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Andreas, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Andreas
Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
The Prince at the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden, June 2013
Head of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Tenure 23 January 1998 – present
Predecessor Prince Friedrich Josias
Heir-Apparent Prince Hubertus
Born (1943-03-21) 21 March 1943
Schloss Casel, Lower Lusatia, Germany
Spouse Carin Dabelstein (m. 1971)
Issue Princess Stephanie
Prince Hubertus
Prince Alexander
House House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Father Friedrich Josias, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Mother Countess Viktoria-Luise of Solms-Baruth
Ducal Family of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
  • HH The Prince
    HH The Princess
    • HH The Hereditary Prince
      HH The Hereditary Princess
      • HH Prince Philipp
      • HH Princess Katharina
    • HH Princess Stephanie
    • HH Prince Alexander
  • HH Princess Claudia, Mrs. Schäfer
  • HH Princess Beatrice Charlotte of Saxe-Meiningen

Andreas, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke of Saxony (given names: Andreas Michael Friedrich Hans Armin Siegfried Hubertus; born 21 March 1943) has been the head of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha since 1998. He is the grandson of Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the last ruling duke. He is styled as His Highness.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Head of the house 2
  • Marriage 3
  • Ancestry 4
  • Notes 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Prince Andreas was born at Schloss Casel in Lower Lusatia to Friedrich Josias, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and the former Countess Viktoria-Luise of Solms-Baruth, his parents divorced in 1946. In 1949 he moved to New Orleans in the United States where he spent his childhood with his mother and her second husband, Richard Whitten.[1]

Prince Andreas became heir-apparent to the headship of the ducal house on 6 March 1954, when his father became the head. From the age of 16 he made regular visits to Germany in preparation for his future role as head of the ducal house, permanently returning in 1965. He completed his military service between 1966 and 1968 in the Armoured Reconnaissance Battalion 6 based in Eutin, Schleswig-Holstein.[2] After leaving the army he trained as a timber merchant in Hamburg from 1969 to 1971.

Head of the house

Prince Andreas succeeded to the Headship on his father's death on 23 January 1998.[3] Prince Andreas is not the heir to his grandfather's suspended British title Duke of Albany. Instead, Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha would inherit the dukedom as heir-male of the last Duke of Albany through his grandfather Johann Leopold, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.[4] Johann Leopold was the eldest son of the former Duke of Albany, but by marrying unequally had to renounce his dynastic rights to Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

In 2006, Prince Andreas created the Ducal Saxe-Coburg and Gotha House Order, which is based on the extinct Ducal Saxe-Ernestine House Order. Prince Andreas has both German and British nationality and is a first cousin of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. He is the godfather of the king's youngest daughter Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland.

Prince Andreas is the owner of Callenberg Castle in Coburg and Greinburg Castle in Grein, Austria. He manages the family estates including farms, forests and real estate.[5]

Marriage

In Hubertus Michael, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (b. Hamburg, 16 September 1975), the heir-apparent to the Headship.

  • Prince Alexander Philip of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (b. Coburg, 4 May 1977).
  • Ancestry

    Styles of
    Andreas, Prince of
    Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
    Reference style His Highness
    Spoken style Your Highness
    Alternative style Sir

    Notes

    1. ^ Official family website
    2. ^ Official family website
    3. ^ Official family website
    4. ^ HGSachsen-CG at heraldica.org
    5. ^ Official family website
    6. ^ Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels

    External links

    • Official Website of the Ducal House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
    • Callenberg Castle website
    Andreas, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
    Cadet branch of the House of Wettin
    Born: 21 March 1943
    Titles in pretence
    Preceded by
    Friedrich Josias
    — TITULAR —
    Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
    23 January 1998 – present
    Reason for succession failure:
    Duchy abolished in 1918
    Incumbent
    Heir:
    Hubertus
    Lines of succession
    Preceded by
    Renate Bracker
    Line of succession to the British throne
    descended from Leopold, son of Victoria
    Succeeded by
    The Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
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