The marriage was unhappy because of Ernst's infidelities and the couple separated in 1824.
More DetailsHide DetailsSt. Wendel, in the Principality of Lichtenberg, was assigned as her new residence (it was an exclave of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha; see Sotnick on this period)and Louise was forced to leave her two sons behind. Biographer Lytton Strachey noted in 1921: "The ducal court was not noted for the strictness of its morals; the Duke was a man of gallantry, and it was rumored that the Duchess followed her husband's example. There were scandals: one of the Court Chamberlains, a charming and cultivated man of Jewish extraction, was talked of; at last there was a separation, followed by a divorce."
On 31 July 1817 in Gotha, sixteen-year old Louise married her thirty-three year old kinsman Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld after he failed to win the hand of a Russian grand duchess.
More DetailsHide DetailsLouise was considered "young, clever, and beautiful".
They had two children: Ernst, who inherited his father's lands and titles, and Albert, who was later the husband of Queen Victoria. For the possibility that Albert's father was inter alios Leopold of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha (later Leopold I of Belgium) see R. Sotnick, The Coburg Conspiracy (2008).
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