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Princess Feodora of Leiningen

Princess Feodora of Leiningen (Anna Feodora Auguste Charlotte Wilhelmine; 7 December 1807 – 23 September 1872) was the only daughter of Emich Carl, Prince of Leiningen (1763–1814) and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1786–1861). Feodora and her older brother Carl, 3rd Prince of Leiningen were maternal half-siblings to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. She is a matrilineal ancestor of Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and of King Felipe VI of Spain.

Princess Feodora
Princess consort of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Princess Feodora of Hohenlohe-Langenburg by Sir William Ross.jpg
Princess Feodora, by Sir William Ross
Born7 December 1807
Died23 September 1872(1872-09-23) (aged 64)
IssueCarl Ludwig II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Princess Elise
Hermann, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Prince Victor
Adelheid, Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein
Feodora, Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen
Full name
Anna Feodora Auguste Charlotte Wilhelmine
Anne Theodora Augusta Charlotte Wilhelmina
FatherEmich Carl, Prince of Leiningen
MotherPrincess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld



Feodora was born in Amorbach in Bavaria, Germany on 7 December 1807 to Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld and her husband, Emich Carl, Prince of Leiningen. Her father died in 1814.

On 29 May 1818, her mother remarried to Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of King George III of the United Kingdom. The following year, the household was moved to the United Kingdom since the duchess' pregnancy was coming to an end and so that the new potential heir to the British throne could be born on British soil.[1][2]

By all accounts, Feodora enjoyed a very close relationship with her sister Victoria, who was devoted to her elder half-sister, though Victoria resented the fact that Feodora was one of only a handful of other children with whom she was allowed regular interaction.[3][4] Despite their closeness, Feodora was eager to leave their residence at Kensington Palace permanently, as her "only happy time was driving out" with Victoria and her governess Baroness Louise Lehzen, when she could "speak and look as she liked".[3]


In early 1828, Feodora married Ernst I, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1794–1860) at Kensington Palace. Prior to that, she had only met him twice.[5] After their honeymoon, she returned to the German Confederation where she lived until her death in 1872.[3] The prince had no domain, however, as the principality had been mediatised to Württemberg in 1806. The couple lived in the large and uncomfortable castle, Schloss Langenburg.[3] Feodora maintained a lifelong correspondence with her half-sister Victoria and was granted an allowance of £300 whenever she could visit England.[6]

Sculpture on the tomb of Princess Feodora of Leiningen

Feodora's youngest daughter, the Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen, died in early 1872 of scarlet fever.[7] Feodora died later that year.


Feodora and Ernest had six children (three sons and three daughters):




  1. ^ Hibbert 2000, pp. 9–10.
  2. ^ Gill 2009, p. 34.
  3. ^ a b c d Hibbert 2000, p. 22.
  4. ^ Gill 2009, p. 51.
  5. ^ Vallone 2001, p. 9.
  6. ^ Hibbert 2000, p. 58.
  7. ^ Pakula 1997, p. 296.


  • Albert, Harold A. (1967). Queen Victoria's sister: the life and letters of Princess Feodora. London: Hale.
  • Gill, Gillian (2009). We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals. New York: Ballatine Books. ISBN 0-345-52001-7.
  • Hibbert, Christopher (2000). Queen Victoria: A Personal History. London: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-00-638843-4.
  • Pakula, Hannah (1997). An Uncommon Woman: The Empress Frederick, Daughter of Queen Victoria, Wife of the Crown Prince of Prussia, Mother of Kaiser Wilhelm. New York: Simon and Schuster Inc. ISBN 0-684-84216-5.
  • Vallone, Lynne (2001). Becoming Victoria. Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-08950-3.