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I don't know if this has been brought up on the forums but it looks like the monarchist movement in Lithuania is growing. One major breakthrough for the monarchist movement was choosing a pretender for the throne. Here is the message they sent announcing their decision.Though this news is old now its been kinda hidden because no one really looks at Lithuania for monarchist news. 
[LithuaniaGrandDucalArmssmall]

The leading monarchist movement of Lithuania, The Royal House of Lithuania Association, is honored to inform that 

HSH Prince Inigo von Urach, Count of Württemberg

great-grandson of the last King Mindaugas II of Lithuania,

was elected and recognized as the legitimate pretender to the Lithuanian Royal Throne.

For many centuries Lithuania has been shaping its state. Revolution filled the air at the end of the 1800s and beginning of the 1900s, destroying many monarchies. The majority of the revolting nations replaced their thrones with communist governments. Despite that, on June 4, 1918 the Council of Lithuania voted to invite Prince Wilhelm of Urach, Count of Württemberg, to become the king of a newly independent Lithuania. He was elected on 11 July 1918, taking the name King Mindaugas II. Through marriage to Duchess Amalie in Bavaria (1865-1912), he is also related to the Lithuanian princess, Louise Caroline Radvila of Bir'ai. It is very symbolic that the rare documents such as the letter of Pope Benedict XV welcoming Prince Wilhelm's selection as the future King of Lithuania (a copy of which can found in the Stuttgart archive) and letters between General von Ludendorff and the Swiss government stating the election of the king in 1918 have become known to the Lithuanian public courtesy of the Lithuanian cultural center in Germany. 

Despite the global economic and political crises, the leading monarchies of the world manage to overcome these hardships with much dignity, through giving their nations the sense of unity, missing in other modern forms of government. In Lithuania, we may, recently, observe the active revival of the monarchist movement and the public opinion steadily grows favorable to the re-establishment of the monarchy. We agree with the majority of Lithuanians, who believes that the choice of Pretender to the Throne should be based not only on dynastic principles but also on ability to serve to the people successfully. 

The Royal House of Lithuania Association (headed by H.E. Stanislovas ?vedarauskas), the oldest and most reputable monarchist movement of Lithuania, did a profound case study of potential legitimate candidates and arrived at the conclusion that HSH Prince Inigo von Urach, Count of Württemberg is the most suitable person for the position of Pretender to the Lithuanian throne.

Inigo von Urach (born 1962) is the direct descendant of the last Lithuanian king Mindaugas II, a Roman Catholic, a family man, and dedicated father of 3 children (2 sons and a daughter). He is connected to the Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, British, Russian, Monaco, Bavarian and Portuguese Royal families by birth. The Prince is actively working on the establishment of a positive country image leading to deeper European integration. He supports the Lithuanian cultural center in Germany, learning its language and culture. Inigo is an honorary citizen of the city of Kaunas and is constantly visiting the country of his ancestors, meeting Lithuanians from a wide spectrum of life. He understands their interests and daily problems. His social activities have gained the the people's love and recognition and attracted the interest of the international media. 

The Pretender to the throne should, obligatory, have a successful military career and be able to play an important role in recognizing and supporting the work of the Armed Services. Inigo is the only von Urach family member to hold high military rank, serving currently in the army, and regularly participating in NATO military exercises. Finally, His Highness is willing to carry out important work in the areas of public and charitable service, through partnership with the Royal House of Lithuania Association in the frame of the joint socio-cultural project called the "King Mindaugas Institute". 

Following the formal offer, done by the most numerable monarchist movement of Lithuania and in recognition of his high stature, H.S.H. Prince Inigo von Urach, Count of Württemberg officially accepted the position. His full title will henceforth be: HRH Grand Duke Inigo of Lithuania, Fürst v. Urach, Count of Württemberg. The Association and His Royal Highness are now in partnership with the aim of bringing to Lithuania maximum social 


Here is also a recent interview with Prince Inigo von Urach by a Lithuanian news site: http://www.lithuaniatribune.com/52489/king-of-lithuania-h-s-h-prince-inigo-von-urach-is-ready-to-become-mindaugas-iii-201352489/

Also a little historical overview on the House of Urach by the Lithuanian news: http://www.lithuaniatribune.com/52047/the-history-of-the-house-of-urach-the-last-lithuanian-royal-family-201352047/

Their used to be a facebook page but its gone now but here is one message that survived on another forum from the former facebook about Prince Inigo's visit to Lithuania:

    "From 17 to 21 of November 2012 H.S.H.Prince Inigo von Urach, Count von Wurttemberg, Lithuanian crown pretender, paid an official visit to Lithuania. The visit took place through the invitation from The Royal House of Lithuania Association. He was greeted at the Vilnius airport by the president of Association, H.E.Stanislavas Svederauskas. Later, in the scope of his first official visit in a new role, His Highness met various officials and had several working meetings, with,namely: the board members of the leading monarchists movement of Lithuania, parliamentarian H.E. Egidijus Vareikis, a deputy of city of Vilnius H.E.Vidas Urbonavichius, the representatives of the mayor of Vilnius H.E. Artūras Zuokas,many others.His Highness launched the preparatory work for creation of “Mindaugas Institute” with the main Project called ”Economic and social stability aid” Program. A lot is left to be done, but the first , key stones, were already laid to make the solid basement. Inigo also gave the extensive interview to various local magazines"


