Monday, December 12, 2011

Royal engagement: Bavaria-Saxe-Coburg

December 12, 1899

Princess Mathilde of Bavaria is betrothed to Prince August of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, according to a New York Times dispatch.  The engagement was announced today.

Princess Mathilde Marie Theresia Henriette Christine Luitpolda was born on August 17, 1877.  She is the sixth child of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Archduchess Marie Therese of Austria.   Her grandfather, Luitpold in the Prince Regent for King Otto who suffers from mental illness.

It should be noted that the New York Times erred in the name of the princess
 fiancee.  She was engaged to Prince Ludwig  Gaston Clemens of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who was the fourth child of Prince Ludwig of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Princess Leopoldina of Brazil.  Prince August is Ludwig's older brother. He was married in 1894 to Archduchess Karoline of Austria.

Prince Ludwig is seven years older than his future wife.  A date for the wedding was not announced.

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