Almost 600 people, among them many members of the Gotha, gathered in Parish Church St Verena in Bad Wurzach, Germany, on 12 December 2015 for the funeral of Georg Fürst von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg, who had died at Zeil Castle on 2 December 2015, aged 87. During the orations during the funeral service the remains of the Fürst were carried to a gun carriage pulled by four black horses. He was taken back to Zeil Castle, the residence of his family since 400 years, and was buried at the cemetery of the Parish Church St. Maria there. About 1000 people had gathered there and said goodbye at the open grave.
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Among the guests were Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Fürst Hans Adam II and Fürstin Marie von und zu Liechtenstein, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie von und zu Liechtenstein, Archduke Karl of Austria, Archduke Carl Christian and Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria, Franz Duke of Bavaria, Duke Max and Duchess Elizabeth in Bavaria with their daughters Elizabeth and Anna with husbands, Duke Carl and Duchess Diane von Württemberg with their four sons and daughter, the Fürst von Hohenzollern, Hereditary Prince Bernhard von Baden and his wife Stephanie, the Fürst von Fürstenberg, the Fürst and Fürstin von Leiningen, the Duke of Croÿ, Fürst Karl von Schwarzenberg, Fürst Albert von Thurn und Taxis, other members of the royal family of Bavaria, and many others.
Georg Fürst von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg was born on 5 June 1928 in Würzburg as son of Erich August Fürst von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg (1899-1953) and Princess Monika zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (1905-1992). In 1957 he married Princess Marie Gabrielle of Bavaria (* 1931) and had six children: Walburga (* 1958), Maria Gabriele (* 1959), Monika (* 1961), Erich (* 1962), Adelheid (* 1964) and Elisabeth (* 1966).