Princess Eleonore of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich

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Eleonore of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich
Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine
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Spouse Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse
Issue Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse
Louis, Prince of Hesse and by Rhine
House House of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich
House of Hesse-Darmstadt
Father Hermann, Prince of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich
Mother Countess Agnes of Stolberg-Wernigerode
Born (1871-09-17)17 September 1871
Lich
Died 16 November 1937(1937-11-16) (aged 66)
Steene near Ostend
Burial Rosenhöhe Park in Darmstadt

Princess Eleonore of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich (17 September 1871 – Ostend, 16 November 1937), was the second wife of Ernst-Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine and the mother of his two sons. She was nicknamed Onor by her family.

Biography[edit]

Family[edit]

She was the fourth child and second daughter of Hermann, The Prince of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich, and his wife, Countess Agnes of Stolberg-Wernigerode.[1]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Eleanore married Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse in Darmstadt on 2 February 1905. His first wife was Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. They had become estranged and divorced on 21 December 1901, on the grounds of "invincible mutual antipathy" by a special verdict of the Supreme Court of Hesse.

Eleanore and Ernest Louis had two sons:

Death[edit]

Royal Monogram of Princess Eleonore

Eleonore died in an airplane crash on her way to her son Louis's wedding in London. Also killed in the crash was her elder son Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse, his wife Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark, and their two sons, Ludwig and Alexander.[2]

Ancestry[edit]

Notes[edit]

Princess Eleonore of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich
Cadet branch of the House of Solms
Born: 17 September 1871 Died: 16 November 1937
German royalty
Vacant
Title last held by
Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine
2 February 1905 – 9 November 1918
None
Grand Duchy abolished in 1918
Titles in pretence
None — TITULAR —
Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine
9 November 1918 – 9 October 1937
Reason for succession failure:
Grand Duchy abolished in 1918
Succeeded by
Cecilie of Greece and Denmark