Monday, March 11, 2013

A Duchess in Bankruptcy

March 13, 1927

Duchess Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein has been declared bankrupt, according to the Associated Press.  The impoverished duchess is the widow of Duke Ernst Gunther of Schleswig-Holstein, brother of the late German Empress Auguste Viktoria.

She is the only daughter of the late Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and Princess Louise of Belgium, eldest daughter of King Leopold II.

The marriage between Princess Dorothea and Duke Ernst Gunther took place in Coburg on August 2, 1898.  The marriage was considered controversial as the Roman Catholic princess did not receive permission from the Church to marry Duke Ernst, a Lutheran.

The couple did not have any children.  Ernst Gunther died in 1921.

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