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Duke Alexander of Württemberg (1804–1885)

Duke Alexander Paul Ludwig Konstantin of Württemberg (9 September 1804, Saint Petersburg – 4 July 1885 Tüffer) was the father of Francis, Duke of Teck and the grandfather of Mary of Teck, wife of George V of the United Kingdom.

Duke Alexander of Württemberg
Alexander Paul Ludwig Konstantin von Württemberg Litho.jpg
Born(1804-09-09)9 September 1804
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died4 July 1885(1885-07-04) (aged 80)
Tüffer, Duchy of Styria, Austria-Hungary
SpouseCountess Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde
(m. 1835 - 1841; her death)
IssuePrincess Claudine of Teck
Prince Francis, Duke of Teck
Princess Amelie, Countess of Hügel
Full name
Alexander Paul Ludwig Konstantin
FatherDuke Louis of Württemberg
MotherPrincess Henriette of Nassau-Weilburg

His father was Duke Louis of Württemberg, brother of King Frederick I of Württemberg and Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia. His mother was Princess Henriette of Nassau-Weilburg, a great-granddaughter of George II of Great Britain through his eldest daughter Anne, Princess of Orange.



In 1835, he married, morganatically, Countess Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde (1812-1841), by whom he fathered three children: Claudine, Francis and Amalie. His wife was granted the title "Countess von Hohenstein". The children inherited their mother's title as Count or Countess von Hohenstein from birth, having no rights through their father to any royal title, status or inheritance.

In 1841, his wife was killed — run over by horses after falling from her own horse — and he became mentally unstable, a condition which lasted for the rest of his life.

In 1863, his three children were elevated to the rank of Prince and Princesses Fürst and Fürstin von Teck by King William I of Württemberg.

In 1871, his son Francis was raised to the title "Duke of Teck" by King Charles I of Württemberg, five years after his marriage with Alexander's third cousin (in descent from George II of Great Britain), Princess Mary of Cambridge. The Dukedom of Teck was a hereditary title, without land attached, in the Kingdom of Württemberg. Alexander's daughters were not given any new status, and remained princesses of Teck.


In 1835, he married, morganatically, a Hungarian countess, Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde, and had issue:

  • Princess Claudine of Teck (1836–1894).
  • Francis, Duke of Teck (1837–1900); married, 12 June 1866 at St. Anne's Church, Kew, Surrey, England Princess Mary of Cambridge,[1] and had issue (including the future Queen Mary of Teck).
  • Princess Amelie Josephine of Teck (1838–1893); married, on 24 October 1863 Carl Ernst Ludwig Paul, Count von Hügel (1835-1897).
    • Paul-Julius, Count von Hügel (1872-1912); married, Anna Pauline Homolatsch (est.1836-1896).
      • Countess Huberta Amelia Maximilienne Pauline von Hügel
      • Ferdinand Paul, Graf von Hügel


  1. ^ Weir, A. (1996) Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy, Revised edition (Pimlico, London)


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