Saxony's multitudinous combinations and recombinations (Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Saxe-Altenburg, Saxe-Weimar etc.)
‘Outrageously beautiful’ - The Princess Royal Victoria (later Empress of the German Empire) about her new sister-in-law Princess Alexandra of Denmark (later Queen Consort of Great-Britain). Portrait by Richard Lauchert (1823-69).
Christian IX of Denmark with his large family. He and Queen Louisa are on the settee with two of their 37 grandchildren. Tsar Alexander III and his wife (formerly Princess Dagmar are standing on the right. Queen Alexandra and King Edward of Great Britain are on the left,with son Albert Victor. For a complete list, see godsandfoolishgra...
King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. The paternal grandparents of the current King of Belgium. Albert became a hero and symbol of resistance during WWI for not allowing the German army to pass through Belgium peacefully on its way to Paris.
Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden and her sister Princess Patricia reading. When Margaret (1882-1920) was 23 and Patricia was 18, both girls were among the most beautiful and eligible princesses in Europe. Their uncle, King Edward VII, wanted his nieces to marry a European king or crown prince. The Connaughts met Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden. Originally Patricia was considered a suitable match for Gustaf, Gustaf and Margaret fell in love at first sight. Prince Gustaf proposed and was accepted.
Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden (Margaret of Connaught), 1882-1920, wearing tiara and necklace from the cameo parure that was a gift from Napoleon to Josephine in 1809, the same year he divorced her to enter a second marriage with the hopes of getting an heir. The parure is now owned by the Swedish crown.
Princess Sophie Louise Adelheid Marie Olga Carola 1911-1988, only daughter of Wilhelm Ernst, GD of Saxe Weimar Eisenach by his 2nd wife, Feodora of Saxe Meningen. Pawn of Nazi interference w/her attendance at wedding of cousin CPcss Juliana. Own marriage to Friedrich Gunther, Pnc of Schwarzburg only lasted 1 yr.--he never remarried.