Charles of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich

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Charles of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich
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Charles of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich
Spouse(s) Princess Emma of Stolberg-Wernigerode
Noble family Solms
Father Hermann of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich
Mother Countess Agnes of Stolberg-Wernigerode
Born (1866-06-27)27 June 1866
Lich, Germany
Died 26 July 1920(1920-07-26) (aged 54)
Lich, Germany

Prince Charles Ferdinand William of Solms-Lich-Hohensolms (born 27 June 1866 in Lich; died: 26 July 1920) was a German politician. He was president of the First Chamber of the Estates of the Grand Duchy of Hesse.


Charles was the eldest son of Prince Hermann of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich (1838–1899) and his wife Agnes, Countess of Stolberg-Wernigerode (1842–1904).

He married on 16 October 1894 in Wernigerode with Princess Emma (1875–1956), daughter of the prince Otto of Stolberg-Wernigerode. The marriage produced four children:

  • Philip Hermann (1895–1918), Prince of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich; fell in battle at Kostiantynivka (Ukraine)
  • Anne-Agnes (1899–1987), married in 1923 Prince Carl of Castell-Castell (1897–1945)
  • Elizabeth (1903–1992), married in 1944 Otto Vossler (1902–1987)
  • Joana Marie (1905–1982), married in 1924 Count George Frederick of Solms-Laubach (1899–1969)

As his only son Philip was killed in World War 1 in 1918, after Charles' death in 1920 his younger brother Reinhard Louis (1867–1951) inherited the title of prince of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich.


When his father, Hermann, Prince of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich, died in 1899, Charles took over as sovereign. As a Hessian nobleman, he was a member of the First Chamber of the Estates of the Grand Duchy of Hesse under the 1899 constitution until the November Revolution of 1918. He was Vice President of the First Chamber from 1908 to 1914 and President from 1814 to 1918. From 1901 to 1918, he was also a member of the Prussian House of Lords.


  • Jochen Lengemann: Hesse Landtag 1808–1996, 1996, ISBN 3-7708-1071-6, page 361
  • Gothaisches Genealogisches Taschenbuch der Fürstlichen Häuser (Hofkalender), 179 (1942), p. 312