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REFERENCE TITLE NAME BORN DIED   TITLE NAME BORN DIED COMMENTS
29 Duke Georg I Friedrich of Saxe-Meiningen 1761 1803 Princess Luise Eleonore of Hohenlohe-Langenburg 1763 1837  
29.1 Princess Adelheid Luise of Saxe-Meiningen 1792 1849 King William IV of Great Britain, Ireland and Hannover 1765 1837 William was Duke of Clarence from 1789 until 1830 when he succeeded his older brother George IV as King of Great Britain and Ireland.
William had a relationship and lived with Dorothy Bland , known as "Mrs Jordan" (1761-1816) between 1791 and 1811 during which they had ten children who were given the surname "Fitzclarence". One of the children, Lady Elizabeth Fitzclarence (1801-1856) married William George Hay, 18th Earl of Erroll (1801-1846) and their daughter Lady Agnes Georgiana Elizabeth Hay (1829-1869) was the mother of Alexander William George Duff, 1st Duke of Fife.
William married Adelheid in 1818 and they had two daughters Charlotte (born and died March 1819) and Elizabeth Georgiana Adelaide (1820-1821).
A long article on William following his death with some emphasis on his involvement over a 20 year period with "Mrs Jordan".
An interesting article on Adelheid and also another article.
Queen Adelheid died at Bentley Priory, Stanmore and a detailed report relating to the days up to her death
Death registration of Queen Adelheid.
William was succeeded by his niece Victoria
29.11 Princess Charlotte Augusta of Great Britain etc 1819 1819         Charlotte was born on 27 March 1819 and died the same day.
29.12 Princess Elizabeth of Great Britain etc 1820 1821         Elizabeth was born on 10 December 1820 and died 12 weeks later on 04 March 1821
29.2 Princess Ida of Saxe-Meiningen 1794 1852 Prince Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach 1792 1862 See 27.4
29.3 Duke Bernard II of Saxe-Meiningen 1800 1882 Princess Marie of Hesse-Cassel 1804 1888 See 45.245 - Saxe-Meiningen became Saxe-Meiningen-Hildburghausen in 1826 following the redistribution of family territoriess as a consequence of the extinction of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg branch. Saxe-Meiningen sided with Austria in the Prussian-Austria War resulting in Bernard abdicating on 20 September 1866 in favour of his son Georg who made peace with Prussia. Marie was a sister of Elector Friedrich Wilhelm of Hesse-Cassel (1802-1875) who lost his throne when Hesse-Cassel was annexed to Prussia on 20 September 1866
29.31 Duke Georg II of Saxe-Meiningen 1826 1914 Princess Charlotte of Prussia 1831 1855 See 11.91 - A brief report on the wedding of George and Charlotte.
Charlotte died either during childbirth or a day after giving birth to her son who himself only lived for one day.
Charlotte's mother, born Princess Marianne of the Netherlands bought the Villa Sommariva (on Lake Como) in 1843 and gave it as a wedding present in 1850 to Princess Charlotte on her marriage to Duke Georg II of Saxe-Meiningen. The Villa Sommariva was renamed Villa Carlottain memory of Charlotte.
29.31 Duke Georg II of Saxe-Meiningen 1826 1914 Princess Feodora of Hohenlohe-Langenburg 1839 1872 See 39.36
29.31 Duke Georg II of Saxe-Meiningen 1826 1914   Helene "Ellen" Franz 1839 1923 Helene, an actress was created Baroness Heldburg in 1873 by her husband. Heldburg derives from the location of the Dukes of Saxe-Meiningen property and home Heldburg Castle.
Highway robbery carried out on Duke Georg and his wife .
The New York Times reported the death of Duke Georg II of Saxe-Meiningen
The New York Times also had an interesting article on the long time marriage of Duke Georg II and Ellen Franz (note the article quotes Ellen's surname as Kranz rather than Franz)
29.311 Duke Bernard III of Saxe-Meiningen 1851 1928 Princess Charlotte of Prussia 1860 1919 See 11.212 - Bernard abdicated his throne on 10 November 1918.
A report on the wedding of Bernard and Charlotte which in fact was a double wedding because her second cousin Princess Elisabeth of Prussia married the hereditary (and future) Grand Duke Friedrich August of Oldenburg at the same time and location.
It was reported in 1903 that Bernard had resigned/retired from the army which is attributed to him denouncing the brutal tyranny of the non-commissioned offers towards their men.
