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King Charles’ first cousin, Max Margrave of Baden, dies in Germany

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King Charles’ first cousin, Maximilian, Margrave of Baden, died at the age of 89. Also known as Max Markgraf von Baden, he passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning at Salem Castle in Germany.

A statement said: “Max Margrave of Baden died in the early morning hours of December 29, 2022 in Salem Castle.

“Since 1963, Max Margrave of Baden was 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.

“His successor as head of the House of Baden is Bernhard Margrave of Baden, the previous hereditary prince.”

According to the news report, there will be two memorial services for the head of the house Baden.

Margrave of Baden

Margrave of Baden has died at the age of 89 (Image: Getty Images)

While one will see friends and employees invited, while the other will be for family members, as well as political representatives.

Born in 1933, Max Markgraf von Baden grew up near Lake Constance in Germany.

He attended Gordonstoun boarding school in Scotland, similarly to King Charles and Prince Philip, after the end of the Second World War.

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Maximilian was briefly engaged to his first cousin, Princess Beatrix of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, daughter of his maternal aunt, Margarita, Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

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Margrave of Baden

Margrave of Baden was the son of Prince Philip’s older sister (Image: Getty Images)

However, this engagement was broken off.

In 1966, he married Archduchess Valerie of Austria (born 1941), daughter of Archduke Hubert Salvator of Austria, and Princess Rosemary of Salm-Salm.

They were married civilly on September 23, 1966, at Salem and religiously on September 30, 1966 at Persenbeug Castle in Lower Austria.

The aristocrat oversaw extensive renovations to wineries in the area where he grew up, and was a member of more than 60 clubs.

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Margrave of Baden had been the Head of House of Baden since 1963 (Image: Getty Images)

He had a particularly close association with the Red Cross.

Paying tribute to his work, the House of Baden wrote: “The Margrave led a modest and reclusive lifestyle.

“He was free from conceit and cultivated good contacts with the people of his homeland.

“He always had an open ear for people in need, for people who asked him for help.”

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