mediatized Houses: The Princely House of Castell-Rüdenhausen

The Princely House of Castell-Rüdenhausen

In 1803 the brothers  the posessions of the Castell’s became united after the death of the childless after the death of the childless  Count Friedrich Ludwig Christrian Carl of Castell-Rüdenhausen. It was then divided between 2 sons of Cout Gerog II. of Castell-Remlingen
  •  Albrecht Friedrich Carl founded the line Castell-Castell
  • Christian Friedrich founded the line CAstell-Rüdenhausen

On 03.09.1806, the county was dissolved by the so-called Act of Confederation. By 25.09.1806 it became part of the Palatinate and Bavaria. The former rulers of Castell were henceforth only Bavarian lords. However, some privileges they could keep, so the domain law, the active fiefs income from seigneurial rights and the so-called patrimonial jurisdiction. After the Napoleonic Wars the county Castell 1806 mediatised and incorporated into the Kingdom of Bavaria. The previous rulers were appointed hereditary “Reichsräte  of the Bavarian Crown” and participated until 1918 (the end of the Kingdom of Bavaria) in legislation. On 07.03.1901 Count Carl Friedrich zu Castell-Castell were raised to the hereditary bavarian Fürst , the head of the Family is since then Fürst zu Castell-Rüdenhausen. Because Fürst Rupert was missing since 1944 and was later  declared for dead in 1951 his younger brother Siegfried succeeded him as Head of the Princely Family.
The Family owns among others together with the line Castell-Castell the  Princely Castell Bank, Credit-Casse AG – short Castell-Bank. The independent private bank was founded in 1774 as Counts Castell-Remlingen’sche country credit Cassa and is the oldest bank in Bavaria, with headquarters in Würzburg. 1857 it was re-established as a private Counts Castell’sche New Credit-Casse

Counts since 1903 Fürsten zu Castell-Rüdenhausen
1803-1850 Chrstsian Friedrich
married first (divorced) to Countess Albertine Eleonore Juliane von der Schulenberg
married second (divorced) Countess Luise Karoline zu Ortenburg
married third Countess Sophie Amalie Charlotte Henriette of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Virneburg
1850-1913 Wolfgang
married to Princess Emma zu Ysenburg and Büdingen in Büdingen
1913-1933 Casimir
marrid to Countess Mechtild of Bentinck
1933-1944/1951 Rupert
1944/1961-2007 Siegfried
married to Countess Irene zu Solms-Laubach
2007-2014 Johann Friedrich
married to Countess Maria of Schönborn-Wiesentheid
2014-    Otto

HSH the late Fürst Johann Friedrich

HSH Fürst Otto
In 1898 Count Alexander zu Castell-Rudenhausen married Baroness Ottilie of Faber, daughter of the pencil manufacturer Baron  Wilhelm von Faber, a descendant of the company founder Kaspar Faber. With royal Bavarian permission the Family was renamed as Counts of  Faber-Castell, and thus the creation of a own, as morganatic (non-dynastic) considered family. From this marriage four children were born. This branch line has its headquarters in Faber Castle in Stein. A grandson of Count Alexander, Count Anton-Wolfgang of Faber-Castell was CEO of the company until his death in 2016.

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