The New York Times published an interesting article when Princess Charlotte became the Duchess of Meiningen in 1914.
A "Mad Woman's" attempt in November 1900 at trying to kill Bernard (who was hereditary Prince at the time) and his brother-in-law Emperor Wilhelm II of Prussia by throwing an axe at their carriage.
A newspaper article on Princess Charlotte published in 1896.
The New York Times announcement of Duchess Charlotte's death
29.3111 - QVD Princess Feodora of Saxe-Meiningen 1879 1945 Prince Heinrich XXX Reuss-Köstritz 1864 1939 Feodora entered into a suicide pact with her companion Meta Schwent and gassed herself in an oven.
It was reported in 1897 that Feodora was betrothed to Prince Alfred of Edinburgh. This report possible was without any substance.
Feodora was the first born great grandchild of Queen Victoria and it may be of interest to note that at the time of her birth she had four living great grandmothers and two great grandfathers. The article mentions Feodora was born at Villa Carlotta near Sans Souci in Potsdam, this Villa Carlotta should not be confused with the Villa Carlotta on Lake Como which belonged to the Saxe-Meiningen royal family.
A newspaper article in 1896 said Princess Feodora will in time become one of the greatest-if not the greatest-heiress in Europe, and her marriage is already the subject of anxious consideration.
A "You Tube" presentation on Feodora.
29.312 Prince Georg of Saxe-Meiningen 1852 1855          
29.313 Princess Maria of Saxe-Meiningen 1853 1923          
29.314   Son (of Saxe-Meiningen) 1855 1855          
29.315 Duke Ernst of Saxe-Meiningen 1859 1941   Katherine Jensen 1874 1945 Katherine was created Baroness von Saalfeld on her marriage to Ernst on 20 September 1892.
Katherine was a daughter of Wilhelm Jensen writer and poet.
29.3151 Baron Georg Wilhelm von Saalfeld 1893 1916         Georg was killed in action La Bassée, France.
An account of the aeroplane fight between Georg Wilhelm von Saalfeld and Lord Doune (future 18th Earl of Moray) (1892-1943) in which the former's plane was shot down and he was killed.
29.3152 Baroness Elisabeth Helene von Saalfeld 1895 1934   Johann Duken 1889 1954 Johann Duken was a German paediatrician, university lecturer and national socialist. He became a member of the SS in 1933/34 and in 1937 was appointed professor of paediatrics in the University of Heidelberg , where he was the director of the Children's University Hospital. He appeared to be a supporter of euthanasia of "feeble children"
29.3153 Baron Ernst Friedrich von Saalfeld 1896 1915         Ernst was killed in action, near Kielmy, Lithuania
29.3154 Baron Ralf Erich von Saalfeld 1900 1947   Marie Seitz 1903 1931  
29.3154 Baron Ralf Erich von Saalfeld 1900 1947   Melanie von Bismarck 1911 1987  
29.3155 Baron Sven Hans von Saalfeld 1903 1998   Elisabeth Faust 1916    
29.3156 Baron Heinrich "Enzio" von Saalfeld 1908 1941   Rut Viererbe 1910 1974 Heinrich was killed in action over England
29.316 Prince Friedrich of Saxe-Meiningen 1861 1914 Countess Adelheid of Lippe-Biesterfeld 1870 1948 Friedrich was killed in action near Namur. Countess Adelheid became Princess Adelheid of Lippe in 1905 when the Lippe-Biesterfeld line assumed sovereign status on the extinction of the Lippe-Detmold line. Adelheid's brother Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld was the father of Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, husband of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands
29.3161 Princess Feodora of Saxe-Meiningen 1890 1972 Grand Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach 1876 1923 See 27.2411 - Wilhelm Ernst who succeeded his grandfather Carl Alexander lost his throne on 9 November 1918. He was known to be a sadist and on the day of his abdication was advised he was the "most unpopular prince in Germany".
A brief announcement of the engagement of Princess Feodora and Grand Duke Wilhelm Ernst.
The New York Times reported that Kaiser Wilhelm II has absolutely declined to recognize the marriage of the Grand Duke Wilhelm Ernst (of Saxe-Weimar) with Princess Feodora (of Saxe-Meiningen).
An unusual article on the imprisonment by Grand Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach of his third cousin Prince Hermann of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. Some of the finer details seem suspect.
