Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Charles Edward
Duke of Albany
Duke Charles Edward of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.jpg
The Duke c. 1905
Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Reign30 July 1900 – 14 November 1918
SuccessorMonarchy abolished
RegentErnst, Hereditary Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1900–1905)
BornPrince Charles Edward, Duke of Albany
(1884-07-19)19 July 1884
Claremont House, Surrey, England
Died6 March 1954(1954-03-06) (aged 69)
Coburg, West Germany (now Germany)
near Schloss Callenberg, Germany
(m. 1905)
Leopold Charles Edward George Albert
German: Leopold Carl Eduard Georg Albert
HouseSaxe-Coburg and Gotha
FatherPrince Leopold, Duke of Albany
MotherPrincess Helen of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Military career
Years of service1904–1918, 1933–1945
Unit1st Foot Guards
National Socialist Flyers Corps
  • World War I
  • World War II

Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Leopold Charles Edward George Albert, German: Leopold Carl Eduard Georg Albert; 19 July 1884 – 6 March 1954) was the last sovereign duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, from 30 July 1900 until 1918. A male-line grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, he was also until 1919 a Prince of the United Kingdom and from birth held the British titles of Duke of Albany, Earl of Clarence and Baron Arklow.[1]

Charles Edward spent his childhood years in the United Kingdom but was sent to Germany in his mid-teens, and received the final years of his education there, after in 1900 unexpectedly inheriting the throne of the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in the German Empire, due to the early deaths of his cousin Alfred, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and his uncle Duke Alfred. He took full responsibility for the role in 1905. His style of governance was considered to be loyal to the emperor and somewhat autocratic. He also supported art, science and local industry.

During the First World War, Charles Edward's support for his adoptive country led to him being viewed with increased hostility in Britain and ultimately losing his British titles, while in Germany, the end of the Empire led to the loss of his constitutional position. After this, he drifted towards far-right politics, and later became involved in the Nazi regime. After World War II, fined by a Denazification court, losing ownership of land in the Soviet occupation zone of Germany (later East Germany), Charles Edward died in poverty in Coburg, which by then was part of Bavaria in West Germany, in 1954.

Early life in Britain

Prince Charles Edward was born at Claremont House near Esher, Surrey. His father was Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, the eighth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. His mother was Princess Helen of Waldeck and Pyrmont, the fourth daughter of George Victor of Waldeck and Pyrmont and of his first wife Princess Helena of Nassau.[2] As his father had died before his birth, Prince Charles Edward succeeded to his titles at birth and was styled His Royal Highness the Duke of Albany.

After falling ill, the young Royal duke was baptised privately at Claremont on 4 August 1884, two weeks after his birth, and publicly in Esher Parish Church on 4 December 1884 four months later. His godparents were Queen Victoria (his paternal grandmother), the Prince of Wales (his paternal uncle), Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein and the Marchioness of Lorne (his paternal aunts), Princess Frederica of Hanover (his father's second cousin), Alexis, Prince of Bentheim and Steinfurt (his uncle, who was unable to attend the event) and George Victor, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont (his maternal grandfather, who also could not attend).[3]

Charles Edward was educated as a Prince of the United Kingdom for his first 15 years.[2] As a grandson of Queen Victoria, the Duke was a first cousin of George V and of several European royal figures: Queen Maud of Norway, Grand Duke Ernest Louis of Hesse, Empress Alexandra of Russia, Queen Marie of Romania, Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden, Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain, Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany, Queen Sophia of the Hellenes, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, and Josias, Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont (the last two through his mother). Such was the interest Wilhelm II showed in his young cousin's upbringing that Charles Edward was known among the Imperial Court as "the Emperor's seventh son".[4] His mother drummed into him endlessly the importance of "becoming a good man, so you bring no shame on Papa's name".[5]

His education began under the tutelage of Miss Potts at Claremont; he then went to two prep schools, firstly at Sandroyd School, and then "at Lyndhurst under the care of Mr W. F. Rawnsley, which was a very happy period of Charlie's life."[6] After Lyndhurst, he went to Eton, where he was in Arthur Benson's House.[6]

Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Charles Edward pictured soon after arriving in Germany

