Ernst Leopold Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha

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Ernst Leopold
Ernst Leopold Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha
Spouse Ingeborg Henig (1961–1963)
Gertraude Monika Pfeiffer (1963–1985)
Sabine Biller (1986–1996)
Issue Hubertus
Charles Edward
Full name
Ernest Leopold Edward William Josias
German: Ernst Leopold Eduard Wilhelm Josias
House House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Father Johann Leopold, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Mother Baroness Feodora von der Horst
Born (1935-01-14)14 January 1935
Hirschberg, Germany
Died 27 June 1996(1996-06-27) (aged 61)
Bad Wiessee, Germany

Ernst Leopold Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (Ernst Leopold Eduard Wilhelm Josias; 14 January 1935 – 27 June 1996) was the elder son of Johann Leopold, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Baroness Feodora von der Horst.

Early life[edit]

Ernst Leopold was born at Hirschberg, Germany. His paternal grandparents were Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the only son of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (youngest son of Queen Victoria), and his wife, Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.

Ernst Leopold had two siblings: Princess Caroline Mathilde and Prince Peter Albert.

His father was heir-apparent to the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha until the forced abdication of his grandfather on 18 November 1918, to Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, result of the German Revolution. As the marriage of his parents was considered morganatic he lost any rights to the succession of the ducal throne.


On 4 February 1961, Ernst Leopold married, Ingeborg Henig (b. 16 August 1937), daughter of Richard Henig and Luise Duckwitz. They divorced on 26 March 1963.[1]

They had one child:

On 29 May 1963, he married, secondly, Gertraude Monika Pfeiffer (b. 1 July 1938), daughter of Hermann Horst Pfeiffer and Gertrud Marianne Jardin at Regensburg, Germany. They divorced in 1985.[1]

They had four children:

  • Viktoria Prinzessin von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (b. 7 September 1963), married firstly in 1986 (div 1999) to Peter Schmidt, married secondly in 1999 to Gerd Armbrust, and has one son by her first marriage.[2]
  • Ernst-Josias Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (13 May 1965 – 4 September 2009), married in 1996 to Birgit Meissner and had one daughter.[2]
  • Carl-Eduard Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (b. 7 July 1966), married in 1998 to Miriam Kolo and has two daughters.[2]
  • Ferdinand-Christian Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (b. 13 Dec 1968), married in 1999 to Erika Ostheimer and they have one son born before their marriage.[3]

He married, thirdly, Sabine Margarete Biller (25 June 1941 – 27 June 1996), daughter of Alfred Carl Biller, on 20 January 1986.[4]

They had one daughter, born before the marriage of her parents:

  • Alice-Sybilla Prinzessin von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (b. 6 Aug 1974),[5] married in 2001 to Gerold Reiser, and they have two sons born before their marriage.[6]

Duke of Albany[edit]

He became the heir of the Dukedom of Albany at the death of his father in 1972. He was entitled to apply for reinstatement of the Dukedom, which his grandfather lost under the Titles Deprivation Act 1917, though he never did so.


Ernst Leopold died in June 1996 in Bad Wiessee, Germany at age 61, by committing suicide along with his wife Sabine Biller.

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 14 January 1935 – 27 June 1996: Prince Ernst Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
    • in German: Ernst Leopold Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha
    • Titles in pretence: 4 May 1972 – 27 June 1996: Duke of Albany, Earl of Clarence, Baron Arklow



  1. ^ a b C. Arnold McNaughton, The Book of Kings, volume 1, page 24.
  2. ^ a b c Theroff, P, "Saxony",
  3. ^ Theroff, P, "Saxony",
  4. ^ Peter W. Hammond, editor, The Complete Peerage or a History of the House of Lords and All its Members From the Earliest Times, Volume XIV: Addenda & Corrigenda (Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K.: Sutton Publishing, 1998), page 17. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage, Volume XIV.
  5. ^ Marek, Miroslav. "Wettin 9". Genealogy.EU. [self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ Theroff, P, "Saxony",