Princess Caroline Mathilde of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
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|Princess Caroline Matilda|
|Countess of Castell-Rüdenhausen|
22 June 1912|
Callenburg Castle, Coburg
|Died||5 September 1983
|Spouse||Friedrich, Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen
(m. 1931; div. 1938)
(m. 1938; his death 1944)
(m. 1946; div. 1947)
Count Bertram of Castell-Rüdenhausen
Count Conradin of Castell-Rüdenhausen
Countess Victoria of Castell-Rüdenhausen
|House||Saxe-Coburg and Gotha|
|Father||Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha|
|Mother||Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein|
Princess Caroline Matilda of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Caroline Matilda Helen Louise Augusta Beatrice; 22 June 1912 – 5 September 1983) was a German princess, and a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
Princess Caroline Matilda, known in the family as Calma, was born at Callenburg Castle, near Coburg, on 22 June 1912, the fourth child and second daughter of Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein.
Caroline Mathilde was a younger sister of Prince Johann Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (mother of Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden), and Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. She was also an older sister of Prince Friedrich Josias of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
Marriages and issue
Princess Caroline married three times; firstly, on 14 December 1931, she married Friedrich Wolfgang Otto, Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen (27 June 1906 – 11 June 1940). She ultimately abandoned him, amid much controversy and scandal. On 2 May 1938 in Berlin, Caroline and Friedrich were divorced. He was killed in action during World War II, flying over England.
Secondly, on 22 June 1938, she married Flight Captain Max Schnirring (20 May 1895 – 7 July 1944). He was also killed in a flying accident. Thirdly, on 23 December 1946, she married Karl Otto Andree (10 February 1912 – 1984). They divorced on 10 October 1949. Lastly, in 1948, she married William Losberg.
|By Friedrich Wolfgang Otto, Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen|
|Count Bertram Friedrich of Castell-Rüdenhausen||12 July 1932|
|Count Conradin Friedrich of Castell-Rüdenhausen||10 October 1933||01 October 2011|
|Countess Viktoria Adelheid of Castell-Rüdenhausen||26 February 1935|
|By Captain Max Schnirring|
|Calma Barbara Schnirring||18 November 1938|
|Dagmar Sibylla Schnirring||22 November 1940|
|Peter Michael Schnirring||4 January 1943||10 February 1966|
|By Karl Otto Andree|
The Saxe Coburg family was left virtually penniless for their actions during World War II. Caroline had a difficult time adjusting, becoming estranged from some of her children.
Titles, styles, honours and arms
|House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha|
|Victoria and Albert|
Titles and styles
- 22 June 1912 – 28 March 1919: Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline Mathilde of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Princess of United Kingdom
- 28 March 1919 – 14 December 1931: Her Highness Princess Caroline Mathilde of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
- 14 December 1931 – 2 May 1938: Her Highness Princess Caroline Mathilde, Countess of Castell-Rüdenhausen
- 2 May 1938 – 5 September 1983: Her Highness Princess Caroline Mathilde of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
- Pendlebury, Richard (7 July 2008). "The West Country travel agent's wife 612th in line for the throne and the other unlikely Britons in our list of royal succession". Daily Mail.