In 1899, the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, urged by Kaiser Wilhelm II, decided on how to deal with the succession of Duke Alfred, who was in ill health. His only son, Prince Alfred ("Young Affie"), had died in February 1899. Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, the Queen's third son, was serving in the British army, causing Wilhelm II to oppose him as a ruling prince of Germany. His son, Prince Arthur of Connaught, had been at Eton with Charles Edward. Wilhelm II demanded a German education for the boy, but this was unacceptable to the Duke of Connaught. Thus young Arthur also renounced his claims to the Duchy. Next in line was sixteen-year-old Charles Edward, who consequently inherited the ducal throne of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha when his uncle Alfred died at the age of 55 in July 1900.[2][7]

His sister Alice wrote: "It was a very great heartbreak for my mother that my brother had to succeed to Coburg. 'I have always tried to bring Charlie up as a good Englishman,' she once said, 'and now I have to turn him into a good German.'"[8] Though she had previously hoped he would have an Oxford education,[9] the Dowager Duchess of Albany "reluctantly"[8] decided that "Charlie should accept – and he was too young to resist."[8]

With his mother and sister, Charles Edward moved to Germany, although he spoke no German. Following an education plan by Wilhelm II, he attended the Preußische Hauptkadettenanstalt (Prussian Central Cadet Institute) at Lichterfelde, studied at Bonn University[10] and became a member of Corps Borussia Bonn. He also joined the 1st Garderegiment zu Fuß at Potsdam and spent some time at the German court in Berlin.[2][7] His uncle, King Edward VII, made him a Knight of the Garter on 15 July 1902, just prior to his 18th birthday.

From 1900 to 1905, Charles Edward reigned through the regency of Ernst, Hereditary Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, the husband of Duke Alfred's third daughter Alexandra. The regent acted under the strict guidance of Emperor Wilhelm II.

Upon coming of age on 19 July 1905, Charles Edward assumed full constitutional powers. He proved loyal to the Emperor and was deemed a constitutionally-minded prince. However, he soon deviated from his early liberal views and gave in to autocratic impulses, also becoming dependent on advisers at his two courts at Gotha and Coburg, between which political differences and rivalries had developed. He liberally supported the court theatres in both towns. Taking an interest in Zeppelin and aeroplane technology, Charles Edward supported the newly created aircraft industry at Gotha (see Gothaer Waggonfabrik). Like all Dukes of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, he divided his time between the two towns. Among his Schloss Friedenstein, Ehrenburg Palace, and Schloss Callenberg residences, he favoured the last. He also took great interest in the renovation of Veste Coburg, which had been abandoned as a ducal residence in the 17th century. This work, which strained the ducal finances, lasted from 1908 until 1924.[2]

The Duke was not without sympathy for his native United Kingdom, visiting often and remaining on good terms with the British royal family.[9] World War I caused a conflict of loyalties for Charles Edward, but he finally decided to support the German Empire. He broke off relations with his family at the British and Belgian courts; this did not suffice to overcome doubts about his loyalties in Germany. Charles Edward served on the staff of an infantry division of the German army at the beginning of the war, fighting Russians in East Prussia.[10] In 1915, he had to stop due to rheumatism. Although he never held a command, he visited both the western and eastern fronts numerous times. Soldiers from his duchies were awarded the Carl-Eduard-Kriegskreuz.[2][7] In 1917, a law change in Coburg effectively banned Charles Edward's British relatives from succeeding him.[7] In Britain, he was denounced as a traitor.[9] In 1915, King George V, his cousin, ordered his name removed from the register of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.[11]

Weimar Republic

The Russian Revolution of 1917 caused Charles much concern, and he watched anxiously during the ensuing power struggles between the left- and right-wing parties in Germany. On the morning of 9 November 1918, during the German Revolution, the Workers' and Soldiers' Council of Gotha declared him deposed. On 11 November, his abdication was demanded in Coburg. Only on 14 November, later than most other ruling princes, did he formally announce that he had "ceased to rule" in both Gotha and Coburg. He did not explicitly renounce his throne,[2] but no longer had a right to rule.[12][13] The following year, he also lost his British titles, though some personal sympathy remained for him among the political establishment in the United Kingdom, due to the way German nationality had been forced on him as a teenager.[9]

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Charles Edward in 1933, as SA-Gruppenführer

Effectively exiled from the UK, and fearful of the communist threat, Charles Edward started looking for a new political home. He also worked towards the restoration of the monarchy, thus supporting the nationalistic-conservative and völkisch right.[14][2]

