Ernst Leopold Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha

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Ernst Leopold
Ernst Leopold Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha
Born (1935-01-14)14 January 1935
Hirschberg, Germany
Died 27 June 1996(1996-06-27) (aged 61)
Bad Wiessee, Germany
Spouse Ingeborg Henig
(m. 1961; div. 1963)

Gertraude Monika Pfeiffer
(m. 1963; div. 1985)

Sabine Biller
(m. 1986)
Issue Hubertus
Charles Edward
Full name
Ernest Leopold Edward William Josias
German: Ernst Leopold Eduard Wilhelm Josias
House Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Father Johann Leopold, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Mother Baroness Feodora von der Horst

Ernst Leopold, Prinz of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Ernst Leopold Eduard Wilhelm Josias; 14 January 1935 – 27 June 1996) was a Prince (German: Prinz [1]), and the elder son of Johann Leopold, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Baroness Feodora von der Horst.

Early life[edit]

Ernst Leopold was born at Hirschberg, Germany. His paternal grandparents were Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the only son of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (youngest son of Queen Victoria), and his wife, Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.

Ernst Leopold had two siblings: Princess Caroline Mathilde and Prince Peter Albert.

His father was heir-apparent to the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha until the forced abdication of his grandfather on 18 November 1918, to Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, result of the German Revolution. As the marriage of his parents was considered morganatic he lost any rights to the succession of the ducal throne.

Marriage and Family[edit]

Ernst Leopold married Ingeborg Henig (b. 16 August 1937 in Nordhausen), daughter of Richard Henig and Luise Duckwitz, on 4 February 1961 in Herrenberg. They divorced on 26 March 1963.[2] They had one child:

He married, secondly, Gertraude Monika Pfeiffer (b. 1 July 1938 in Cottbus), daughter of Hermann Horst Pfeiffer and Gertrud Marianne Jardin, on 29 May 1963, at Regensburg, Germany. They divorced on 20 September 1985.[2] They had five children:

  • Princess Victoria Feodora Monika of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (7 September 1963) she married Peter Schmidt on 26 November 1986 and they were divorced in 30 September 1999. They have one son. She remarried Gerd Armbrust on 29 April 2000,
    • Prince Falk Wilhelm of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (28 Jun 1990)
  • Prince Ernst-Josias of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (13 May 1965–4 September 2009) he married Birgit Meissner on 5 July 1996. They have one daughter[3]:
    • Princess Sophie Alexandra Maria Katherine of Saxe Coburg Gotha (22 August 2000)
  • Prince Carl-Eduard of Saxe Coburg Gotha (7 July 1966) he married Miriam Kolo on 25 September 1998. They have two daughters[3]:
    • Princess Emilia Lucia Josefina of Saxe Coburg Gotha (24 March 1999)
    • Prince Johanna Carlotta Sophia of Saxe Coburg Gotha (16 August 2004)
  • Prince Ferdinand-Christian of Saxe Coburg Gotha (13 December 1968) he married Erika Ostheimer on 14 May 1999. They have one son born before their marriage[3]:
    • Prince Nicolaus of Saxe Coburg Gotha (12 October 1987)
  • Princess Alice-Sybilla of Saxe Coburg Gotha (6 August 1974),[4] she married Gerold Reiser on 9 July 2001. They have two children born before their marriage:[3]
    • Matthias Reiser (19 April 1999)
    • Carolin Monika Maria Reiser (19 August 2000)

He married, thirdly, Sabine Margarete Biller (25 June 1941 – 27 June 1996 in Kreuth), daughter of Alfred Carl Biller, on 20 January 1986 in Grünwald.[5] They had no children.


Ernst Leopold died during the 27th of June 1996 while within Bad Wiessee, Germany, within his 61st year, by committing suicide along with his wife Sabine Biller.[6]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 14 January 1935 – 27 June 1996: Prince Ernst Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
    • in German: Ernst Leopold Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha



  1. ^ Dictionary definition Collins Publishers Accessed February 14th, 2018
  2. ^ a b C. Arnold McNaughton, The Book of Kings, volume 1, page 24.
  3. ^ a b c d Theroff, Paul. "Theroff, P, "Saxony",". (Paul Theroff’s Royal Genealogy Site). [self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ Marek, Miroslav. "Wettin 9". Genealogy.EU. [self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ Peter W. Hammond, editor, The Complete Peerage or a History of the House of Lords and All its Members From the Earliest Times, Volume XIV: Addenda & Corrigenda (Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K.: Sutton Publishing, 1998), page 17. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage, Volume XIV.
  6. ^ Decca Aitkenhead, Imre Karacs (29th June 1996) - Royal couple could not afford lavish life the Independent Accessed February 13, 2018 (some content added earlier)