Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Prince and Princess of Schönburg-Waldenburg

Marlene A Eilers Koenig Collection

This postcard is from circa 1908, a formal portrait of the Prince and Princess of Schönburg-Waldenburg.

Prince Otto Viktor (1882-1914) was the son of Hereditary Prince Otto Karl Victor, who died in 1888, and Princess Lucia of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.  He was only 11 years old when he succeeded his grandfather, Otto Friedrich, as Prince of Schönburg-Waldenburg in 1893.

In 1903 Prince Viktor married Princess Eleonore of Sayn-Witttengenstein-Berleburg.  He was killed in action in September 1914. 

The couple was childless.  The title and estates passed to his younger brother, Gunther.  Viktor's sister, Princess Sophie, was the wife of Prince Wilhelm of Wied, elected as Prince of Albania.

In 1917, the widowed Princess Eleonore married Ludwig Wilhelm, Duke in Bavaria.

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