29.3162 Princess Adelheid "Adi" of Saxe-Meiningen 1891 1971 Prince Adalbert of Prussia 1884 1948 See 11.2113 - A very brief announcement of the betrothal of Adelheid and Adalbert. It also includes a brief announcement of the wedding of Adalbert's brother Oskar. Adalbert was married on 3 August 1914 and his younger brother was married a couple of days earlier on 31 July.
29.3163 Duke Georg III of Saxe-Meiningen 1892 1946 Countess Klara-Maria von Korff genannt Schmissing-Kerssenbrock 1895 1992 George died in a Russian POW camp in Cheropovetz, Siberia.
It is a surprise to find out George became a minor judicial judge in 1922
29.31631 Prince Anton-Ulrich of Saxe-Meiningen 1919 1940         Anton-Ulrich was killed in action in Albert-sur-Somme
29.31632 Prince Friedrich-Alfred of Saxe-Meiningen 1921 1997         Friedrich-Alfred was a Carthusian monk and he allowed the succession of Saxe-Meiningen to pass him by in favour of his uncle Duke Bernard IV
29.31633 Princess Marie Elisabeth of Saxe-Meiningen 1922 1923           
29.31634 Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen 1925 2010 Archduke Otto of Austria 1912 2011 See 19.J3211 - Otto was the Head of the Imperial House of Austria and used the style of Dr Otto von Habsburg..
Report on the wedding of Regina and Otto.
29.3164 Prince Ernst of Saxe-Meiningen 1895 1914         Ernst was killed in action in Maubeuge
It was reported that Ernst wanted to be buried with his comrades rather than cremated and laid in the ducal mausoleum.
Special treatment was given to the town of Maubeuge during German occupation due to the kindness shown by a Red Cross nurse during the last three days of Prince Ernst's life.
29.3165 Princess Luise of Saxe-Meiningen 1899 1985 Baron Götz von Wangenheim 1895 1941 Baron Götz von Wangenheim was killed in action in Chernatshoie, Russia
29.3166 Duke Bernard IV of Saxe-Meiningen 1901 1984   Margot Grossler 1911 1998 Bernard along with wife Margot were arrested by the Austrian authorities in 1933 for involvement with Nazi propaganda, he was sentenced to six weeks in his prison whilst his wife was placed on open arrest at their castle at Klagenfurt for the same period. Margot managed to escape from the castle and crossed over the border into Italy
29.3166 Duke Bernard IV of Saxe-Meiningen 1901 1984 Baroness Vera Schäffer von Bernstein 1914 1994  
29.31661 Princess Feodora of Saxe-Meiningen 1932     Burkhard Kippenberg 1927    
29.316611   Walter Johannes Kippenburg 1968            
29.31662 Prince Friedrich-Ernst "Fried" of Saxe-Meiningen 1935 2004   Ehrengard von Massow 1933   Friedrich-Ernst being the son of the morganatic marriage of Duke Bernard IV to Margot Grossler did not have dynastic rights
29.31662 Prince Friedrich-Ernst "Fried" of Saxe-Meiningen 1935 2004 Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha 1951   See 1.8253 - Friedrich-Ernst being the son of the morganatic marriage of Duke Bernard IV to Margot Grossler did not have dynastic rights
29.316621 - QVD Princess Marie Alexandra "Maria-Alix" of Saxe-Meiningen 1978     Benno Widmer 1971    
29.316622 - QVD Prince Friedrich Constantin of Saxe-Meiningen 1980            
29.3166221 - QVD Prince Michael of Saxe-Meiningen 2015           Michael's parents are Friedrich Constantin and Sophia Lupus
29.31663 Princess Marie Eleonore Adelheid of Saxe-Meiningen 1950     Peter Rosden 1947    
29.31664 Duke Friedrich-Konrad of Saxe-Meiningen 1952           Friedrich-Konrad is the present Head of the Ducal House of Saxe-Meiningen
29.31665 Princess Almut of Saxe-Meiningen 1959     Eberhard von Braunschweig 1954    
29.316651   Marie Cecilie von Braunschweig 1994            
29.316652   Julius-Alexander von Braunschweig 1996            
29.316653   Beatrice-Charlotte von Braunschweig 1999            
29.317 Prince Viktor of Saxe-Meiningen 1865 1865          
29.32 Princess Auguste of Saxe-Meiningen 1843 1919 Prince Moritz of Saxe-Altenburg 1829 1907 See 30.93

Note - QVD against a reference number indicates the first named individual is a descendant of Queen Victoria.

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