Duke Alexander of Württemberg (1804–1885)

Duke Alexander Paul Ludwig Konstantin of Württemberg (9 September 1804 – 4 July 1885) was a German nobleman. His son, Francis, Duke of Teck, was the father of Mary of Teck, queen consort to George V of the United Kingdom. Kings Edward VIII and George VI were among Alexander's great-grandchildren.

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
Spouse
(m. 1835; died 1841)
Issue
Names
Alexander Paul Ludwig Konstantin
HouseWürttemberg
FatherDuke Louis of Württemberg
MotherPrincess Henriette of Nassau-Weilburg

LifeEdit

He was born on 9 September 1804 the son of Duke Louis of Württemberg (1756–1817), the younger brother of Frederick I of Württemberg, the first king of Württemberg, and the second son of Frederick II Eugene, Duke of Württemberg (1732–1797).[1] His mother was Princess Henriette of Nassau-Weilburg (1780–1857), a daughter of Charles Christian, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg, and great-granddaughter of George II of Great Britain by his eldest daughter Anne, Princess Royal.

Marriage and issueEdit

In 1835, he married Countess Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde (1812–1841), a Hungarian noblewoman whose non-royal ancestry resulted in the marriage being considered morganatic, thus depriving her issue of their paternal royal titles, status, and inheritance.[2] She was granted the title Countess von Hohenstein in her own right.[3] In 1841, having fallen from her horse, she was trampled by other horses and killed.[4] After his wife's death Alexander suffered a mental breakdown, a condition which lasted for the rest of his life.

By his wife, he had issue: one son and two daughters.[5] In 1863, his children were all elevated by Alexander's first cousin William I of Württemberg to the rank of Princes and Princesses of Teck. His eldest son, Francis was elevated to Duke of Teck upon marriage.

AncestryEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Sophia Dorothea of Hanover only daughter of King George I, mother of Princess Sophia Dorothea of Prussia mother of Princess Friederike of Brandenburg-Schwedt mother of Duke Louis of Württemberg father of Duke Alexander of Württemberg
  2. ^ Ordinal numbers of peerage titles are omitted by convention when holder is royalty (see Wikipedia:Naming conventions (royalty and nobility)#Royals with a substantive title)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 'Württemberg: Reigning King' in J. Scott Keltie (ed.), The Statesman's Year-Book (London, 1886), p. 144.
  2. ^ Baring-Gould, S., The Land of Teck and its Neighbourhood (London, 1911), p. 297. Archived on 4 June 2007.
  3. ^ Baring-Gould, The Land of Teck, p. 297.
  4. ^ Baring-Gould, The Land of Teck, p. 297. 'Württemberg: Reigning King', p. 144.
  5. ^ 'Württemberg: Reigning King', p. 144.
  6. ^ Weir, A. (1996) Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy, Revised edition (Pimlico, London)