Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine (1933–1937)

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Prince Alexander
Prince of Hesse and by Rhine
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Born (1933-04-14)14 April 1933
Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany
Died 16 November 1937(1937-11-16) (aged 4)
Ostend, Belgium
Burial Rosenhöhe, Darmstadt
House Hesse-Darmstadt
Father Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse
Mother Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark
Grand Ducal Family of
Hesse and by Rhine
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Ernest Louis
Children
Princess Elisabeth
Hereditary Grand Duke Georg Donatus
Prince Louis
Grandchildren
Prince Ludwig
Prince Alexander
Princess Johanna

Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine (Alexander Georg Karl Heinrich Prinz und Landgräf von Hessen), (14 April 1933 – 16 November 1937), was the second son of Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse and Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark, an elder sister of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

He was killed at age four in an airplane crash in 1937. He, his parents, older brother Ludwig, and grandmother Grand Duchess Eleonore were flying to London to attend the wedding of his paternal uncle Prince Ludwig to Margaret Geddes. The plane crashed into a factory chimney near Ostend, Belgium, killing all those on board.

"Family curse"[edit]

Some have considered the Hessian family victims of a family curse due to the number of premature deaths in the family. His orphaned younger sister Johanna, who had been left behind in Darmstadt, was adopted by their uncle Ludwig and his new wife Margaret Geddes, but died of meningitis in June 1939. Alexander was a great-nephew of Tsarina Alexandra and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fyodorovna, both of whom were killed with family members during the Russian Revolution of 1917. His maternal great grandmother Princess Alice of the United Kingdom and a great aunt, Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine, both died of diphtheria. His paternal aunt, Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, died at age eight of virulent typhoid, though she was rumored to have eaten from a poisoned dish meant for Nicholas II of Russia. He was also a nephew of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.[1]

Ancestry[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16. Prince Karl of Hesse and by Rhine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8. Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17. Elisabeth of Prussia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
18. Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9. Princess Alice of the United Kingdom
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
19. Victoria of the United Kingdom
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20. Prince Ferdinand of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10. Hermann, Prince of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
21. Countess Karoline of Collalto and San Salvatore
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Princess Eleonore of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
22. Count Wilhelm of Stolberg-Wernigerode
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11. Countess Agnes of Stolberg-Wernigerode
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
23. Countess Elisabeth of Stolberg-Roßla
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24. Christian IX of Denmark
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12. George I of Greece
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25. Louise of Hesse-Kassel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
26. Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich of Russia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
13. Olga Constantinovna of Russia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
27. Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Cecilie of Greece and Denmark
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
28. Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14. Prince Louis of Battenberg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
29. Countess Julia Hauke
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. Princess Alice of Battenberg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
30. Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
15. Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
31. Princess Alice of the United Kingdom
 
 
 
 
 
 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Duff (1967)

References[edit]

  • Duff, David (1967). Hessian Tapestry. London, Frederick Muller.