Alexander, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg

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Alexander
Prince of Erbach-Schönberg
Born(1872-09-12)12 September 1872
Schönberg, Grand Duchy of Hesse
Died18 October 1944(1944-10-18) (aged 72)
Bensheim, Nazi Germany
SpousePrincess Elisabeth of Waldeck and Pyrmont
IssuePrincess Imma of Erbach-Schönberg
George Louis, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg
Prince William of Erbach-Schönberg
Princess Helena of Erbach-Schönberg
Full name
Alexander Louis Alfred Eberhard
HouseErbach-Schönberg
FatherGustav, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg
MotherPrincess Marie of Battenberg

Alexander, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg (German: Alexander Ludwig Alfred Eberhard, Fürst & Graf zu Erbach-Schönberg; 12 September 1872 –18 October 1944) was the 2nd Prince of Erbach-Schönberg, eldest son of Gustav, 1st Prince of Erbach-Schönberg.

Early life[edit]

Alexander was the eldest child of Gustav, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg (August 17, 1840 – January 29, 1908), and his wife, Princess Marie of Battenberg (1852–1923), daughter of Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine and his morganatic wife Countess Julia Hauke. As a result of a morganatic marriage, his mother and her siblings were excluded from the succession of the Grand Duchy of Hesse, and bore the title Princes of Battenberg.

He was a first cousin of:

Marriage and family[edit]

Alexander married on 3 May 1900 in Arolsen, Princess Elisabeth of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1873–1961), seventh child and youngest daughter of George Victor, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont and Princess Helena of Nassau.

They had four children. four grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren:

  • Princess Imma Gustava Marie Louise Pauline Edda Adolphine Hermine of Erbach-Schönberg (11 May 1901 – 14 March 1947) she married Hans Karl Baron von Dornberg on 31 May 1923. She remarried Captain Neil Boyd Watson McEacharn on 1 July 1940 and they were divorced in 1947.
  • George Louis, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg (1 January 1903 – 27 January 1971) he married Marie-Marguerite von Deringer on 2 July 1925. They have three children, eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
  • Prince William Ernst Heinrich Alfred of Erbach-Schönberg (4 June 1904 – 27 September 1946) he married Countess Alexandra of Gortz on 4 October 1938. They have one daughter:
    • Princess Marianne of Erbach-Schönberg (15 December 1939-15 December 1939)
  • Princess Helena Sophie Louise Hedwig Emilie Martha of Erbach-Schönberg (8 April 1907 – 16 April 1979)

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 12 September 1872 – 18 August 1903: His Illustrious Highness Count Alexander of Erbach-Schönberg
  • 18 August 1903 – 29 January 1908: His Serene Highness Prince Alexander of Erbach-Schönberg
  • 29 January 1908 – 18 October 1944: His Serene Highness The Prince of Erbach-Schönberg

Ancestry[edit]

Notes and sources[edit]

Alexander, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg
Cadet branch of the House of Erbach
Born: 12 September 1872 Died: 18 October 1944
German nobility
Preceded by
Gustav
Prince of Erbach-Schönberg
1908–1919
Succeeded by
German nobility titles abolished
Titles in pretence
Loss of title — TITULAR —
Prince of Erbach-Schönberg
1919 – 1944
Reason for succession failure:
German nobility titles abolished
Succeeded by
George Louis