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Numerous representatives of Götha will meet this Saturday at the formidable Altshausen castle (in German Upper Swabia, about 40 kilometers from Lake Constance) to

attend the funeral for Duke Charles of Württemberg,

who died a month ago at the age of 85. age.

At the close of this edition, the local press confirmed the presence, among others, of the

Grand Dukes Enrique and María Teresa de Luxemburg

, as well as the sovereign prince

Hans Adam of Liechtenstein

and his son, the crown prince Alois.

It is not for less because we are talking about the

king without a throne of Württemberg

, which was the German kingdom until 1918;

one of the richest aristocrats in Europe

, with great influence in the business and political sector of today's Germany and

very well related to many monarchs of the continent,

including King Juan Carlos, with whom he maintained a

very close friendship for decades.

Our Emeritus is not expected at the funeral.

And yet, there is no doubt that the death of Duke Charles, with whom

he shared so many moments of intimacy

, must have been greatly felt .

The castles and extensive estates of the German often served our former Head of State as

refuges for his revelry.

Today all eyes will be on one of the grandchildren of the deceased,

Guillermo Federico Carlos Felipe Alberto Nicolás Erico María

-this is the endless string of their names-, who at 26 has become the new head of the Württemberg dynasty and with the heavy responsibility of taking over the

reins of a vast historical and cultural legacy

, as well as priceless properties that make this royal family

one of the richest in all of Europe

.

Prince William is almost unknown to the general public

.

Of an extraordinarily reserved character, he has never liked attending the great parties of the German nobility.

It is known that he studied at the prestigious Royal Agricultural College (Gloucestershire, United Kingdom), preparing for the moment when he would have to take charge of the

tens of thousands of hectares of forest, agricultural and vineyard lands

of the dynasty spread over half Europe.

MORTAL ACCIDENT

William's life took a dramatic turn in May 2018 when

his father, Hereditary Duke Frederick of Württemberg

, lost his life in a car accident.

This made the very young prince the

successor of his grandfather

, forced to assume responsibilities in the management of the family estate much sooner than expected.

The funeral for Frederick was attended by many members of the European royal families, such as Philip and Matilda of Belgium.

The absence of the Spanish Bourbons did not go unnoticed.

And it is that they are

two closely linked dynasties

.

Charles of Württemberg became heir by his older brother's renunciation of his dynastic rights to morganatic marriage.

It was not his case.

He married in 1960 with the

eccentric and very habitual of Spanish gossip magazines Diana de France.

The Princess of Orleans, one of the daughters of the Counts of Paris, had been part of the close circle of Juanito, then Prince Juan Carlos, during his exile in Estoril.

Don Juan and Doña María de las Mercedes were

intimates of the very wealthy Counts of Paris

.

Don Juan Carlos, already King of Spain, was

godfather at the baptism of the youngest daughter

of the six children of Charles of Württemberg and Diana of France, the

Duchess Flor

.

Neither would her today Emeritus miss her wedding, in 2003, with

Count Mauricio von Goëss.

For decades, the

Württembergs have spent time in their mansion in Mallorca

, often the departure point for Mediterranean cruises that they made on their formidable yacht.

And there was a time when the family coincided a lot with the Bourbons, despite the widespread legend of the lack of harmony between Queen Sofía and the fun and unique Diana of France.

In the summer of 1984, during the stay of our royal family in Marivent, Don Juan Carlos himself had to deny an insistent rumor that

romantically linked the Infanta Elena

with one of the children of the Württemberg couple,

Duke Eberardo

.

"They are only two good friends who have known each other since they were children," clarified a King fed up with what had become a summer snake for the journalists displaced to Mallorca.

The new Duke of Württemberg

inherits formidable castles,

such as those in Altshausen, Friedrichshafen and Monrepos, as well as shares in numerous multinationals and

extensive land and farmland.

He will not be short of suitors.

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