Karl, Prince of Leiningen

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Prince of Leiningen
Karl, 5th Prince of Leiningen.jpg
Born (1898-02-13)13 February 1898
Strassburg, German Empire[1]
Died 2 August 1946(1946-08-02) (aged 48)
Saransk, Soviet Union
Spouse Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna of Russia
Issue Emich Kyrill, Prince of Leiningen
Prince Karl
Kira, Princess Andrew of Yugoslavia
Margarita, Princess of Hohenzollern
Princess Mechtilde, Mrs. Karl Anton Bauscher
Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
Prince Peter
Full name
Friedrich Karl Eduard Erwin Fürst zu Leiningen
House Leiningen
Father Emich, 5th Prince of Leiningen
Mother Princess Feodore of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

Karl, Prince of Leiningen (German: Friedrich Karl Eduard Erwin Fürst zu Leiningen; 13 February 1898 – 2 August 1946)[2] was the son of Emich, 5th Prince of Leiningen. He was the titular Prince of Leiningen from 1939 until his death.

Early life[edit]

Karl was born at Straßburg, German Empire (which later became Strasbourg in France)[1] (some websites erroneously give Straßburg, Austria[3]), the second child and first son of Emich, 5th Prince of Leiningen (1866–1939), (son of Ernst Leopold, 4th Prince of Leiningen and Princess Marie Amelie of Baden) and his wife, Princess Feodore of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1866–1932), (daughter of Hermann, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Princess Leopoldine of Baden). Through his father he was descendant of Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden.


Karl married on 25 November 1925 in Langenburg to Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna of Russia (1907–1951), eldest child of Cyril Vladimirovich, Grand Duke of Russia and his wife, Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and his third cousin through descent from Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. (Karl is descended from the son of Victoria's first marriage and Maria's descent is from the daughter of Victoria's second marriage).

They had seven children:

Prince of Leiningen[edit]

On the death of his father in 1939, Karl became the titular pretender Prince of Leiningen.

Prisoner of War[edit]

He was a prisoner of war in the Soviet Union where he died in 1946 at Saransk.[4]

Titles and styles[edit]


Notes and sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, vol. 117, p. 265
  2. ^ Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Volume 133, p. 249.
  3. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Friedrich Karl Eduard Erwin VI Fürst zu Leiningen". Retrieved 10 May 2005. 
  4. ^ Marlene A. Eilers, Queen Victoria's Descendants (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987). Hereinafter cited as Queen Victoria's Descendants.
Karl, Prince of Leiningen
Born: 13 February 1898 Died: 2 August 1946
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Prince of Leiningen
1939 – 1946
Reason for succession failure:
German nobility titles abolished
Succeeded by
Emich Kyrill