The Princes of Langenburg

About Konrad, Ernst, Kraft & Philipp

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The surname “Hohenlohe” was first borne by Konrad, son of Konrad von Weikersheim, who was first mentioned in 1153. On 13 May 1450, Emperor Frederick III elevated the Hohenlohe dynasty to the rank of imperial counts under Kraft V.

A lengthy dispute with Landgrave Ludwig of Hesse over the title was settled in 1495; this year is regarded as the birth of the Counts of Hohenlohe. In 1764, the Counts of Hohenlohe were elevated to the status of Imperial Princes.

1970 – today

Fürst Philipp

zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg

*20.01.1970 in Crailsheim

Philipp Gottfried Alexander Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg trained as a banker and studied business administration in Munich, London and Madrid. He is on the board of the German Car Museum Association, the Baden-Württemberg Castles, Palaces and Gardens Association and on the board of the German Palaces, Castles and Gardens Association. He is committed to sustainable Hohenlohe food, is an honorary knight of the Order of St John and co-founded the Langenburg Forum for Sustainability. He sits on both the municipal council of the town of Langenburg and the local parish council.

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1973 – today

Fürstin Saskia

zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg

*15.01.1973 in München

In 2003, Hereditary Prince Philipp married Dr rer.oec. Saskia Li Binder . She studied business administration in Munich and worked as an investment banker in London. In addition to her work on the management board of Schloss Langeburg, she was also a volunteer patron of AMSEL, a member of the Society of Friends of the Schwäbisch Hall Open-Air Theatre and for a long time chairwoman of the Langenburg Primary School Support Association.
She has furnished all the flats in the Marstall and Kutscherhaus with great attention to detail and the old materials. She was instrumental in setting up and organising the Princely Garden Days at Langenburg Castle.

Fürstin Saskia

Shared children

2005

Max-Leopold

2007

Gustav

2010

Marita

1935 – 2004

Fürst Kraft

zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg

* 25.06.1935 in Schwäbisch Hall

† 16.03.2004 in Schwäbisch Hall

Kraft Alexander Ernst Ludwig Georg Emich zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg trained as a forester and banker and took over the family estate at the age of 25 after the sudden death of his father. After the castle fire, he managed the reconstruction from 1963 to 1966 and founded the German Car Museum in 1970. Fürst Kraft was a member of the Protestant state synod of Württemberg and the district council, a member of the board of the DRK district association, president of the Allgemeiner Schnauferlclub (ASC) and president of the FIVA, the world association for classic cars.

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1938 – today

Fürstin Charlotte

zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg

* 31.12.1938 in London

In 1965, Prince Kraft married Princess Charlotte Alexandra von Croÿ, an art historian, long-time representative for Germany at Christies and later board member of the Hohenloher Kunstverein. Princess Charlotte was instrumental in the reconstruction of the castle, which burnt down in 1963. After her divorce from Prince Kraft in 1993, she married Johann Freiherr von Twickel (1940-2014).

Shared children

1967 – today

Cecile

1970 – today

Philipp Gottfried Alexander

1972 – today

Xenia

1946 – today

Fürstin Irma

zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg

* 19.06.1946 in Graz

After his divorce from Princess Charlotte, Prince Kraft married the Austrian Irma Pospesch in 1992, who worked as a qualified interpreter and promoted cultural life in Langenburg through literary events as well as club and senior citizen work.

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1897 – 1960

Fürst Gottfried

zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg

* 24.03.1897 in Langenburg

† 11.05.1960 in Langenburg

Gottfried Hermann Alfred Paul Maximilian Viktor volunteered for military service in 1915, studied economics for two semesters at the University of Heidelberg in 1919 and then completed a commercial apprenticeship. From 1935, he worked in the Princely Administration, which at the time included Langenburg Castle and Weikersheim Castle.

After the Second World War, he was appointed provisional district administrator in Crailsheim by the American military government. Prince Gottfried was heavily involved in voluntary work, including with the Württemberg-Badische Genossenschaft des Johanniterordens, the Vereinigung des Adels in Württemberg, the Automobilclub Deutschland and the Evangelical Church.

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1905 – 1981

Fürstin Margarita

zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg

*18.04.1905 in Athen

† 24.04.1981 in Bad Wiessee

Gottfried married Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark in 1931. She was the granddaughter of King George I of Greece and Denmark, granddaughter of King George I of Greece and Grand Duchess Olga Konstantinovna Romanovna (niece of Tsar Alexander II) and the eldest sister of Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh.