In 1919, his properties and collections in Coburg were transferred to the Coburger Landesstiftung, a foundation that still exists today. A similar solution for Gotha took longer, and only after legal struggles with the Free State of Thuringia was it set up in 1928–34. The Gotha foundation was expropriated by the Soviet authorities after 1945.[2] After 1919, the family retained Schloss Callenberg, some other properties (including those in Austria), and a right to live at Veste Coburg. It also received substantial financial compensation for lost possessions. Some additional real estate in Thuringia was restored to the ducal family in 1925.[7]

Now a private citizen,[15] Charles Edward became associated with various right-wing paramilitary and political organisations. He supported Hermann Ehrhardt, both morally and financially, after the Freikorps' commander's participation in the failed Kapp Putsch.

Charles Edward met Adolf Hitler for the first time on 14 October 1922, at the Nazis' second Deutscher Tag held at Coburg. In 1923, he joined the Bund Wiking as Oberbereichsleiter in Thuringia. When the Wiking joined Der Stahlhelm, Charles Edward became a member of the Stahlhelm's national board.[2][7]

In 1932, Charles Edward's daughter Sibylla married Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, the eldest son of the Crown Prince of Sweden and second-in-line to the Swedish throne. The marriage meant that Sibylla would, in the normal course, become Queen of Sweden. The engagement was announced on 16 June 1932 and the wedding was celebrated on 19 October 1932. That same year, Charles Edward took part in the creation of the Harzburg Front, through which the German National People's Party became associated with the Nazi Party. He also publicly called on voters to support Hitler in the presidential election of 1932.[16]

Nazi Germany

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Charles Edward (left) meeting the British Ambassador to Germany, Sir Nevile Henderson, in 1939. He had been at Eton with Henderson and this photograph may have been taken at a meeting of the Anglo-German Fellowship that Henderson addressed in May 1937, shortly after his appointment as British Ambassador.[17]

Charles Edward formally joined the Nazi Party in March 1933, and that same year, became a member of the SA (Brownshirts), rising to the rank of Obergruppenführer by 1936.[16] From 1936 to 1945, he served as a member of the Reichstag, representing the Nazi Party, and was president of the German Red Cross from December 1933 to 1945. By the time he took over the position, the German Red Cross had already been placed under the Nazis' control.[2][7]

In 1934, Charles Edward visited Japan, where he attended a conference on the protection of civilians during war, and delivered Hitler's birthday greeting to Emperor Hirohito.[7] By 1936, he had agreed to be a spy for Hitler while attending the funeral of his first cousin George V at Sandringham,[18] but he was unreliable, according to a historian, "telling them what they wanted to hear".[19] Records indicate that Charles Edward received a monthly payment from the Führer of 4,000 Reichsmark (worth about £16,000 in 2015).[20] Hitler sent Charles Edward to Britain as president of the Anglo-German Friendship Society. His mission was to improve Anglo-German relations and explore the possibility of a pact between the two countries. He attended George V's funeral as Hitler's representative,[21] in an SA uniform, complete with metal helmet,[22] his British uniforms having been taken away when he was stripped of his British titles.[23]

The Prince sent Hitler encouraging reports about the strength of pro-German sentiment among the British aristocracy and about the possibility of a Britain-Germany pact.[24] Hitler also used him to encourage the pro-Nazi sentiments of the Duke of Windsor and his wife.[25] "Carl Edward's British network was very useful for Hitler," according to the German historian Karina Urbach.[20] However, other academics have argued that Charles Edward's advocacy had little success, and that he failed to understand the degree to which the people he had grown up around now saw him as a foreigner.[9]

Urbach also said she found evidence of Charles Edward donating generously to the Nazi party for years, financing political murders and being aware of the death camps in Buchenwald.[26] In 1945, the Führer ordered that he not be allowed to be captured because of the great deal of inside information that he possessed.[20] According to The Guardian, he was aware of the death camps' work, and the programme that killed more than 100,000 disabled people in Germany, Austria, and other German-occupied territories from 1940 onwards.[10]

In 1940, Charles Edward travelled via Moscow and Japan to the US, where he met President Roosevelt at the White House. In 1943, at Hitler's behest, Charles Edward asked the International Red Cross to investigate the Katyn massacre.[7] Although Charles Edward was too old for active service during World War II, his three sons served in the Wehrmacht.[12] His second son, Hubertus, was killed in action in 1943 in a plane crash on the Eastern Front near Mosty.

