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Charles Gonthier, Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen

Charles Gonthier, Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen German noble

German noble
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Intro German noble
A.K.A. Karl Gynther av Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
Was Military officer
From Germany
Type Military
Gender male
Birth 7 August 1830, Arnstadt, Germany
Death 28 March 1909, Weisser Hirsch, Germany (aged 78 years)
Star sign LeoLeo
Family
Mother: Mary of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
Father: Günther Friedrich Karl II, Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
Siblings: Marie of Schwarzburg-SondershausenElisabeth of Schwarzburg-SondershausenHugh of Schwarzburg-SondershausenGunther of Schwarzburg-SondershausenGunther Leopold de Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
Spouse: Princess Marie Gasparine of Saxe-Altenburg
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Biography

Charles Gonthier, Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen (German: Karl Günther, Fürst von Schwarzburg-Sondershausen; 7 August 1830 – 28 March 1909) was the ruler of the principality of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen, a constituent state of the German Empire, and head of the House of Schwarzburg from 17 July 1880 until his death.

Hereditary Prince

Prince Charles Gonthier was born in Arnstadt, the third child of Hereditary Prince Gonthier Frederick Charles and his first wife, Princess Marie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt. The death of his elder brother Prince Gonthier in 1833 put Charles Gonthier in direct line for the throne. As such, upon the abdication of his grandfather, Prince Gonthier Frederick Charles I, on 19 August 1835, he became Hereditary Prince and heir apparent to his father, who became Prince Gonthier Frederick Charles II.

In 1850 Prince Charles Gonthier enrolled at the University of Bonn to begin his studies in law and literature. Also in 1850, he embarked upon a career in the Prussian Army, being appointed an Oberleutnant. Two years later he was promoted to the rank of Rittmeister before once gaining promotion to the rank Major in 1855.

On 12 June 1869 Prince Charles Gonthier was married in Altenburg to Princess Marie Gasparine of Saxe-Altenburg, Duchess of Saxony, the daughter of Prince Eduard of Saxe-Altenburg.

Ruling prince

On 17 July 1880, following the abdication of his father due to an eye condition, Hereditary Prince Charles Gonthier succeeded him as ruling prince and head of the House of Schwarzburg. During his reign, he made advancements to the education system of the principality, opening a state school and teacher-training facility.

As the marriage of Prince Charles Gonthier was childless, the heir presumptive to the throne was his younger brother, Prince Leopold. In 1890 the two brothers caused a scandal in Germany when they came to blows after Prince Leopold, who desired to marry, took offence to his brother's suggestion that he marry a commoner if no royal woman would agree to marry him.

As his brother remained unmarried and Charles Gonthier childless, the Schwarzburg-Sondershausen branch of the House of Schwarzburg was on the verge of extinction, with no other princes remaining. The princely house of Schwarzburg consisted of two branches, Sondershausen being the senior line and Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt the junior. According to a family pact from 7 September 1713, upon the extinction of one of the branches, the principality would pass to the surviving one. However, as the Rudolstadt branch was also threatened with extinction on 21 April 1896, Prince Charles Gonthier agreed with the remaining dynasts, his brother Prince Leopold and cousin Prince Günther Victor of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, that their morganatic relative Prince Sizzo of Leutenberg was to become a member of the princely house with full succession rights. Their decision became law on 1 June 1896.

In 1906 Prince Charles Gonthier suffered a serious injury in a hunting accident. He spent the remaining years of his life confined to a hospital bed and died in a sanatorium in Dresden. As his brother and heir Prince Leopold had died in 1906, Prince Charles Gonthier was succeeded by his cousin, Prince Günther Victor, in whom both Schwarzburg principalities became vested in a personal union.

