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The House of Wittelsbach (German pronunciation:
[ˈvɪtəlsbax]) is a
royal family and a
German dynasty from
Members of the family reigned as
Dukes, Electors and Kings of Bavaria (1180–1918),
Counts Palatine of the Rhine (1214–1803 and 1816–1918),
Margraves of Brandenburg (1323–1373), Counts of
Elector-Archbishops of Cologne (1583–1761),
Dukes of Jülich and
Berg (1614–1794/1806), Kings of
Sweden (1441–1448 and 1654–1720) and
Dukes of Bremen-Verden (1654–1719).
The family also provided two
Holy Roman Emperors (1328–1347/1742–1745), one
King of the Romans (1400–1410), two
Anti-Kings of Bohemia (1619–20/1742–43), one
King of Hungary (1305–1309), one King of
Norway (1440–1447) and one
King of Greece (1832–1862).
The family's head, since 1996, is
Franz, Duke of Bavaria.