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Prince Albert
Personal details
Born (1843-04-14)14 April 1843
Munich
Died 22 May 1902(1902-05-22) (aged 59)
Serrahn
Spouse(s)
  • Marie of Prussia (m. 1885–88)
  • Duchess Helene of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (m. 1891)

Prince Albert of Saxe-Altenburg (Albert Heinrich Joseph Carl Viktor Georg Friedrich; Munich, 14 April 1843 – Serrahn, 22 May 1902) was a German prince of the ducal house of Saxe-Altenburg.[1]

Biography

Family and early life

Prince Albert was the eldest son (third in order of birth but the only one who survived to adulthood) of Prince Eduard of Saxe-Altenburg (youngest son of Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen) and his second wife, Princess Luise Caroline Reuss of Greiz.

He entered the Russian army early in life, and attained the rank of Major-General in this service, but subsequently exchanged it for the Prussian army, where he became a general of cavalry.[2]

Marriages

He was first married in Berlin on 6 May 1885 to Princess Marie of Prussia, widow of Prince Henry of the Netherlands.[1]

They had two daughters:

  • Princess Olga Elisabeth Carola Victoria Maria Anna Agnes Antoinette of Saxe-Altenburg (Schloß Albrechtsberg, 17 April 1886 - Münster, 13 January 1955); married on 20 May 1913 Karl Frederick, Count of Pückler-Burghauss and Freiherr von Groditz (1886–1945).
  • Marie (Schloß Albrechtsberg, 6 June 1888 - Hamburg, 12 November 1947); married on 20 April 1911 Heinrich XXXV, Prince von Reuss of Köstritz (1887–1936); they divorced in 1921, and Heinrich remarried to Princess Marie Adelheid of Lippe-Biesterfeld. Marie adopted in 1942 Theodor Franz (Graf Praschma) von Sachsen-Altenburg (1934 - 2012).

Princess Marie died in 1888 from the effects of puerperal fever. A few years later on 13 December 1891, at Remplin, Albert married Duchess Helene of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The couple had no children.

Albert was a conspicuous figure in Berlin society, and was a great favorite due to his "clever" mind, genial disposition, pleasant address, and enthusiasm as a sportsman.[3] Marie died in 1888.[3] Sources reported that the Emperor′s "arbitrary manners" became so intolerable to Albert and others, as they were used to the days of social courtesy under the old Wilhelm I.[4]

Prince Albert became a Rechtsritter (Knight of Justice) of the Order of Saint John in 1900. He died on 22 May 1902 at Remplin, his death "sincerely regretted" by all the royal houses in Germany.[1][3]

Ancestry

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Albrecht Heinrich Joseph Prinz von Sachsen-Altenburg". http://thepeerage.com/p11097.htm#i110961. Retrieved 14 October 2010. 
  2. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 24 May 1902. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Berlin-Malcom Clarke". 22 July 1902. 
  4. "Snubbed By The Kaiser". 17 February 1896. 

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