Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
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Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

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Born Jul 19, 1884
Died Mar 6, 1954

Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was the fourth and last reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, two duchies in Germany, and the head of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha from 1900 until his death in 1954. A male-line grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, he was also a Prince of the United Kingdom and held the British title of Duke of Albany.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1884 Birth After becoming sick, the young Duke was privately baptised at Claremont on 4 August 1884, two weeks after his birth and later baptised publicly in Esher Parish Church on 4 December 1884 four months later. … Read More

TEENAGE

1899 14 Years Old …  Alfred's only son, Prince Alfred ("Young Affie"), died in 1899, and the Duke of Connaught, the Queen's third son, renounced his claims to the duchy. … Read More
1902 17 Years Old His uncle, Edward VII, made him a Knight of the Garter on 15 July 1902, just prior to his 18th birthday.

TWENTIES

1905 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Upon coming of age on 19 July 1905, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha assumed full constitutional powers.

THIRTIES

1915 30 Years Old Consequently, George V ordered his name removed from the register of the Knights of the Garter in 1915.
1917 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 1917, in an effort to distance his dynasty from its German origins, George V changed the name of the British Royal House from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the House of Windsor. … Read More
1918 33 Years Old On 18 November 1918, the Workers' and Soldiers' Council of Gotha deposed the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. … Read More

FORTIES

1932 47 Years Old In 1932, he took part in the creation of the so-called Harzburg Front, through which German National People's Party became associated with the Nazi Party.

FIFTIES

1935 50 Years Old He joined the Nazi Party in 1935 and became a member of the SA (or Brownshirts), rising to the rank of Obergruppenführer.
1936 51 Years Old In 1936, Adolf Hitler sent the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to Britain as president of the Anglo-German Friendship Society. … Read More
1937 52 Years Old 1 More Event
He also served as a member of the Reichstag representing the Nazi Party from 1937 to 1945 and as president of the German Red Cross from 1933 to 1945. … Read More
1943 58 Years Old Although Charles Edward was too old for active service during World War II, his three sons served in the Wehrmacht (Germany's armed forces). His second son, Hubertus, was killed in action in 1943 on the eastern front in a plane crash. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1946 61 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1946 (August 1949, according to his ODNB entry), he was sentenced by a denazification court, heavily fined and almost bankrupted. … Read More
1953 68 Years Old The former Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha spent the last years of his life in seclusion. In 1953, he travelled to a local cinema to watch the Coronation of his cousin's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.
1954 70 Years Old Died on March 6, 1954.
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