Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Prince Leopold of Bavaria dead at 84
Prince Leopold Maximilian of Bavaria died today of pneumonia, according to the New York Times. He was 84 years old.
Prince Leopold, a former field marshal in the Bavarian and German armies, led the army "which captured Warsaw in 1915." It was at his "headquarters that peace negotiations with the Russians in 1917 were begun." The Prince "played an important role in the early German victories in Russia and Poland." It was rumored at the time of Warsaw's capture that "he might be made king." Since the end of the war, Prince Leopold lived in retirement.
He married Archduchess Gisela of Austria, the eldest daughter of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elizabeth, on April 20, 1873.
The prince is survived by his wife, and four children, Princess Elisabeth, Princess Augusta, Prince Georg and Prince Konrad. Prince Georg, who was once married to Archduchess Isabella of Austria and served as a colonel in the Bavarian army during the world war, became a Roman Catholic priest in 1921. He is canon of St. Peter's in Rome. His marriage was annulled in 1913 by both the Bavarian Courts and the Holy See.