Thursday, March 15, 2012

Alexander Zoubkhoff ordered to leave Germany

March 15, 1928

Alexander Zoubkhoff, the "youthful adventurous husband" of Princess Victoria of Schaumburg-Lippe, has been ordered to leave Germany, according to the New York Times.

Zoubkhoff was fined 500 marks for failing to obey passport regulations for foreigners, and the Governor of the Rhineland has ordered his departure from Germany.

Princess Victoria, who lose her German citizenship when she married Zoubkhoff, is not included in the decree as "the police have no charges against her."

The Cologne Tageblatt is reporting that the order cannot be enforced as "the Russian exile" has already left the country, and is said to be en route to the Congo "with a view of recovering from troubles arising from nerve exhaustion.

This decree is seen as a "triumph" for the ruling house of Hohenzollern "since by this means they get rid of an apparently undesirable relative.  Princess Victoria is a younger sister of former Kaiser Wilhelm II.  She is the widow of Prince Adolf of Schaumburg-Lippe.

Princess Victoria is said to be "living quietly" at her villa in Bonn, but "regretting the absence" of her husband.  They were married four months ago.

According to an Associated Press dispatch, Subkhoff left the Schaumburg palace in Bonn yesterday, for Belgium.  It is understood that it was his "intention to arrange passage to the Belgian Congo State," where his uncle, a citizen of Sweden, has a large estate on the Congo river.

Neither he nor his wife were officially informed by the police of the expulsion decree.  He could return to Germany and remain for two weeks, when the "expulsion degree would become effective."

Princess Victoria refused to accept that her husband has been ordered out of the country.  She declared it was "an infamous life," and denied that her husband had "fled secretly."

She also denied that she was seeking a divorce.  "We are perfectly happy together.  Our only desire is to be left alone."

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