Today in History - July 15th. 1750 - Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

Franz Frederick Anton was born on July 15th. 1750 in Coburg.


Francis, as 'Erbprinz' - Source picture: Wikipedia


On March 6th. 1776 he married Princess Sophie of Saxe-Hildburghausen, she
died only seven months after her wedding. They had no children.

On June 13th. 1777 Francis married Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf und Lobenstein.
Augusta was considered as one of the most beautiful women of her time. 

They had ten children, seven of them survived childhood and some of them
played a very important role in European History. They were the parents of
inter alia:

Juliane Henriette Ulrike who married Grand Duke Constantine Pavlovich of
Russia (younger brother of Tsar Alexander I). Upon her wedding she took the
orthodox name: Anna Feodorovna.

Ernst I Anton Karl Ludwig, who was the father of Prince Albert (husband of
Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom).

Ferdinand George August became the father of Ferdinand II of Portugal, the
Duchess of Nemours and grandfather of Ferdinand I of Bulgaria.

Marie Luise Victoria became the mother of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.

Leopold Georg Christian Frederick was the first King of Belgium, his children
included inter alia King Leopold II of Belgium and Empress Carlota of Mexico.


Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld - Source picture: Wikipedia


He died on December 9th. 1806 at the age of 56.