Prince Francis Joseph of Battenberg

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Prince Francis Joseph of Battenberg
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Prince Francis Joseph of Battenberg
Spouse Ana, Princess Petrovich-Niegosh of Montenegro
House House of Battenberg
Father Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine
Mother Countess Julia Hauke
Born (1861-09-24)24 September 1861
Padua, Kingdom of Italy
Died 31 July 1924(1924-07-31) (aged 62)
Territet (near Montreux), Switzerland

Prince Francis Joseph of Battenberg, also known as Prince Franz Joseph of Battenberg, (24 September 1861 – 31 July 1924), was the youngest son of Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine and Countess Julia von Hauke.

Biography[edit]

At one time, he was considered for the throne of Bulgaria, which eventually went to his brother Alexander.[1] Francis Joseph nevertheless followed his brother to Bulgaria, where he served as a colonel in the Bulgarian cavalry.[2] He made a proposal of marriage to Consuelo Vanderbilt in 1894, but she hated him on sight and refused.[3] On 18 May 1897 he married Princess Ana Petrovic-Njegoš of Montenegro, (Cetinje 18 August 1874 – 22 April 1971 Territet), daughter of Nicholas I of Montenegro. There was no issue of the marriage.[4]

He was made an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (civil division) by Queen Victoria on 6 February 1896.[5]

Ancestry[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Stuart, Amanda Mackenzie, Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and Mother in the Gilded Age, Harper Perennial, 2005, p. 101
  2. ^ "Royal Wedding At Cettinje; Francis Joseph of Battenberg United to Princess Anna of Montenegro", The New York Times (Cettinje), 19 May 1897 
  3. ^ Stuart, p. 101
  4. ^ Paul Theroff (2007). "Hesse". An Online Gotha. Retrieved 11 March 2007. 
  5. ^ http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/26707/pages/718
  6. ^ a b Paget, Gerald (1977), The Lineage & Ancestry of HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Edinburgh and London: Charles Skilton