Today in History - April 2nd. 1826 - Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen

April 2nd. 1826 marks the birth of Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen.
His parents had been Bernhard II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen and
Princess Marie Frederica of Hesse-Kassel.

George II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen - Source picture: Wikipedia

On May 18th. 1850 Georg married Princess Charlotte Frederica of Prussia.
Her parents were Prince Albert of Prussia and Princess Marianne of
The Netherlands.They would have 4 children.

Their marriage was a real love match. One of the wedding gifts was the
glorious villa on the Lake Como from their mother Marianne but they
would live in Berlin.

In 1855 faith strikes. First their second son Georg died and
Charlotte followed a few months later.

In 1858 Georg married his second cousin Princess Feodora of
Hohenlohe-Langenburg. She was a niece of Queen Victoria through her
mother Princess Feodora who was the half sister of Queen Victoria.
Georg and Feodora would have 3 sons.

In 1872 Feodora had scarlet fever and she died of it. One year later Georg
married with a former actress Ellen Franz. This marriage angered
Emperor William I.

Later Georg discovered his love for theater. He even became a producer.
He was fond of hunting and traveling and collected antiques and manuscripts.
He died on June 25th. 1914 at the age of 88.
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