Aftermath of World War II

When World War II ended, the American Military Government in Bavaria, under the command of General George S. Patton, placed Charles Edward under house arrest at his family's vast Veste Coburg, because of his Nazi sympathies.[27]

Charles Edward was later imprisoned with other Nazi officials. His sister, Princess Alice, learning of his incarceration, came to Germany with her husband, the Earl of Athlone (then Governor General of Canada), to plead with his American captors for his release. They dined with the American generals holding her brother, who declined to release him.

Charles Edward was imprisoned until 1946, and was originally charged with crimes against humanity. Although exonerated of complicity in war crimes, he was judged to have been "an important Nazi". In 1950 (or August 1949, according to his Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entry), and after several appeals, Charles Edward was found by a denazification court to be a Mitläufer and Minderbelasteter (roughly translated as: follower and follower of lesser guilt).[7]

Charles Edward also lost significant property as a result of his participation in World War II. Gotha was part of Thuringia, and therefore situated in the Soviet occupation zone. The Soviet Army confiscated much of the family's property in Gotha. However, Coburg had become part of Bavaria in 1920, and was occupied by American forces. The family was able to retain substantial property there, in other parts of Germany, and abroad.

In April 1946, his daughter Sibylla gave birth to a son, the future Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, who became, upon birth, third in the line of succession to the Swedish throne. In January 1947, Sybilla's husband died in a plane crash, and in October 1950, Gustaf V of Sweden died, at which point Charles Edward's grandson became the Crown Prince of Sweden, who later became King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Late life and death

Burial site near Schloss Callenberg

Charles Edward spent the last years of his life in seclusion, forced into poverty by the fines he had been required to pay by the denazification tribunal,[28] and the seizure of much of his property by the Soviets.[24][29] In 1953, he viewed the coronation of his cousin's granddaughter, Elizabeth II, in a local cinema.[5]

Charles Edward died of cancer in his flat in Elsässer Straße, Coburg, on 6 March 1954, at the age of 69,[29] a "penniless criminal", according to one report.[10] He was the penultimate ruling prince of the German Empire to die; only Ernst II of Saxe-Altenburg outlived him – see (in German) List of Princes of the German Empire. He is buried at the Waldfriedhof Cemetery (Waldfriedhof Beiersdorf) near Schloss Callenberg, in Beiersdorf near Coburg.

Marriage and family

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The Duke and Duchess of Coburg-Gotha with their four eldest children in 1918

Wilhelm II chose Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein, the niece of his wife, Empress Augusta Victoria, as the bride of Charles Edward, who was her first cousin. She was the eldest daughter of Friedrich Ferdinand, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, and Princess Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg. They married on 11 October 1905, at Glücksburg Castle, Schleswig-Holstein, and had five children,[2] including Sibylla, the mother of Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Charles Edward's younger daughter, Princess Caroline Mathilde, claimed that her father had sexually abused her. The allegation was backed by one of her brothers.[30]

Honours and arms

Orders and decorations


Coat of arms of Charles Edward

Charles Edward was never granted arms in the United Kingdom. In addition, he did not inherit the arms of his father, since royal arms, as a differenced version of Arms of a Dominion, are granted individually and not inherited. On his accession as Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, he used the arms of that duchy, both the greater and lesser versions.

One variant that he used was a shield of the arms of Saxony, with a differenced version of the arms of the United Kingdom, charged with the label borne by his father on his father's arms (essentially, the arms of his father in reverse).[44] This was similar to the arms borne by his uncle, Alfred, as Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, which can be seen on his stall plate as a Knight of the Swedish Order of the Seraphim.[45]

In the media

In December 2007, Britain's Channel 4 aired an hour-length documentary about Charles Edward called Hitler's Favourite Royal,[10] including re-coloured original footage and photos from all stages of his private and public life, his troubled conversion to the National Socialist regime, and other aspects.[46] Various international historians commented on the events and issues revolving around his life, reminding the public of his existence and reviving public debate.[47]


Johann Leopold, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha2 August
4 May
(1) unequally, renouncing his rights to the headship of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, 9 March 1932, Baroness Feodora von der Horst; divorced 1962; had issue
(2), 5 May 1963, Maria Theresia Reindl; no issue
Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha18 January
28 November
20 October 1932, Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, Duke of Västerbotten, and had issue, including Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha24 August
26 November
killed near Mosty, no children
Princess Caroline Mathilde of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha22 June
5 September
married Friedrich Wolfgang Otto, Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen (27 June 1906 – 11 June 1940) on 14 December 1931, divorced on 2 May 1938, and had issue.

