Hubertus Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha

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Hubertus
Hubertus Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha
Born (1961-12-08) 8 December 1961 (age 54)
Herrenberg, West Germany
Spouse Barbara Weissmann (m. 1993)
Issue Sebastian
Full name
Hubertus Alexis Richard Ernest Edward
German: Hubertus Alexis Richard Ernst Eduard
House Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Father Ernst Leopold Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha
Mother Ingeborg Henig

Hubertus Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (Hubertus Alexis Richard Ernst Eduard; born 8 December 1961) is the eldest son of Ernst-Leopold Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (aka Prince Ernst Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha) and his first wife, Ingeborg Henig.[1] The Coburg branch of the Saxon dynasty, while ruling a small German duchy until 1918, provided constitutional kings to Belgium, Great Britain, Portugal and Bulgaria beginning in the 19th century, some of whose descendants continue to reign. Hubertus is senior by descent in the male line of the Coburgs, although it is the family's cadet branches which rose unexpectedly to international prominence and power in recent centuries, including giving queens consort to the German Empire, Norway, Romania and Italy.[2]

Background[edit]

Hubertus was born at Herrenberg, West Germany during the Cold War when part of his family's hereditary lands, located in West Germany, were retained by the Coburgs, while other portions were behind the Iron Curtain.

His paternal grandfather, the Hereditary Prince Johann Leopold (1906-1972), had been heir-apparent to the sovereign Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha but Johann Leopold's father, Duke Charles Edward, was the last prince of the House of Wettin to reign, abdicating on 14 November 1918 amidst the collapse of the German Empire at the end of World War I.

Johann Leopold renounced his claim as the deposed dynasty's heir on 27 February 1932, 15 days prior to his non-dynastic marriage to Baroness Feodora von der Horst (1905-1991).[1] The Headship of the Coburg Wettins would thus pass to Johann Leopold's younger brother, Prince Friedrich Josias, who dynastically married a countess of a mediatized family. Before his death in 1954, Duke Charles Edward re-allocated the family's remaining fortune as an inheritance for their son and heir Andreas, Prince of Coburg.[2]

Divorced from the baroness, Johann Leopold and his second wife, Maria Theresia Reindl, lived in Greinburg Castle, a Coburg property in Grein, Austria. Ernst-Leopold had been born in Hirschberg in Silesia, but Hubertus's parents were wed and he was born in Herrenberg in Wurttemberg. His father's children by his second marriage were born in Regensburg, while Hubertus and his mother lived mostly in Bavaria following his parents' 1963 divorce.[1]

Hubertus administers family properties and lives in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.[1] He has five half-siblings: Princess Viktoria, Prince Ernst-Josias, Prince Charles Edward, Prince Ferdinand-Christian and Princess Alice-Sybilla.[1]

Marriage[edit]

On 9 March 1993 at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Hubertus married Barbara Weissmann (b. Kaiserslautern, 21 May 1959), daughter of Eugen Weissmann and wife Renate Spettel.[1] They were divorced in the same city 12 September 2012.

They have one child, who lives with his mother:[1]

  • Sebastian Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (b. Kaiserslautern, 16 January 1994)

Ancestry[edit]

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Gothaisches Genealogisches Handbuch der Fürstlichen Häuser. Band I. "Sachsen-Coburg u. Gotha". Verlag des Deutschen Adelsarchivs, Marburg, 2015, pp. 259, 635-636. ISBN 978-3-9817243-0-1.
  2. ^ a b Beéche, Arturo E. The Coburgs of Europe. Eurohistory. 2013. pp. 129, 339, 354-355. ISBN 978-0-9854603-3-4