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Princess Adelaide of Schaumburg-Lippe

Was daughter of Prince William of Schaumburg-Lippe and consort of the last reigning Duke of Saxe-Altenburg Ernst II
The basics
AKA Adelheid Prinzessin zu Schaumburg-Lippe
Date of birth Bohemia, Czech Republic
Date of death Jan 27, 1971 Ballenstedt, Harz, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Mother: Princess Bathildis of Anhalt-Dessau
Father: Prince William of Schaumburg-Lippe
Spouse: Ernst II Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
Brother(s): Prince Albert of Schaumburg-Lippe Prince Maximilian of Schaumburg-Lippe Prince Frederick of Schaumburg-Lippe
Children: Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Altenburg Georg Moritz Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Altenburg
The details

Princess Adelaide of Schaumburg-Lippe (German: Prinzessin Friederike Adelheid Marie Luise Hilda Eugenie zu Schaumburg-Lippe; 22 September 1875 – 27 January 1971) was daughter of Prince William of Schaumburg-Lippe and consort of the last reigning Duke of Saxe-Altenburg Ernst II.

Early life

Adelaide was born at Ratiboritz, Kingdom of Bohemia (now Ratibořice, seventh child and third daughter of Prince William of Schaumburg-Lippe (1834–1906), (son of George William, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe and Princess Ida of Waldeck and Pyrmont) and his wife, Princess Bathildis of Anhalt-Dessau (1837–1902), (daughter of Prince Frederick Augustus of Anhalt-Dessau and Princess Marie Luise Charlotte of Hesse-Kassel). In 1891, her sister Charlotte became Queen Consort of William II of Württemberg.


Adelaide married 17 February 1898 at Bückeburg to Prince Ernst of Saxe-Altenburg (1871–1955), son of Prince Moritz of Saxe-Altenburg, and his wife, Princess Augusta of Saxe-Meiningen. The marriage ended in divorce on 17 January 1920.

They had four children:

  • Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Altenburg (4 March 1899 – 16 February 1989), married on 11 July 1919 to Prince Sigismund of Prussia, had issue.
  • Georg Moritz, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Altenburg (13 May 1900 – 13 February 1991)
  • Princess Elisabeth Karola of Saxe-Altenburg (6 April 1903 – 30 January 1991)
  • Prince Frederick Ernst of Saxe-Altenburg (15 May 1905 – 23 February 1985)

Titles and styles

  • 22 September 1875 – 17 February 1898: Her Serene Highness Princess Adelaide of Schaumburg-Lippe
  • 17 February 1898 – 7 February 1908: Her Highness Princess Ernst of Saxe-Altenburg
  • 7 February 1908 – 17 January 1920: Her Highness The Duchess of Saxe-Altenburg
  • 17 January 1920 – 27 January 1971: Her Serene Highness Princess Adelaide of Schaumburg-Lippe


Notes and sources

Princess Adelaide of Schaumburg-Lippe
House of Lippe
Born: 22 September 1875 Died: 27 January 1971
German royalty
Preceded by
Agnes of Anhalt-Dessau
Duchess consort of Saxe-Altenburg
7 February 1908 – 13 November 1918
Succeeded by
Duchy abolished
Titles in pretence
Loss of title — TITULAR —
Duchess consort of Saxe-Altenburg
13 November 1918 – 17 January 1920
Reason for succession failure:
Duchy abolished in 1918
Succeeded by
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