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Alexander, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg

Alexander, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg

2nd Prince of Erbach-Schönberg
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro 2nd Prince of Erbach-Schönberg
Gender male
Birth 12 September 1872 (Schönberg)
Death 18 October 1944 (Bensheim)
Mother: Princess Marie of Battenberg
Spouse: Princess Elisabeth of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Children: George LouisPrince of Erbach-Schönberg
The details

Alexander, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg (German: Alexander Ludwig Alfred Eberhard, Fürst & Graf zu Erbach-Schönberg; 12 September 1872 –18 October 1944) was the 2nd Prince of Erbach-Schönberg, eldest son of Gustav, 1st Prince of Erbach-Schönberg.

Early life

Alexander was the eldest child of Gustav, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg (August 17, 1840 – January 29, 1908), and his wife, Princess Marie of Battenberg (1852–1923), daughter of Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine and his morganatic wife Countess Julia Hauke. As a result of a morganatic marriage, his mother and her siblings were excluded from the succession of the Grand Duchy of Hesse, and bore the title Princes of Battenberg.

He was a first cousin of:

  • Princess Alice of Battenberg (1885–1969), mother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, consort of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Alexander Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Carisbrooke (1886–1960)
  • Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain (1887–1969), Queen-consort of Alfonso XIII of Spain.
  • Queen Louise of Sweden (1889–1965), Queen-consort of Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden.
  • George Mountbatten, 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven (1892–1938)
  • Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900–1979)

Marriage and family

Alexander married on 3 May 1900 in Arolsen, Princess Elisabeth of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1873–1961), seventh child and youngest daughter of George Victor, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont and Princess Helena of Nassau.

They had four children. four grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren:

  • Princess Imma Gustava Marie Louise Pauline Edda Adolphine Hermine of Erbach-Schönberg (11 May 1901 – 14 March 1947) she married Hans Karl Baron von Dornberg on 31 May 1923. She remarried Captain Neil Boyd Watson McEacharn on 1 July 1940 and they were divorced in 1947.
  • George Louis, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg (1 January 1903 – 27 January 1971) he married Marie-Marguerite von Deringer on 2 July 1925. They have three children, eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
  • Prince William Ernst Heinrich Alfred of Erbach-Schönberg (4 June 1904 – 27 September 1946) he married Countess Alexandra of Gortz on 4 October 1938. They have one daughter:
    • Princess Marianne of Erbach-Schönberg (15 December 1939-15 December 1939)
  • Princess Helena Sophie Louise Hedwig Emilie Martha of Erbach-Schönberg (8 April 1907 – 16 April 1979)

Titles and styles

  • 12 September 1872 – 18 August 1903: His Illustrious Highness Count Alexander of Erbach-Schönberg
  • 18 August 1903 – 29 January 1908: His Serene Highness Prince Alexander of Erbach-Schönberg
  • 29 January 1908 – 18 October 1944: His Serene Highness The Prince of Erbach-Schönberg


Notes and sources

Alexander, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg
House of Erbach-Schönberg
Cadet branch of the House of Erbach
Born: 12 September 1872 Died: 18 October 1944
German nobility
Preceded by
Prince of Erbach-Schönberg
Succeeded by
German nobility titles abolished
Titles in pretence
Loss of title — TITULAR —
Prince of Erbach-Schönberg
1919 – 1944
Reason for succession failure:
German nobility titles abolished
Succeeded by
George Louis

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