Alexandra, Princess of Leiningen

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Princess Alexandra
Princess of Leiningen
Born (1959-02-18) 18 February 1959 (age 60)
Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Spouse
IssueFerdinand, Hereditary Prince of Leiningen
Princess Olga
Prince Hermann
Full name
Alexandra Irene Margaretha Elisabeth Bathildis
HouseHanover
FatherErnest Augustus, Prince of Hanover
MotherPrincess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

Princess Alexandra of Hanover[1][2][3][4] (German: Alexandra Irene Margaretha Elisabeth Bathildis, Prinzessin von Hannover), Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Princess of Leiningen (born 18 February 1959), is the wife of Andreas, 8th Prince of Leiningen.

Born in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany, Alexandra is the youngest daughter of Ernest Augustus, Prince of Hanover (1914–1987), and his wife, Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (1925–1980).[5] Her eldest brother is Ernst August, Prince of Hanover, current head of the House of Hanover and her sister-in-law is Princess Caroline of Monaco.[6]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Alexandra married Andreas on 5 October 1981 at Amorbach, Germany, in a civil marriage. They were remarried six days later in a religious ceremony at Gmunden-am-Traunsee, Upper Austria, Austria.

In 1997 this marriage was cited as the most recent example of intra-marriage among the descendants of Queen Victoria and King Christian IX.[3] Alexandra was loaned a tiara, an heirloom of the House of Welf, by her cousin Elizabeth II for the wedding.[3] Alexandra and Andrea have three children:

  • Ferdinand Heinrich Emich Christian Karl, Hereditary Prince of Leiningen (b. 8 August 1982). He married (civil) Princess Viktoria-Luise of Prussia (1982) (granddaughter of Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia) on 29 April 2017 and religious on 16 September 2017.
  • Princess Olga Margarita Valerie Elisabeth Stephanie Alexandra of Leiningen (b. 23 October 1984).
  • Prince Hermann Ernst Johann Albrecht Paul of Leiningen (b. 13 September 1987) he married (civil) Isabelle Heubach (1989) on 25 March 2017 and religious on 1 July 2017.

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 18 February 1959 – 5 October 1981: Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Hanover[2]
  • 5 October 1981 – 24 May 1991: Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Leiningen, Princess of Hanover
  • 24 May 1991 – 30 October 1991: Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, The Hereditary Princess of Leiningen, Princess of Hanover
  • 30 October 1991 – present: Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, The Princess of Leiningen, Princess of Hanover[4]

In addition, members of her birth family bear the style Prince/Princess of Great Britain and Ireland pursuant to a 1931 declaration by the Head of House Hanover,[4] in contravention of British Letters Patent of 1917 which restricted the princely title to children and grandchildren of British sovereigns.

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ In 1919 royalty and nobility were mandated to lose their privileges in Germany, hereditary titles were to be legally borne thereafter only as part of the surname, according to Article 109 of the Weimar Constitution. Styles such as majesty and highness were not retained.
  2. ^ a b Montgomery-Massinberd, Hugh (1972). Burke's Guide to the Royal Family. London: Burke's Peerage, Ltd. pp. 290, 297. ISBN 0-220-66222-3.
  3. ^ a b c Eilers, Marlene. Queen Victoria's Descendants. Rosvall Royal Books, Falkoping, Sweden, 1997. pp. 23, 84, 129. ISBN 91-630-5964-9
  4. ^ a b c de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, pp. 60-61, 69. (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  5. ^ "Alexandra Irene Margaretha Elisabeth Bathildis Prinzessin von Hannover". The Peerage. 24 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Ernst August Prinz von Hannover". The Peerage. 24 March 2011.
Alexandra, Princess of Leiningen
Cadet branch of the House of Welf
Born: 18 February 1959
British royalty
Preceded by
Princess Olga of Hanover
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Victoria, Princess Royal, daughter of Queen Victoria
Succeeded by
Princess Saskia, Mrs. Hooper