Ernst Leopold, 4th Prince of Leiningen

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Ernst Leopold
Prince of Leiningen
Ernest, Prince of Leiningen (1830-1904), Commander of H.M. Yacht.jpg
Born (1830-11-09)9 November 1830
Amorbach, Kingdom of Bavaria
Died 5 April 1904(1904-04-05) (aged 73)
Amorbach, Kingdom of Bavaria
Spouse Princess Marie of Baden
Issue Princess Alberta
Emich, 5th Prince of Leiningen
Full name
German: Ernst Leopold Victor Carl August Joseph Emich, Furst zu Leiningen
House Leiningen
Father Carl, 3rd Prince of Leiningen
Mother Countess Maria Klebelsberg

Ernst Leopold, 4th Prince of Leiningen (German: Ernst Leopold Victor Carl August Joseph Emich, Furst zu Leiningen) (Amorbach, 9 November 1830 – Amorbach 5 April 1904) was a German nobleman.


He was the elder son of Carl, 3rd Prince of Leiningen and Countess Maria Klebelsberg. His father was the maternal half-brother of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. Ernst Leopold joined the Royal Navy in 1849.[1] He acceded to the title of Prince of Leiningen on his father's death on 13 November 1856. Promoted to Captain in 1860, he commanded HMS Magicienne and then HMY Victoria and Albert.[1] He was appointed Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1885,[citation needed] was promoted to full Admiral in 1887[2] and retired from the Navy in 1895.[3]

He was appointed a Knight Commander of the civil division of the Order of the Bath in 1863,[4] a Knight Grand Cross in 1866[5] and an honorary Knight Grand Cross in the military division in 1887,[6] amended to additional Knight Grand Cross later that year.[7] He was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in 1898.[8]

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 11 September 1858 in Karlsruhe he married Princess Marie of Baden (1834–1899), second daughter and seventh child of Leopold, Grand Duke of Baden and Sophie of Sweden. They had two children :

  • Princess Alberta of Leiningen (24 December 1863 – 30 August 1901).
  • Prince Emich of Leiningen (18 January 1866 – 18 July 1939); became 5th Prince of Leiningen on his father's death in 1904; married Princess Feodore of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1866–1932).



  1. ^ a b William Loney RN
  2. ^ "no. 25721". The London Gazette. 15 July 1887. p. 3852. 
  3. ^ "no. 26679". The London Gazette. 12 November 1895. p. 6099. 
  4. ^ "no. 22761". The London Gazette. 11 August 1863. p. 3995. 
  5. ^ "no. 23064". The London Gazette. 30 January 1866. p. 511. 
  6. ^ "no. 25717". The London Gazette. 1 July 1887. p. 3561. 
  7. ^ "no. 25742". The London Gazette. 27 September 1887. p. 5263.  and "no. 25745". The London Gazette. 7 October 1887. p. 5435. 
  8. ^ "no. 27007". The London Gazette. 23 September 1898. p. 5599. 
Ernst Leopold, 4th Prince of Leiningen
Born: 9 November 1830 Died: 5 April 1904
German nobility
Preceded by
Prince of Leiningen
1856 – 1904
Succeeded by
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Corbett
Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
Succeeded by
Charles Waddilove