King Charles mourns the loss of his German cousin

The British monarch once again has to cope with the loss of a family member. King Charles’ cousin, Max Margrave of Baden, has died at the age of 89.

The British royal family had another loss to mourn at the end of the year: Max Margrave of Baden, a first cousin of King Charles III, died on December 29 at Salem Castle in Baden-Württemberg. The house of Baden announced this on its website. The Royal was 89 years old.

“Since 1963, Max Margrave of Baden was the head of the house at the head of the formerly ruling Grand Ducal Baden Princely House, which from 1112 to 1918 provided the sovereigns in the Baden part of today’s federal state of Baden-Württemberg,” the statement said. As his successor, Bernhard Margrave of Baden, “the previous hereditary prince”, is now following in his father’s footsteps.

Max Margrave of Baden: The cousin of King Charles III.  is dead.
Max Margrave of Baden: The cousin of King Charles III. is dead. (Source: IMAGO / Frank Sorge)

Connection to King Charles III.

The Margrave’s mother, Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, was a sister of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September. Thus, Max von Baden was a first cousin of King Charles III. and his siblings. The British monarch has not yet commented on the loss of his relative. It is questionable whether he will come to the funeral.

According to the obituary, there will be two funeral services. An open “for companions, friends and acquaintances as well as employees, former employees and retirees together with the margravial family” and a private “for the family circle, friendly houses and for representatives of politics, business and culture.” The dates will be announced at a later date.

Maximilian Andreas Friedrich Gustav Ernst August Bernhard Margrave of Baden, Duke of Zähringen, as the deceased was officially named, leaves behind his wife Valerie, to whom he had been married since 1966, and their three children.