Alexander, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg

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Prince of Erbach-Schönberg
Born (1872-09-12)12 September 1872
Schönberg, Grand Duchy of Hesse
Died 18 October 1944(1944-10-18) (aged 72)
Bensheim, Nazi Germany
Spouse Princess Elisabeth of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Issue Princess Imma of Erbach-Schönberg
George Louis, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg
Prince William of Erbach-Schönberg
Princess Helena of Erbach-Schönberg
Full name
Alexander Louis Alfred Eberhard
House House of Erbach-Schönberg
Father Gustav, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg
Mother Princess Marie of Battenberg

Alexander, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg (German: Alexander Ludwig Alfred Eberhard, Fürst & Graf zu Erbach-Schönberg; 12 September 1872 –18 October 1944) was the 2nd Prince of Erbach-Schönberg, eldest son of Gustav, 1st Prince of Erbach-Schönberg.

Early life

Alexander was the eldest child of Gustav, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg (1840–1908), and his wife, Princess Marie of Battenberg (1852–1923), daughter of Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine and his morganatic wife Countess Julia Hauke. As a result of a morganatic marriage, his mother and her siblings were excluded from the succession of the Grand Duchy of Hesse, and bore the title Princes of Battenberg.

He was a first cousin of:

Marriage and family

Alexander married on 3 May 1900 in Arolsen, Princess Elisabeth of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1873–1961), seventh child and youngest daughter of George Victor, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont and Princess Helena of Nassau. They had four children:

  • Princess Imma of Erbach-Schönberg (11 May 1901 – 14 March 1947)
  • George Louis, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg (1 January 1903 – 27 January 1971)
  • Prince William of Erbach-Schönberg (4 June 1904 – 27 September 1946)
  • Princess Helena of Erbach-Schönberg (8 April 1907 – 16 April 1979)

Titles and styles

  • 12 September 1872 – 18 August 1903: His Illustrious Highness Count Alexander of Erbach-Schönberg
  • 18 August 1903 – 29 January 1908: His Serene Highness Prince Alexander of Erbach-Schönberg
  • 29 January 1908 – 18 October 1944: His Serene Highness The Prince of Erbach-Schönberg


Notes and sources

Alexander, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg
Cadet branch of the House of Erbach
Born: 12 September 1872 Died: 18 October 1944
German nobility
Preceded by
Prince of Erbach-Schönberg
Succeeded by
German nobility titles abolished
Titles in pretence
Loss of title — TITULAR —
Prince of Erbach-Schönberg
1919 – 1944
Reason for succession failure:
German nobility titles abolished
Succeeded by
George Louis