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Adelheid 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 Adelaide of Lippe-Biesterfeld
Born 16 August 1891(1891-08-16)
Died 25 April 1971 (aged 79)
La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland

Princess Adelheid Erna Karoline 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 Lippe for seven years.


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. They 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 Wilhem Victor (15 February 1919 – 7 February 1989) who married at Donaueschingen 20 July 1944 Countess Marie Antoinette Hoyos (27 June 1920 – Marbella 1 March 2004).

Later life

After Wilhelm II abdicated in 1918, Prince Adalbert sought refuge on his personal yacht that had been maintained by a loyal crew.[2] Princess Adelheid and their children soon attempted to follow, traveling by train from Kiel. They were delayed however, and eventually came to be staying with Prince Adalbert's uncle Prince Heinrich of Prussia and his family in Southern Bavaria. Prince Heinrich's wife Irene was even shot while they were fleeing.[2] She and Prince Adalbert were later reunited.

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





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