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For the wife of William IV of the United Kingdom, see Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen.

Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen
Princess Adalbert of Prussia
Adelheid in 1914, the year of her marriage.
Spouse Prince Adalbert of Prussia
Princess Victoria Marina
Princess Victoria Marina
Prince Wilhelm Victor
Full name
German: Adelheid Erna Karoline Marie Elisabeth
House House of Saxe-Meiningen (by birth)
House of Hohenzollern (by marriage)
Father Prince Friedrich Johann of Saxe-Meiningen
Mother Countess Adelaide of Lippe-Biesterfeld
Born 16 August 1891(1891-08-16)
Died 25 April 1971 (aged 79)
La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland

Princess Adelaide Erna Caroline Marie Elisabeth of Saxe-Meiningen (16 August 1891 - 25 April 1971) was a daughter of Prince Friedrich Johann of Saxe-Meiningen and his wife Countess Adelaide of Lippe-Biesterfeld.[1]



Adelheid's father Prince Friedrich was a younger son of Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen by his second wife Feodora of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. She had five siblings, including Georg, Prince of Saxe-Meiningen, a POW killed during WWII, and Bernhard, Prince of Saxe-Meiningen.

Adelheid's mother Adelheid was the eldest child of Ernst, Count of Lippe-Biesterfeld, who was the Regent of the principality of Lippe for seven years (1897-1904).


On 3 August 1914 (during the beginning of WWI), Adelheid married Prince Adalbert of Prussia at Wilhelmshaven, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.[1] He was a younger son of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. Adelheid's father would die within a month, on 23 August 1914. Less than a month after their marriage, Prince Adalbert was reported to have been killed in battle in Brussels.[2] This was only a rumor however, and the Prince had been unharmed. In March 1915, he was promoted to Captain in the navy and Major in the army.[2]

She and Prince Adalbert had three children:

  • Princess Victoria Marina, stillborn daughter (4 September 1915).
  • Princess Victoria Marina of Prussia (11 September 1917 – 21 January 1981) who married an American lawyer and had issue.
  • Prince Wilhelm Victor of Prussia (15 February 1919 – 7 February 1989) who married at Donaueschingen 20 July 1944 Countess Marie Antoinette Hoyos (27 June 1920 – Marbella 1 March 2004).

Their first daughter Victoria Marina died soon after birth, although Adelaide was reported to have been in "satisfactory condition".[2]

Later life

After Wilhelm II abdicated in 1918 at the end of World War I, Prince Adalbert sought refuge on his yacht, which had been maintained by a loyal crew.[3] Princess Adelheid and their children soon attempted to follow, traveling by train from Kiel. They were delayed however, and eventually came to be staying in Southern Bavaria with Prince Heinrich of Bavaria (a grandson of Ludwig III of Bavaria) and his wife.[3] She and Prince Adalbert were later reunited.

Princess Adelheid died on 25 April 1971 in La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland. Her husband had died twenty-three years earlier, on 22 September 1948 at the same location.





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