Heinrich VII, Prince Reuss of Köstritz

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Heinrich VII, Prince Reuss of Köstritz
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Spouse(s) Princess Marie Alexandrine of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Noble family House of Reuss
Father Heinrich LXIII, Prince Reuss of Köstritz
Mother Countess Eleonore of Stolberg-Wernigerode
Born (1825-07-14)14 July 1825
Klipphausen
Died 2 May 1906(1906-05-02) (aged 80)
Trzebiechów

Heinrich VII, Prince Reuss of Köstritz (German: Heinrich VII. Reuß zu Köstritz; 14 July 1825, Klipphausen – 2 May 1906, Trzebiechów) was a German diplomat.

Life[edit]

Prince Heinrich VII Reuss was born in 1825 as the fifth child and third son of Prince Heinrich LXIII, Prince Reuss of Köstritz and his first wife, Countess Eleonore of Stolberg-Wernigerode. From 1845 to 1848 he studied law at Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg and Humboldt University of Berlin. He then joined the 8th Lancers Regiment. From 1853, he pursued a diplomatic career.

From 1854 to 1863 he worked as an advisor in the Prussian embassy in Paris. Then he was sent as Prussian royal ambassador to Kassel, and later to Munich. On 5 February 1868 he was posted as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the North German Confederation to the Russian court at St. Petersburg by William I, who was still King of Prussia at that time. On 26 April 1871 he was designated the first ambassador of the German Empire by William, who had been crowned Emperor a few months earlier.

From 1873 to 1876 he served Emperor William I as adjutant general. In 1876 he married Princess Marie Alexandrine of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach and became a member of the Prussian House of Lords. In 1877, he was the first imperial ambassador to Constantinople, where he opened the magnificent Embassy building, which he was allowed to set up to his own taste. Just one year later he went as German ambassador to Vienna; this was his last foreign assignment.

In 1894, he retired to his castle in Trzebiechów (German: Trebschen), where he died on 2 May 1906.

Descendants[edit]

On 6 February 1876, Heinrich VII married Princess Marie Alexandrine of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, daughter of Grand Duke Charles Alexander of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. From this marriage, he had the following children:

married in 1920 (divorced 1921) Princess Marie Adelaide of Lippe (1895-1993)
married firstly in 1913 (divorced 1922) Princess Victoria Margaret of Prussia (1890-1923)
married secondly in 1929 (divorced 1935) Allene Tew (1876-1955)
  • Johanna (1882–1883)
  • Sophie Renate (1884–1968)
married in 1909 Prince Heinrich XXXIV Reuss (1887-1956)
  • Heinrich XXXV (1887–1936)
married firstly in 1911 (divorced 1921) Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg (1888-1947)
married secondly in 1921 (divorced 1923) Princess Marie Adelaide of Lippe (1895-1993)

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Sources[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.
Preceded by
Otto zu Stolberg-Wernigerode
German ambassador in Austria
1878-1894
Succeeded by
Philipp zu Eulenburg