Principality of Reuss-Greiz

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-Greiz and Upper-Greiz (German: Reuß zu Greiz, Untergreiz und Obergreiz) were elevated to princely status in 1778 and thereafter bore the title of Prince Reuss, Elder Line, or Prince Reuss of Greiz.

Principality of Reuss-Greiz
Fürstentum Reuß-Greiz
1778–1918
Flag
Coat of arms
Motto: Ich Bau Auf Gott
"I build on God"
Anthem: Gott, erhalt' in Deiner Gnaden Unsern Fürsten
"God, Save in Your Mercy Our Prince"
Reuss-Greiz within the German Empire
Reuss-Greiz within Thuringia
CapitalGreiz
GovernmentPrincipality
Prince 
 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 (first)
 1901–1918
Ernst von Meding (last)
History 
 Established
12 May 1778
 Disestablished
11 November 1918
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Imperial County of Reuss
People's State of Reuss

Similarly to the more numerous Reuss Junior Line, the male members of this house were all named "Heinrich", in honour of Emperor Heinrich VI, who had benefited the family. They were numbered sequentially by birth, rather than by reign, with the last series beginning with Heinrich I (born 1693) and ending with Heinrich XXIV (1878–1927).

This State had an area of 317 Kmq and over 72,000 inhabitants in 1910.


Share this article:

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Principality of Reuss-Greiz, and is written by contributors. Text is available under a CC BY-SA 4.0 International License; additional terms may apply. Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.