Karl, Prince of Leiningen
|Prince of Leiningen|
13 February 1898|
Strassburg, German Empire
|Died||2 August 1946
Saransk, Soviet Union
|Spouse||Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna of Russia|
|Issue||Emich Kyrill, Prince of Leiningen
Kira, Princess Andrew of Yugoslavia
Margarita, Princess of Hohenzollern
Princess Mechtilde, Mrs. Karl Anton Bauscher
Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
|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) was the son of Emich, 5th Prince of Leiningen. He was the titular Prince of Leiningen from 1939 until his death.
Karl was born at Straßburg, German Empire (which later became Strasbourg in France) (some websites erroneously give Straßburg, Austria), 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:
- Emich Kyrill, Prince of Leiningen (18 October 1926 – 30 October 1991), married in 1950 to Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg, had issue.
- Prince Karl of Leiningen (2 January 1928 – 28 September 1990), married in 1957 to Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria, had issue.
- Princess Kira of Leiningen (18 July 1930 – 24 September 2005), married in 1963 to Prince Andrew of Yugoslavia, had issue.
- Princess Margarita of Leiningen (9 May 1932 – 16 June 1996); married in 1951 to Frederick William, Prince of Hohenzollern, had issue.
- Princess Mechtilde of Leiningen (b. 2 January 1936), married in 1961 to Karl Anton Bauscher, had issue.
- Prince Friedrich of Leiningen (18 June 1938 – 29 August 1998), married firstly in 1960 to Karin-Evelyne Göss, divorced in 1962, no issue; Married secondly in 1971 to Helga Eschenbacher, no issue.
- Prince Peter of Leiningen (23 December 1942 – 12 January 1943)
Prince of Leiningen
On the death of his father in 1939, Karl became the titular pretender Prince of Leiningen.
Prisoner of War
Titles and styles
- 13 February 1898 – 5 April 1904: His Serene Highness Prince Karl of Leiningen
- 5 April 1904 – 18 July 1939: His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Leiningen
- 18 July 1939 – 2 August 1946: (titular) His Serene Highness The Prince of Leiningen
Notes and sources
- Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, vol. 117, p. 265
- Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Volume 133, p. 249.
- Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Friedrich Karl Eduard Erwin VI Fürst zu Leiningen". Retrieved 10 May 2005.
- Marlene A. Eilers, Queen Victoria's Descendants (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987). Hereinafter cited as Queen Victoria's Descendants.
- thePeerage.com - Friedrich Karl Eduard Erwin VI Fürst zu Leiningen
- Genealogics - Leo van de Pas - Karl, 6.Fürst zu Leiningen
- Queen Victoria's Descendants, New York, 1987., Eilers, Marlene A., Reference: 195
Karl, Prince of LeiningenBorn: 13 February 1898 Died: 2 August 1946
|Titles in pretence|
|— TITULAR —
Prince of Leiningen
1939 – 1946
Reason for succession failure:
German nobility titles abolished