Prince Charles of Hesse and by Rhine

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Prince Charles
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Prince Charles of Hesse and by Rhine
Spouse Princess Elizabeth of Prussia
House House of Hesse
Father Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse
Mother Wilhelmine of Baden
Born (1809-04-23)23 April 1809
Darmstadt
Died 20 March 1877(1877-03-20) (aged 67)
Darmstadt
Grand Ducal Family of
Hesse and by Rhine
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Louis II
Children
   Louis III
   Prince Charles
   Princess Elisabeth
   Prince Alexander
   Maria Alexandrovna, Empress of Russia
Grandchildren
   Louis IV
   Prince Heinrich
   Anna, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
   Prince Wilhelm

Prince Charles of Hesse and by Rhine (23 April 1809 - 20 March 1877) was the second son of Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse and Wilhelmine of Baden.

Marriage[edit]

In 1836, Charles married Princess Elisabeth of Prussia (1815 - 1885), daughter of Prince Wilhelm of Prussia (brother of Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia) and Maria Anna of Hesse-Homburg. They were unhappy together as Charles preferred life in the military to spending time with his family.

On 19 March 1877, Queen Victoria received a telegram from her daughter Alice, wife of Charles' son Louis, saying that they "feared the worst".[1] The following evening, news reached the Queen from Alice that Charles had "passed away quite peacefully after 6."[2] The Queen appears to have been affected by Charles' death, referring to him in her journal upon his death as "dear excellent Prince Charles of Hesse", later repeating, "So grieved and feel deeply for poor Prince Charles."[2]

Charles's eldest son, Louis, would become Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine upon the death of Charles's childless brother, Louis III, in 1877.

Issue[edit]

  • HGDH Prince Heinrich of Hesse and by Rhine (1838-1900); married, firstly, Baroness Caroline of Nidda and had issue. Married, secondly, Baroness Emilie of Dornberg and had issue.
  • HGDH Prince Wilhelm of Hesse and by Rhine (1845 - 1900); married Baroness Josephine of Lichtenberg and had issue.


Ancestry[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Queen Victoria's Journals". Princess Beatrice's copies. RA VIC/MAIN/QVJ(W). 19 March 1877. 
  2. ^ a b "Queen Victoria's Journals". Princess Beatrice's copies. RA VIC/MAIN/QVJ(W). 20 March 1877.