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William IV
Guillaume IV of Luxembourg.png
Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Reign 17 November 1905 –
25 February 1912
Predecessor Adolphe
Successor Marie-Adélaïde
Regent Marie Anne of Portugal
(1908–1912)
Prime Minister Paul Eyschen
Born (1852-04-22)22 April 1852
Biebrich Palace, Wiesbaden, Duchy of Nassau
Died 25 February 1912(1912-02-25) (aged 59)
Berg Castle, Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg
Burial Schlosskirche ("Castle Church") in Weilburg since 1953
Spouse Marie Anne of Portugal
Issue Marie-Adélaïde, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
Hilda, Princess of Schwarzenberg
Antonia, Crown Princess of Bavaria
Princess Elisabeth
Princess Sophie
House Nassau-Weilburg
Father Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Mother Princess Adelheid-Marie of Anhalt-Dessau

William IV (William Alexander; French: Guillaume Alexandre; 22 April 1852 – 25 February 1912) reigned as the Grand Duke of Luxembourg from 17 November 1905 until his death. He succeeded his father, Adolphe.

Currently, William is the last monarch of Luxembourg to die while still on the throne.

Titles and styles

Although the duchy of Nassau was annexed by Prussia after the Austro-Prussian war of 1866, the title of Duke of Nassau was retained by William and his heirs. This does not imply any sovereignty over Nassau.

  • 22 April 1852 - 23 November 1890: His Highness The Hereditary Prince of Nassau
  • 23 November 1890 - 17 November 1905: His Royal Highness The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Hereditary Prince of Nassau
  • 17 November 1905 - 25 February 1912: His Royal Highness The Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Duke of Nassau
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