Reuss-Greiz (1778–1918)

Princes post-monarchy

Heinrich XXIV, 6th Prince 1918-1927 (1878–1927)

To Reuss Younger Line on the death of Prince Heinrich XXIV

Notable figures

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