List of heirs to Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

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In the redistribution of land among the Ernestine duchies that followed the death of the last Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg on 11 February 1825, the late Duke's nephew-in-law, Duke Ernst III of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, received Gotha, while he ceded Saalfeld to the Duke of Saxe-Meiningen. On 12 November 1826 he thus became Ernst I of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The duchies of Saxe-Coburg and Saxe-Gotha remained in personal union until 1852, when a political union was effected.

This article is a list of those men who were heir-apparent or heir-presumptive to Saxe-Coburg and Gotha from 1826 until the abolition of the monarchy on 14 November 1918.

Heir to Ernest I, 1826–1844[edit]

Person Name Relation Birth Became
Hereditary Prince
Ceased to be
Hereditary Prince
Death
Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.jpg Hereditary Prince Ernest Son 21 June 1818 12 November 1826 29 January 1844
acceded to throne as Ernest I
22 August 1893

Heirs to Ernest II, 1844–1893[edit]

Person Name Relation Birth Became
Hereditary Prince
Ceased to be
Hereditary Prince
Death
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha by Franz Xaver Winterhalter.jpg Prince Albert
The Prince Consort
Brother 26 August 1819 29 July 1844 14 December 1861
Edward vii england.jpg Prince Albert
The Prince of Wales
Nephew 26 August 1819 14 December 1861 19 April 1863 6 May 1910
Alfred-sachsen-coburg-gotha.jpg Prince Alfred
The Duke of Edinburgh
Nephew 6 August 1844 19 April 1863 22 August 1893
acceded to throne as Alfred I
30 July 1900

Heirs to Alfred I, 1893–1900[edit]

Person Name Relation Birth Became
Hereditary Prince
Ceased to be
Hereditary Prince
Death
Erbprinz-alfred-von-sachsen-coburg-gotha.jpg Hereditary Prince Alfred Son 15 October 1874 22 August 1893 6 February 1899
Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught.jpg Prince Arthur
Duke of Connaught and Strathearn
Brother 19 July 1884 6 February 1899 15 July 1899 16 January 1942
Carl Eduard Sachsen Coburg und Gotha.jpg Prince Charles Edward
Duke of Albany
Nephew 19 July 1884 15 July 1899 30 July 1900
acceded to throne as Charles Edward I
6 March 1954

Heirs to Charles Edward I, 1900–1918[edit]

Person Name Relation Birth Became
Hereditary Prince
Ceased to be
Hereditary Prince
Death
Prince Arthur of Connaught colour.jpg Prince Arthur Cousin 13 January 1883 30 July 1900 2 August 1906 12 September 1938
Langhammer - Johann Leopold von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha - Verlag Albert Horn 310.jpg Hereditary Prince Johann Leopold Son 2 August 1906 14 November 1918
Monarchy abolished
4 May 1972

Heirs to Carl Eduard in pretense, 1918-1954[edit]

This lasted until his morganatic marriage on 9 March 1932 to Feodora von der Horst forcing Johann Leopold to cede his succession rights. The heir then became his brother.

Hubertus predeceased his father without children on 26 November 1943 during battle in World War II. His youngest brother then became heir.

Heirs to Friedrich Josias in pretense, 1954-1998[edit]

Heirs to Andreas in pretense, 1998-present[edit]

  • Andreas' son, Hubertus Michael has held the title of Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha since his grandfather's death.

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