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Shared children

1935 – 2004

Kraft Alexander

1936 – 1997

Beatrice Alice Marie Melita

1938 – 2021

Andreas Heinrich

1944 – 1978

Ruprecht Sigismund

1944 – 1992

Albrecht Wolfgang

1836 – 1950

Fürst Ernst II.

zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg

* 13.09.1863 in Langenburg

† 11.12.1950 in Langenburg

Ernst Wilhelm Friedrich Karl Maximilian studied law in Paris, Bonn, Tübingen and Leipzig. After his military service, he entered the diplomatic service and was embassy secretary in St Petersburg and London. From 1900 to 1905, he took over the regency of the Duchies of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha for Leopold, his wife’s underage nephew.

He was also head of the Colonial Department at the Foreign Office, a member and vice president of the Reichstag and special ambassador to Constantinople. Prince Ernst II devoted himself to numerous honorary posts.

1878 – 1942

Fürstin Alexandra

zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg

* 01.09.1878 auf Schloss Rosenau in Coburg

† 16.04.1942 in Schwäbisch Hall

In 1896, Ernst married Alexandra Louise Olga Victoria, Princess of Great Britain and Ireland, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Princess Alexandra was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Tsar Alexander II of Russia and a niece of the German Empress Victoria.

Shared children

1897 – 1960

Gottfried Hermann Alfred Paul Maximilian Viktor

1899 – 1967

Marie Melita Leopoldine Viktoria Feodora Alexandra

1901 – 1963

Alexandra Beatrice Leopoldine

1902 – 1986

Irma Helene

† 1911

Alfred

1832 – 1913

Fürst Hermann

zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg

* 31.08.1832 in Langenburg

† 09.03.1913 in Langenburg

Hermann Ernst Franz Bernhard was the second son of Prince Ernst I and his wife Princess Feodora. He studied law in Berlin and then joined the military. As his elder brother did not succeed him as sovereign due to his marriage to a commoner, Prince Hermann succeeded his father as 6th Prince of the House of Hohenlohe-Langenburg in 1860.

He was a member of the Reichstag, initiator of the founding of the German Colonial Association, Vice President of the First Chamber of the Württemberg Estates, co-founder of the Schwäbisch Hall social welfare organisation and Governor of Alsace-Lorraine in Strasbourg from 1894 to 1907.

1837 – 1903

Fürstin Leopoldine

zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg

* 22.02.1837 in Karlsruhe

† 23.12.1903 in Straßburg

Prince Hermann married Princess Leopoldine Wilhelmine Pauline Amalie Maximiliane von Baden in 1862. The princess was very involved in charitable work; she was a contemporary of the world-famous writer Agnes Günther and founder of the Leopoldine Association. She was awarded the Order of Olga in 1871.

Shared children

1836 – 1950

Ernst Wilhelm Friedrich Karl Maximilian

1864 – 1929

Elise

1866 – 1932

Feodora

1794 – 1860

Fürst Ernst I

zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg

* 07.07.1794 in Langenburg

† 12.04.1860 in Baden-Baden

Ernst Christian Carl zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg studied law at the universities of Tübingen and Heidelberg and joined the Württemberg military service. He represented his father in the Württemberg Assembly of Estates from 1819 until his death in 1825, after which he succeeded him.

In 1833 he became President of the Committee of the Estates, and from 1835 to 1858 he was President of the Chamber of Estates (First Chamber) of the Württemberg State Parliament.

Fürst Ernst

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1807 – 1872

Fürstin Feodora

zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg

* 07.12.1807 in Amorbach

† 23.09.1872 in Baden-Baden

In 1828, Prince Ernst I married Princess Feodora zu Leiningen. Princess Feodora was the daughter of Prince Emich Carl zu Leiningen and his second wife Princess Marie Louise Victoire of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, the older half-sister of Queen Victoria and niece of Leopold King of the Belgians.

Shared children

1829 – 1907

Karl Ludwig Wilhelm Leopold

1830 – 1850

Elise Adelheid Victorie

1832 – 1913

Hermann Ernst Franz Bernhard

1833 – 1891

Viktor Ferdinand Franz

1835 – 1900

Adelheid Victoria Amalie Louise Maria Konstanze

1839 – 1872

Feodora Victoria Adelheid

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