Princess Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Princess Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg was the wife of Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and the mother of Duke Ernst II and Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria.
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  • 1831
    Age 30
    Nevertheless, this happy life ended in February 1831, when her secret marriage to von Hanstein was discovered and she lost her children permanently.
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  • 1826
    Age 25
    Seven months later, on 18 October 1826, Louise secretly married in St. Wendel her former lover, the Baron Alexander von Hanstein (later created Count of Pölzig and Beiersdrof).
    More Details Hide Details In her previous marriage, she had taken great interest in the social life of the principality and was revered as its Landesmutter (literally, "mother of the region").
    On 31 March 1826 their marriage was officially dissolved.
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  • 1824
    Age 23
    The marriage was unhappy because of Ernst's infidelities and the couple separated in 1824.
    More Details Hide Details St. 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."
  • 1817
    Age 16
    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 Details Hide Details Louise 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).
  • 1800
    Born on December 21, 1800.
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