Princess Feodora of Leiningen

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Princess Feodora
Princess consort of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Princess Feodora in about 1828.
Born 7 December 1807
Died 23 September 1872(1872-09-23) (aged 64)
Spouse Ernst I, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Issue Carl Ludwig II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Princess Elise
Hermann, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Prince Victor
Adelheid, Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein
Feodora, Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen
Full name
Anna Feodora Auguste Charlotte Wilhelmine
Anne Theodora Augusta Charlotte Wilhelmina
House Leinengen
Father Emich Carl, 2nd 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.


Feodora was born on 7 December 1807 to Emich Carl, Prince of Leiningen and his wife Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Her father died in 1814.

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, the household was taken to the United Kingdom as the Duchess' pregnancy came to an end, so that the new potential heir to the British throne could be born on British soil.[1][2]

By all accounts, Feodora enjoyed a very close relationship with her sister Victoria, who was devoted to her elder sister.[3][4] Despite this, Feodora was eager to permanently leave their residence at Kensington Palace, as her "only happy time was driving out" with Victoria and her governess Baroness Louise Lehzen because she could "speak and look as she liked".[3]


In early 1828 at Kensington Palace, Feodora married Ernst I, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1794–1860), a man she had only met twice previously.[5] After her honeymoon, she returned to the German Confederation where she lived until her death in 1872.[3] The prince had no actual domain as the principality had been mediatised to Württemberg in 1806.[citation needed] The couple lived in the large and uncomfortable Schloss Langenburg.[3] Feodora maintained a lifelong correspondence with her sister, and was granted an allowance of £300 whenever she could visit England.[6]

Sculpture on the tomb of Princess Feodora of Leiningen

Feodora's youngest daughter, the Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen, died in early 1872 of scarlet fever,[7] and Feodora herself died later that year.


Feodora and Ernest had three sons and three daughters:

Name Birth Death Age Notes
Carl Ludwig II Wilhelm Leopold, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg 25 October 1829 16 May 1907 77 years Succeeded his father on 12 April 1860, but abdicated his rights only nine days later (on 21 April) in order to make a morganatic marriage.
Princess Elise of Hohenlohe-Langenburg 8 November 1830 27 February 1850 19 years
Hermann Ernst Franz Bernhard VI, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg 31 August 1832 8 March 1913 80 years Married to Princess Leopoldine of Baden
Prince Victor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg 11 December 1833 31 December 1891 58 years Settled in Great Britain and made a morganatic marriage.
Princess Adelheid of Hohenlohe-Langenburg 20 July 1835 25 January 1900 64 years Married to Frederick VIII, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein; had issue including Augusta Victoria, empress consort of Germany.
Princess Feodora Victoria Adelheid of Hohenlohe-Langeburg 7 July 1839 10 February 1872 32 years Married to George II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen




  1. ^ Hibbert 2000, pp. 9–10.
  2. ^ Gill 2009, p. 34.
  3. ^ a b c d Hibbert 2000, p. 22.
  4. ^ Gill 2009, p. 51.
  5. ^ Vallone 2001, p. 9.
  6. ^ Hibbert 2000, p. 58.
  7. ^ Pakula 1997, p. 296.


  • 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.