Günther Victor, Prince of Schwarzburg

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Günther Victor
Prince of Schwarzburg
Günther Victor von Schwarzburg.jpg
Spouse Princess Anna Louise of Schönburg-Waldenburg
House House of Schwarzburg
Father Prince Adolf of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
Mother Princess Mathilde of Schönburg-Waldenburg
Born (1852-08-21)21 August 1852
Rudolstadt, Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
Died 21 April 1925(1925-04-21) (aged 72)
Sondershausen, Weimar Republic
Princess Anna Louise, who died in 1951 as a citizen of the GDR

Günther Victor, Prince of Schwarzburg (21 August 1852 – 16 April 1925) was the final sovereign prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt and Schwarzburg-Sondershausen, and also the last German royal to abdicate in the wake of the November Revolution of 1918.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Rudolstadt the son of Prince Adolf of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (1801–1875) and his wife Princess Mathilde of Schönburg-Waldenburg (1826–1914). His mother Princess Mathilde was the daughter of Otto Victor, Prince of Schönburg-Waldenburg (1785–1861) and Princess Thekla of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (1795–1861) a cousin of Prince Günther's father.

Following the death of his father on 1 July 1875 Prince Günther became the heir presumptive to the principality of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt. Following the death of his first cousin once removed Prince Georg on 19 January 1890 Prince Günther succeeded him as sovereign prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt.

With the death of Prince Leopold of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen on 20 April 1906 Prince Günther then became heir presumptive to the other Schwarzburg principality.[1] The death of the prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen, Karl Günther on 28 March 1909 united the two Schwarzburg principalities under Prince Günther in a personal union. This was the first time the two principalities had been united under the same ruler since the 16th century when the Sondershausen and Rudolstadt lines had been formed.[2] Following his succession in Sondershausen Prince Günther dropped the name Rudolstadt from his title and assumed the title Prince of Schwarzburg.

Following the outbreak of the German revolution Prince Günther abdicated on 22 November 1918. Following his death in Sondershausen he was succeeded as head of the House of Schwarzburg by Prince Sizzo.[1]

Marriage[edit]

Prince Günther was married to Princess Anna Louise of Schönburg-Waldenburg (1871–1951) at Rudolstadt on 9 December 1891. The marriage was childless.[3]

In 1942 Princess Anna Luise adopted her nephew Prince Wilhelm of Schönburg-Waldenburg (1913–44) and his son Prince Ulrich (b. 1940).[1]

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Günther Victor, Prince of Schwarzburg
Born: 21 August 1852 Died: 16 April 1925
Regnal titles
Preceded by
George Albert
Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
1890–1918
Monarchies abolished
Preceded by
Karl Günther
Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
1909–1918
Titles in pretence
Monarchies abolished — TITULAR —
Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen

1918–1925
Succeeded by
Sizzo