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Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Duke of Saxe-coburg and Gotha
Born Aug 6, 1844

Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was the third Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and reigned from 1893 to 1900. He was also a member of the British Royal Family, the second son and fourth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. He was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Kent and Earl of Ulster in the peerage of the United Kingdom on 24 May 1866.… Read More

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1844 Birth Born on August 6, 1844.


1856 - 1858 2 More Events
In July 1860, while in this ship, he paid an official visit to the Cape Colony, and made a very favourable impression both on the colonials and on the native chiefs.
1862 17 Years Old On the abdication of King Otto of Greece, in 1862, Prince Alfred was chosen to succeed him, but the British government blocked plans for him to ascend the Greek throne.
1863 18 Years Old Prince Alfred, therefore, remained in the navy, and was promoted lieutenant on 24 February 1863, serving under Count Gleichen on, and captain on 23 February 1866, being then appointed to the command of the frigate.
1864 19 Years Old Alfred remained second-in-line to the British throne from his birth until 8 January 1864. … Read More


1866 21 Years Old In the Queen's Birthday Honours on 24 May 1866, the Prince was created Duke of Edinburgh and Earl of Ulster and Kent, with an annuity of £15,000 granted by Parliament. … Read More
1867 22 Years Old 1 More Event
While still in command of the Galatea, the Duke of Edinburgh started from Plymouth on 24 January 1867 for his voyage round the world.
On 12 March 1868, on his second visit to Sydney he was invited by Sir William Manning, President of the Sydney Sailors' Home to picnic at the beachfront suburb of Clontarf to raise funds for the home. … Read More
He visited Hawaii in 1869 and spent time with the royal family there, where he was presented with leis upon his arrival.
1874 29 Years Old On 23 January 1874, the Duke of Edinburgh married the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia, the second (and only surviving) daughter of Emperor Alexander II of Russia and his wife Marie of Hesse and by Rhine, daughter of Ludwig II, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine and Wilhelmine of Baden, at the Winter Palace, St Petersburg. … Read More


1876 31 Years Old The Duke of Edinburgh devoted himself to his profession, showing complete mastery of his duties and unusual skill in naval tactics. He was stationed in Malta for several years and his third child, Victoria Melita, was born there in 1876.
1878 33 Years Old He was promoted rear-admiral on 30 December 1878, vice-admiral on 10 November 1882, admiral on 18 October 1887 and received his baton as Admiral of the Fleet on 3 June 1893.
1883 38 Years Old He commanded the Channel Fleet from 1883 to 1884, the Mediterranean Fleet from 1886 to 1889 and was Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth from 1890 to 1893. … Read More


1890 45 Years Old One of the stamp collectors in the Royal Family, he was elected honorary president of The Philatelic Society, London in 1890. … Read More
1893 48 Years Old On the death of his uncle, Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha on 22 August 1893, the duchy fell to the Duke of Edinburgh, since the Prince of Wales had renounced his right to the succession. … Read More


1899 54 Years Old The Duke's only son, the Hereditary Prince Alfred, became involved in a scandal involving his mistress and shot himself in January 1899, in the midst of his parents' twenty-fifth wedding anniversary celebrations. … Read More
1900 55 Years Old 1 More Event
The Duke of Saxe-Coburg died of throat cancer on 30 July 1900 at Schloss Rosenau, his summer residence outside Coburg. … Read More
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