February 15, 2016

2297 GERMANY (Baden-Württemberg) - Teck ducal castle

Located immediately to the north of the Swabian Jura and south of the town of Kirchheim unter Teck, Burg Teck takes its name from the ridge, the Teckberg (776m), which it crowned. The duchy of Teck was acquired early in the 11th century by Berthold, count of Zähringen, whose great-grandson Adalbert, styled himself Duke of Teck. In 1381 it passed to Württemberg. The title, which had lapsed with the extinction of the Zähringen line in 1439, was revived in 1495 by the King Maximilian I, who bestowed it upon the dukes of Württemberg.

The dignity was renounced by Duke Frederick William Charles upon his elevation to the rank of king in 1806. In 1863 the title "prince of Teck" was conferred by King William I of Württemberg upon the children of Duke Alexander of Württemberg (1804-1885) by his morganatic marriage with Claudine, countess Rhédey, ennobled as countess of Hohenstein; in 1871 Prince Francis, the eldest son of Duke Alexander, was created duke of Teck. His eldest son Adolphus (b. 1868) was in 1910 the holder of the title.

The most famous of the Teck family is considered to be Duke Francis's daughter, Mary of Teck, Queen consort to King George V of the United Kingdom and Empress of India. First mentioned in a document in 1152, the castle was probably built by Conrad von Zähringen (c. 1090-1152), the father of Adalbert I. Destroyed in the German Peasants' War (1525), it was reconstructed during the 19th and 20th centuries. Today Burg Teck is a youth hostel and restaurant, which was converted in 1953.

About the stamp

The stamp, designed by Gerda M. Neumann & Horst F. Neumann, was issued on April 4, 2013 to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Möhnetalsperre Dam.

Teck - Wikipedia
1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Teck

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Sent from Nürtingen (Baden-Württemberg / Germany), on 10.02.2016

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