Princess Adelaide of Schaumburg-Lippe

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Not to be confused with Princess Adelheid of Schaumburg-Lippe.
Princess Adelaide
Duchess consort of Saxe-Altenburg
Adelaide of Schaumburg-Lippe, duchess of Saxe-Altenburg.jpeg
Born (1875-09-22)22 September 1875
Ratibořice, Kingdom of Bohemia
Died 27 January 1971(1971-01-27) (aged 95)
Ballenstedt, East Germany
Spouse Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
(m. 1898; div. 1920)
Issue Charlotte, Princess Sigismund of Prussia
Georg Moritz, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Altenburg
Princess Elisabeth
Prince Frederick
Full name
German: Friederike Adelheid Marie Luise Hilda Eugenie
House House of Lippe (by birth)
House of Saxe-Altenburg (by marriage)
Father Prince William of Schaumburg-Lippe
Mother Princess Bathildis of Anhalt-Dessau

Princess Adelaide of Schaumburg-Lippe (German: Prinzessin Friederike Adelheid Marie Luise Hilda Eugenie zu Schaumburg-Lippe; 22 September 1875 – 27 January 1971) was daughter of Prince William of Schaumburg-Lippe and consort of the last reigning Duke of Saxe-Altenburg Ernst II.

Early life[edit]

Adelaide was born at Ratiboritz, Kingdom of Bohemia (now Ratibořice, seventh child and third daughter of Prince William of Schaumburg-Lippe (1834–1906), (son of George William, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe and Princess Ida of Waldeck and Pyrmont) and his wife, Princess Bathildis of Anhalt-Dessau (1837–1902), (daughter of Prince Frederick Augustus of Anhalt-Dessau and Princess Marie Luise Charlotte of Hesse-Kassel). In 1891, her sister Charlotte became Queen Consort of William II of Württemberg.


Adelaide married 17 February 1898 at Bückeburg to Prince Ernst of Saxe-Altenburg (1871–1955), son of Prince Moritz of Saxe-Altenburg, and his wife, Princess Augusta of Saxe-Meiningen. The marriage ended in divorce on 17 January 1920.

They had four children:

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 22 September 1875 – 17 February 1898: Her Serene Highness Princess Adelaide of Schaumburg-Lippe
  • 17 February 1898 – 7 February 1908: Her Highness Princess Ernst of Saxe-Altenburg
  • 7 February 1908 – 17 January 1920: Her Highness The Duchess of Saxe-Altenburg
  • 17 January 1920 – 27 January 1971: Her Serene Highness Princess Adelaide of Schaumburg-Lippe


Notes and sources[edit]

Princess Adelaide of Schaumburg-Lippe
Born: 22 September 1875 Died: 27 January 1971
German royalty
Preceded by
Agnes of Anhalt-Dessau
Duchess consort of Saxe-Altenburg
7 February 1908 – 13 November 1918
Succeeded by
Duchy abolished
Titles in pretence
Loss of title — TITULAR —
Duchess consort of Saxe-Altenburg
13 November 1918 – 17 January 1920
Reason for succession failure:
Duchy abolished in 1918
Succeeded by