Princess Feodora of Leiningen
|Princess consort of Hohenlohe-Langenburg|
Princess Feodora, by Sir William Ross
|Born||7 December 1807|
|Died||23 September 1872 (aged 64)|
Ernst I, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
(m. 1828; died 1860)
|Issue||Carl Ludwig II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg|
Hermann, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Adelheid, Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein
Feodora, Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen
|Father||Emich Carl, Prince of Leiningen|
|Mother||Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld|
Princess Feodora of Leiningen (Anna Feodora Auguste Charlotte Wilhelmine; 7 December 1807 – 23 September 1872) was the only daughter of Emich Carl, Prince of Leiningen (1763–1814), and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1786–1861). Feodora and her older brother Carl, 3rd Prince of Leiningen, were maternal half-siblings to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. She is a matrilineal ancestor of Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and of King Felipe VI of Spain.
On 29 May 1818, her mother remarried to Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of King George III of the United Kingdom. The following year, when the duchess's pregnancy was reaching full term, the household moved to the United Kingdom in order that the new potential heir to the British throne could be born in Britain.
Feodora enjoyed a very close relationship with Victoria, who was devoted to her, although Victoria resented the fact that Feodora was one of only a few other children with whom she was allowed regular interaction. Despite their closeness, Feodora was eager to leave their residence at Kensington Palace permanently, as her "only happy time was driving out" with Victoria and her governess Baroness Louise Lehzen, when she could "speak and look as she liked".
In early 1828, Feodora married Ernst I, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1794–1860), at Kensington Palace. Prior to that, she had only met him twice. After their honeymoon, she returned to the German Confederation, where she lived until her death in 1872. The prince had no domain, however, as the principality had been mediatised to Württemberg in 1806. The couple lived in a large and uncomfortable castle, Schloss Langenburg. Feodora maintained a lifelong correspondence with her half-sister Victoria and was granted an allowance of £300 (equivalent to $25,995 in 2016) whenever she could visit Britain.
Feodora and Ernest had six children (three sons and three daughters):
- Carl Ludwig II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg 25 October 1829–16 May 1907), succeeded his father on 12 April 1860, but abdicated his rights on 21 April to marry unequally. He married Maria Grathwohl on 22 February 1861. They had three children.
- Princess Elise of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (8 November 1830-27 February 1850) died at the age of 19.
- Hermann, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (31 August 1832–9 March 1913) married Princess Leopoldine of Baden on 24 September 1862. They had three children.
- Prince Victor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (11 December 1833 – 31 December 1891) married Lady Laura Seymour on 24 January 1861. They had four children.
- Princess Adelheid of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (20 July 1835–25 January 1900) married Frederick VIII, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein on 11 September 1856. They had five children.
- Princess Feodora of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (7 July 1839–10 February 1872) married George II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen on 23 October 1858. They had three sons.
In 2019, English actress Kate Fleetwood appeared as Feodora in the third season of the Victoria television series. In the programme Feodora is portrayed as a scheming, jealous sister who has fled Langenburg and refuses to return to her home, although this is not historically accurate.
|Ancestors of Princess Feodora of Leiningen|
- Albert, Harold A. (1967). Queen Victoria's sister: the life and letters of Princess Feodora. London: Hale.
- Gill, Gillian (2009). We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals. New York: Ballatine Books. ISBN 0-345-52001-7.
- Hibbert, Christopher (2000). Queen Victoria: A Personal History. London: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-00-638843-4.
- Pakula, Hannah (1997). An Uncommon Woman: The Empress Frederick, Daughter of Queen Victoria, Wife of the Crown Prince of Prussia, Mother of Kaiser Wilhelm. New York: Simon and Schuster Inc. ISBN 0-684-84216-5.
- Vallone, Lynne (2001). Becoming Victoria. Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-08950-3.
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