Titles and honours

Titles

  • 7 August 1830 - 19 August 1835: His Serene Highness Prince Charles Gonthier of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
  • 19 August 1835 - 17 July 1880: His Serene Highness the Hereditary Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
  • 17 July 1880 - 28 March 1909: His Serene Highness the Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen

Honours

  • Colonel-in-Chief of the Third Regiment of Thuringian Infantry
  • Knight of the Order of the Black Eagle
  • Knight of the Order of Saint Hubert

Ancestry

16. Prince Augustus Günther of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
16. Prince Augustus Günther of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
8. Christian Günther III, Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
17. Princess Charlotte of Anhalt-Bernburg
4. Günther Frederick Charles I, Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
18. Victor Frederick, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg
9. Princess Wilhelmine of Anhalt-Bernburg
19. Margravine Albertine of Brandenburg-Schwedt
2. Günther Frederick Charles II, Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
20. Louis Günther II, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
10. Frederick Charles, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
21. Countess Sophie Henriette Reuss of Untergreiz
5. Princess Caroline of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
22. John Frederick, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
11. Princess Frederica of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
23. Bernardina Christina Sophia of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
1. Charles Günther, Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
24. Louis Günther II, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (= 20)
12. Frederick Charles, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (= 10)
25. Countess Sophie Henriette Reuss of Untergreiz (= 21)
6. Prince Charles Günther of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
26. John Frederick, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (= 22)
13. Princess Frederica of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (= 11)
27. Bernardina Christina Sophia of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (= 23)
3. Princess Marie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
28. Frederick IV, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg
14. Frederick V, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg
29. Ulrike Louise of Solms-Braunfels
7. Landgravine Louise Ulrica of Hesse-Homburg
30. Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
15. Landgravine Caroline of Hesse-Darmstadt
31. Countess Palatine Caroline of Zweibrücken
16. Prince Augustus Günther of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
8. Christian Günther III, Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
17. Princess Charlotte of Anhalt-Bernburg
4. Günther Frederick Charles I, Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
18. Victor Frederick, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg
9. Princess Wilhelmine of Anhalt-Bernburg
19. Margravine Albertine of Brandenburg-Schwedt
2. Günther Frederick Charles II, Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
20. Louis Günther II, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
10. Frederick Charles, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
21. Countess Sophie Henriette Reuss of Untergreiz
5. Princess Caroline of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
22. John Frederick, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
11. Princess Frederica of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
23. Bernardina Christina Sophia of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
1. Charles Günther, Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
24. Louis Günther II, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (= 20)
12. Frederick Charles, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (= 10)
25. Countess Sophie Henriette Reuss of Untergreiz (= 21)
6. Prince Charles Günther of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
26. John Frederick, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (= 22)
13. Princess Frederica of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (= 11)
27. Bernardina Christina Sophia of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (= 23)
3. Princess Marie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
28. Frederick IV, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg
14. Frederick V, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg
29. Ulrike Louise of Solms-Braunfels
7. Landgravine Louise Ulrica of Hesse-Homburg
30. Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
15. Landgravine Caroline of Hesse-Darmstadt
31. Countess Palatine Caroline of Zweibrücken
8. Christian Günther III, Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
17. Princess Charlotte of Anhalt-Bernburg
4. Günther Frederick Charles I, Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
18. Victor Frederick, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg
9. Princess Wilhelmine of Anhalt-Bernburg
19. Margravine Albertine of Brandenburg-Schwedt
2. Günther Frederick Charles II, Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
20. Louis Günther II, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
10. Frederick Charles, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
21. Countess Sophie Henriette Reuss of Untergreiz
5. Princess Caroline of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
22. John Frederick, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
11. Princess Frederica of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
23. Bernardina Christina Sophia of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
1. Charles Günther, Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
24. Louis Günther II, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (= 20)
12. Frederick Charles, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (= 10)
25. Countess Sophie Henriette Reuss of Untergreiz (= 21)
6. Prince Charles Günther of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
26. John Frederick, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (= 22)
13. Princess Frederica of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (= 11)
27. Bernardina Christina Sophia of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (= 23)
3. Princess Marie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
28. Frederick IV, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg
14. Frederick V, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg
29. Ulrike Louise of Solms-Braunfels
7. Landgravine Louise Ulrica of Hesse-Homburg
30. Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
15. Landgravine Caroline of Hesse-Darmstadt
31. Countess Palatine Caroline of Zweibrücken
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https://web.archive.org/web/20110719084539/http://www.sondershausen.de/cms/geschichte/schwarzburger/k.-guenther/?a=138&level=1
http://www.sondershausen.de/cms/geschichte/schwarzburger/k.-guenther/?a=138&level=1
https://d-nb.info/gnd/117379050
https://viaf.org/viaf/15544751
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/15544751
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