She married Flight Captain Max Schnirring (20 May 1895 – 7 July 1944) on 22 June 1938, and had issue.

She married Karl Otto Andree (10 February 1912 – 1984) on 23 December 1946 and divorced on 10 October 1949.

Friedrich Josias, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha29 November
23 January
(1), 25 January 1942, Countess Viktoria-Luise of Solms-Baruth; divorced 19 September 1947; had issue
(2), 14 February 1948, Denyse Henrietta von Muralt; divorced 17 September 1964; had issue
(3), 30 October 1964, Katrin Bremme; no issue


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Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom from 1837 to 1952 used by Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII and George VI.

Quarterly, First and Fourth Gules three lions passant guardant in pale Or armed and langued Azure (for England), Second quarter Or a lion rampant within a double tressure flory counter-flory Gules (for Scotland), Third quarter Azure a harp Or stringed Argent (for Ireland), the whole surrounded by the Garter; for a Crest, upon the Royal helm the imperial crown Proper, thereon a lion statant guardant Or imperially crowned Proper; Mantling Or and ermine; for Supporters, dexter a lion rampant guardant Or crowned as the Crest, sinister a unicorn Argent armed, crined and unguled Proper, gorged with a coronet Or composed of crosses patée and fleurs de lys a chain affixed thereto passing between the forelegs and reflexed over the back also Or; Motto 'Dieu et mon Droit' in the compartment below the shield, with the Union rose, shamrock and thistle engrafted on the same stem.
  • PINCHES, J.H & R.V., The Royal Heraldry of England, 1974, Heraldry Today.
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-2007-1022-501, Jehresfest der Deustch-Englischen Gesellschaft.jpg
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For documentary purposes the German Federal Archive often retained the original image captions, which may be erroneous, biased, obsolete or politically extreme. Info non-talk.svg
Jahresfest der Deutsch-Englischen Gesellschaft

Jahresfest der Deutsch-Englischen Gesellschaft im Haus der Flieger. Herzog von Coburg begrüßt den Botschafter Henderson. Mitte: der Vorsitzende der Deutsch-Englischen Gesellschaft Direktor Lehnkering

Abgebildete Personen:

  • Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha, Karl-Eduard von: 1884-1954, Herzog, Präsident des Deutschen Roten Kreuzes, Deutschland
  • Henderson, Neville: Botschafter in Argentinien, Botschafter in Deutschland, Großbritannien
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Flag of Bavaria (striped)
Karl-Eduard von Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha.jpg
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Karl-Eduard von Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
Flagge Königreich Sachsen (1815-1918).svg
Flag of the Kingdom of Saxony; Ratio (2:3)
Flag of Hungary (1896-1915; angels).svg
A variant of the flag of the Kingdom of Hungary used between 12 January 1896 to 6 November 1915.
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-R14326, Karl-Eduard von Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha, Familie.jpg
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Karl-Eduard von Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha, Familie

Scherl Bilderdienst Der Herzog Karl Eduard von Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha mit seiner Familie. von links nach rechts: Prinz Hubertus, Herzogin Viktoria Adelheid, Prinzessin Sibylle, Prinzesssin Karoline Mathilde, Herzog Karl Eduard, Erbprinz Johann Leopold

Abgebildete Personen:

  • Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha, Karl-Eduard von: 1884-1954, Herzog, Präsident des Deutschen Roten Kreuzes, Deutschland
Schloss Callenberg, Friedhof des Hauses Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha.jpg
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Callenberger Forst bei Coburg (Germany, Bavaria): Friedhof des Hauses Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha bei Schloss Callenberg
Flag of Saxe-Altenburg (1893-1918).svg
Author/Creator: Sir Iain, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
Flag of Saxe-Altenburg between 1893 and 1918.