Prince Inigo is learning Lithuanian and plans to move to Lithuania in the future. This is very promising news from Lithuania but it will take a long time to build up a monarchist movement there. I think the biggest challenge will be to convince Lithuanians the 1918 monarchy wasn't a German puppet state or protectorate but a genuine Lithuanian state as that would help legitimize Prince Inigo to the Lithuanian people. Hopefully Prince Inigo follows Crown Prince Alexander's route as an active pretender.



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It depends on whether it could be this, or a union of crowns with Poland, or perhaps a union with the Habsburgs which would fulfil certain dreams.
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Descent of Prince Inigo of Urach from Žygimantas I (Sigismund the Old), King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, and most recent Lithuanian sovereign of the Jagiełło dynasty from whom descent is available: stage 1, stage 2.

Descent of Prince Inigo of Urach from Vytautas the Great, Grand Duke of Lithuania: stage 1, stage 2.

Descent of Prince Inigo of Urach from Augustas III, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, and most recent Lithuanian sovereign (not counting Russian Emperors) to actually rule from whom descent is available: here.

Hopefully a few people might be interested by that. These descents are all pretty general in Catholic (and the first one in Protestant) lines through one route or another, but it may be good to know that Prince Inigo shares them.

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As there are at present thriving lines of the old Lithuanian dynasty, why on earth would Lithuania choose as monarch the descendant of a fly-by-night puppet-prince? The installation of an Urach as Lithuanian king was not intended to re-establish Lithuanian independence, but to serve the cause of German imperialism by surrounding the motherland with a ring of weak and dependent satellite states.

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Still, it might not have been so bad for Lithuania to get the Urach's as a royal house for at least some time to actually make monarchy in Lithuania something not archaic sounding.
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As there are at present thriving lines of the old Lithuanian dynasty, why on earth would Lithuania choose as monarch the descendant of a fly-by-night puppet-prince? The installation of an Urach as Lithuanian king was not intended to re-establish Lithuanian independence, but to serve the cause of German imperialism by surrounding the motherland with a ring of weak and dependent satellite states.



Same could be said for Poland in 1916-18, although for Polish and Lithuanian nationalists, they would have grabbed the idea of any sort of statehood with two hands.
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Excellent news! Perhaps I should make a trip to Lithuania as well. A sort of royalist pilgrimage if you will.
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im not ENTirely sure that litHuanian is actually real.
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im not ENTirely sure that litHuanian is actually real.


Inigo von Urach is, I think, quite real, as is the country of Lithuania. The von Urach claim is based off of the WWI-era Kingdom of Lithuania revival attempt by the German Empire, which collapsed with Germany's loss of the war.
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im not ENTirely sure that litHuanian is actually real.


Inigo von Urach is, I think, quite real, as is the country of Lithuania. The von Urach claim is based off of the WWI-era Kingdom of Lithuania revival attempt by the German Empire, which collapsed with Germany's loss of the war.


I wouldn't bother responding to this account. All sings point it to just being a bot writing responses based on things it randomly reads in the topic. Hence the response to Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee thread being "whill she get a real DIOMON".
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Very good news! I am convinced that in Lithuania this can be done. The people of Lithuania - it is very consistent people: namely Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, in 1989 the very first victory of communism and the Soviet government, made their country free. Lithuania has a great chance to build a new Kingdom, since it is based on tradition, and have experience in the construction of an independent state after the Soviet occupation. If there is a Kingdom of Lithuania, it will be very progressive example for the entire Eastern Europe, where before there was a monarch. I also believe that first of all it will be a positive example for Belarus, where there are also illegal movement monarchists.
 
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I think Lithuania has a great interest to become a Kingdom.

Not only it will be increased  the tourism from other countres becouse a King and a Royal House is always more actractive than a republic,  but  Kingdom of Lithuania could become something like the Principate of  Monaco and the Montecarlo of the Baltic Sea. 


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It is likely that it will be so. The main thing - that the people of Lithuania agreed and invited its King.
 
I always thought that these countries - Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia - could become the kingdoms of Denmark, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium. In 1918, Berlin was the project: in the territory of Latvia and Estonia was supposed to create a united Baltic Duchy, headed by Prince Adolf Frederick of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, but it did not work. And in 1990 in Tallinn was royalist party with which I was familiar. So, the movement of the monarchy in the Eastern Baltic has a tradition and perspective.

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I'd welcome the Idea of a Baltic crowned triumvirate. If you add a departure from the UK and stops in Belgium, Holland, Denmark Norway and Sweden as well as the Baltic; then a crowned cruise tour would be a true boon to the region.
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Prince Inigo may not have an official Facebook page, but his official website is here:

http://lithuaniaroyal.wix.com/royallithuania

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