Prince Victor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

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Prince Victor
Victor zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg.jpg
Prince Victor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Born (1833-12-11)11 December 1833
Died 31 December 1891(1891-12-31) (aged 58)
Spouse Countess Laura von Gleichen
Issue Lord Edward Gleichen
Lady Feodora Gleichen
Lady Valda Gleichen
Lady Helena Gleichen
Father Ernst I, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Mother Princess Feodora of Leiningen
Commodore James Graham Goodenough by Count Gleichen,1877

Admiral Victor Ferdinand Franz Eugen Gustaf Adolf Constantin Friedrich of Hohenlohe-Langenburg GCB (11 December 1833 – 31 December 1891), also known as Count Gleichen, was an officer in the Royal Navy, and a sculptor.


He was born at Langenburg in Württemberg, the fourth child and third son of Ernst I, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1794–1860) and Princess Feodora of Leiningen (1807–1872). His mother was Queen Victoria's half-sister, and his family was therefore closely related to the British Royal Family.

Victor (sometimes spelled Viktor) became an officer in the Royal Navy in 1848 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1854. As a Lieutenant, he served on the first-rate HMS St Jean d'Acre in the Mediterranean under Captain Henry Keppel in 1855; commanded the gunboat HMS Traveller for a few months in 1856 after her launch until she was paid off; served again under Keppel again on the fourth-rate HMS Raleigh in the East Indies and China, until she was wrecked near Macau in 1857. He was recommended for the Victoria Cross for his service in China in 1856. He was promoted to Commander in 1857, and commanded the first-rate sloop HMS Scourge in the Mediterranean. Promoted to Captain in 1859, he took command of the 21-gun corvette HMS Racoon from commissioning in 1863 until 1866, during which time Queen Victoria's second son, Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh (1844–1900) served on board as a lieutenant.

He retired from active service in 1866, and was appointed KCB that year (advanced to GCB in 1887). In retirement, he was promoted to the rank of Retired Rear admiral in December 1876, and advanced to Retired Vice admiral on 23 November 1881 and to Retired Admiral on 24 May 1882. Prince Victor reverted to the title of Prince Victor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg in December 1885. He died in London and was buried at Sunningdale.


Statue of Alfred the Great, Wantage

He became a sculptor after retiring from the Navy.

Examples of his work include


He married Laura Williamina Seymour, the younger daughter of Admiral Sir George Francis Seymour (under whom he served on HMS Cumberland in the 1850s) on 24 January 1861 in London.[3] Shortly before his morganatic marriage, his wife was created Countess Gleichen, after Gleichen which was at one stage owned by a branch of the Hohenlohe family. They had four children:

Prince Victor's only son, also known as Count Gleichen, became a Major General in the British Army, he changed his title in the First World War to "Lord Edward Gleichen".



  1. ^ a b Original features Times Higher Education. 5 February 2009
  2. ^ Pollard, Richard; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2006), Lancashire: Liverpool and the South-West, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 432, ISBN 0-300-10910-5 
  3. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Governor of Windsor Castle
Succeeded by
John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll