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Gottfried of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

Gottfried of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
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Intro prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
A.K.A. Gottfried Hermann Alfred Paul Maximilian Viktor Prinz zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Gottfried Prinz zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Countries Germany
Occupations Politician
Gender male
Birth 1897 (Langenburg)
Death 1960 (Langenburg)
Politics Nazi Party
Family
Mother: Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Father: Ernst II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Siblings: Princess Marie Melita of Hohenlohe-LangenburgIrma Helene zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Spouse: Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark
Children: Kraft, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
The details
Biography

Gottfried, 8th Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (German: Gottfried Hermann Alfred Paul Maximilian Viktor Fürst zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg; 24 March 1897 – 11 May 1960) was the only surviving son of Ernst II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

Early life

Prince Gottfried at the age of nine

Gottfried was born at Langenburg, Kingdom of Württemberg, the first child of Ernst II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1863–1950, son of Hermann, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Princess Leopoldine of Baden) and his wife, Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1878–1942, daughter of Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia). Through his maternal grandparents, he was a great-grandson of Queen Victoria and of Tsar Alexander II.

After the fall of the Imperial German monarchy in 1918, Gottfried continued to serve as a leader of the European royalty. He served in the German army in World War II, becoming severely injured at the Russian front. He was dismissed from the army after the abortive attempt on Adolf Hitler's life on 20 July 1944.

Marriage and issue

Gottfried was briefly engaged during 1927-28 to marry Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, the widow of Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt. That engagement was however repudiated, and on 3 December 1930, Gottfried became engaged to Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark. Margarita was the daughter of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and his wife, Princess Alice of Battenberg. Gottfried and Margarita are second cousins once removed through Queen Victoria and third cousins through Nicholas I of Russia. Many years later, Margarita's much younger brother Philip would marry Gottfried's distant cousin Elizabeth, daughter of King George VI of the United Kingdom. Elizabeth would succeed her father to the throne of the United Kingdom as Queen Elizabeth II.

Gottfried and Margarita had a harmonious marriage. They were blessed with six children, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren:

  • A stillborn daughter (born and died 3 December 1933)
  • Prince Kraft Alexander Ernst Ludwig Georg Emich (25 June 1935 – 16 March 2004); succeeded his father as Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
  • Princess Beatrix Alice Marie Melita Margarete of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (10 June 1936 – 15 November 1997)
  • Prince Georg Andreas Heinrich of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born 24 November 1938) married Princess Luise of Schönburg-Waldenburg on 9 September 1968. They have two daughters:
    • Princess Katharina Clementine Beatrix of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born 21 November 1972) married Prince Nikolaus of Waldeck and Pyrmont on 29 September 2002. They have two daughters:
      • Princess Laetitia of Waldeck and Pyrmont (born 2 December 2003)
      • Princess Alexia of Waldeck and Pyrmont (born 20 June 2006)
    • Princess Tatiana Luise of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born 10 February 1975) married Hubertus Christian Stephan (21 November 1970- 10 May 2018) on 10 September 2010. They have two sons:
      • Carl Stephan (born 22 January 2012)
      • Wolf Thomas Dres Stephan (born 5 October 2013)
  • Prince Rupprecht Sigismund Philipp Ernst of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (7 April 1944 – 8 April 1978)
  • Prince Albrecht Wolfgang Christoph of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (7 April 1944 – 23 April 1992) married Maria-Hildegard Fischer on 23 January 1976. They have one son:
    • Prince Ludwig of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (21 April 1976)

Their four elder children were all born at Schwäbisch Hall, while the two youngest boys, twins, were born in Langenburg.

Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

At the death of his father in 1950, Gottfried inherited the title of Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

Titles and styles

  • 24 March 1897 – 11 December 1950: His Serene Highness Prince Gottfried of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
  • 11 December 1950 – 11 May 1960: His Serene Highness The Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

Ancestry

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References
http://isni.org/isni/0000000057075784
http://thepeerage.com/p10113.htm#i101124
http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00021442&tree=LEO
https://d-nb.info/gnd/137601514
https://viaf.org/viaf/81771934
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q66546
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/81771934
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