11 November 2014

Funeral of Fürst Johann-Friedrich zu Castell-Rüdenhausen

The funeral for the late Fürst Johann-Friedrich zu Castell-Rüdenhausen took place on Saturday 08.11.2014 at 12h00 at the St. Peter and Paul Church at Rüdenhausen. Already on the evening before the coffin with the late Fürst had been brought in a torchlight procession from the Castle to the Church.Erly thgat day i drove to Rüdenhausen. After arriving there i had a look into the Chruch which was still open to the Public. Inside  2 sons of the deceased where holding a Vigil near the coffin. Next to the Church a big tent had been errected where the citizens of Rüdenhausen could follow the Service which was broadcasted there. Short before the Serivce started the a procession with the sibvlings and the nephews and nieces of the late Fürst came from the Castle to the Church. At the end of the Service which lastef for about 1 hour the coffin was carried out by Hungters and  placed in a carraige which was drown by 2 horses. In a big procession the carriage was brought to the Family burial ground. Benhinmd the direct Family lead by the widowed Fürstin Maria and the new Fürstin Otto. Behind them the other chidlren and siblings and all the gueste walked the short way to the Family burial bround. There  the coffin of the late Fürst was placed in the Family Crypt. Afterwards the flag which had been placed on the coffin was handed over to the new Fürst Otto. Afterwards a reception was Held in a tent which had been erected in the Park of Rüdenhausen Castle.

Among the guests where apart from the Family:

Prince Ludwig and Princess Marianne of Baden
Prince Berthold of Baden
Fürst Albrecht and Fürstin Marie Louise zu Castell-Castell
Hereditary Count Ferdinand and Hereditary Countess Gabriele zu Castell-Castell
Count Manto and Countess Eva zu Castell-Rüdenhausen
Countess Marie zu Castell-Rüdenhausen
Countess Caroline zu Castell-Rüdenhausen
Count Juriaan zu Castell-Rüdenhausen
Countr Roderik and Coutness Liesbeth zu Castell-Rüdenhausen
Countess Clara zu Castell-Rüdenhausen
Cunt Rupert and Countess Alexandra zu Castell-Rüdenhausen
Count Karl zu Castell-Rüdenhausen
Count Hermann and Countess Henriette zu Castell-Rüdenhausen
Count Matthias and Countess Victoria zu Castell-Rüdenhausen
Count Raimund and Countess Isabelle zu Erbach-Fürstenau
Count Wolfgang Anton and Countess Mary of Faber-Castell
Princess Monika of Hannover
Fürst Philipp zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Fürst Ferdinand zu  Hohenlohe-Bartenstein
Fürst Karl Friedrich and Fürstin Katharina of Hohenzollern
Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern
Prince Albrecht of Hohenzollern
Fürstin Christine of Isenburg
Prince Viktor and Princess Jungeun of Isenburg
Prince Stephan and Princess Maria zur Lippe
Fürst Andreas and Fürstin Alexandra zu  Leiningen
Hereditary Prince Ferdinand zu Leiningen
Prince Johannes and Johanna of Lobkowicz
Fürst Ludwig zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg
Fürst Alois-Konstantin zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
Prince Hubertus and Princess Iris zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
Hereditary Count Karl Eugen and Hereditary Countess Andrea of Neipperg
Count Dominik and Countess Maria Anna of Neipperg
Fürst Albrecht and Fürstin Angela zu Oettingen-Oettingen and Oettingen-Spielberg
Fürst Moritz and Fürstin Lioba zu Oettingen-Oettingen and Oettingen-Wallerstein
Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia
Prince Adalbert and Princess Eva Maria of Prussia
Prince Heinrich XXIV. and Princess Dorothea Reuß
Prince Michael and Pricness Philippa zu Salm-Salm
Prince Felix zu Salm-Salm
Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Count Karl zu Solms-Laubach
Countess Madeleine zu Solms-Laubach
Count Gustav and Countess Nicola zu Solms-Laubach
Count Franz zu Solms-Laubach
Count Friedrich zu Solms-Laubach
Count Ludwig and Countess Stephanie of Waldburg zu Wolfegg and Waldsee
Fürst Wolfgang Ernst and Fürstin Leonille zu Ysenburg and Büdingen
Princess Elisabeth of Ysenburg and Büdingen in Wächtersbach

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02 November 2014

† Fürst Johann Friedrich zu Castell-Rüdenhausen

Mourning in Rüdenhausen: Only seven years after the death of his father Fürst Johann Friedrich zu Castell-Rüdenhausen has died at the age of 66 years. Despite his long suffering from cancer, the news of his death came as a surprise on the afternoon of 30. October. The last few weeks Fürst Johann Friedrich has  spent on his beloved Friedrichsberg, where he died.
Fürst Johann-Friedrich zu Castell-Rüdenhausen was in his home town closely associated, has solved many cases problems through his personal commitment. Always citizen he was esteemed as a promoter of associations, clubs and the community. Modesty and generosity meant him no opposition. Personal trademarks were his were often subliminal humor and a strong sense of tradition.
For the purposes of his father he continued the business of the royal house at the head of private banking and the operation of branches forest and agriculture from 1989. The nature and hunting influenced a large part of his life. He was a passionate hunter also treasurer of the CIC, an international Jagdrat for Game. Another hobby was horse-drawn carriage ride. The responsibility of Castell companies he gave last year to his son, the new Fürst Otto.
Together with his wife Maria, nee Countess of Schönborn-Wiesentheid, he has four children. Loved spending time with his family of Friedchsberg, in the  mountains and in Portugal, where his wife owns a house. Six brothers and sisters with their families mourn the Fürst  a brother died in 2010.
The formal transfer of the death Fürst from the C
astle to  the Protestant parish church of St. Peter and Paul takes place on Friday, 07.11. at 18 clock. The funeral service at the church will be held on Saturday, 08.11. at 12 clock.  Then is buried in the royal crypt.

Article in Infranken

31 October 2014

german Houses: The Ducal House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

The Ducal House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

House of Wettin

Since 1826 the members of the Ducal Family have the Titles Prince/Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha with the style of Highness (HH).

 Duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

When in 1680 the 7 sons of the late Duke Ernst I. of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg divided their from their father inherited Country his youngest son  Johann Ernst got Saxe-Saalfeld. Johann Ernst received city and Office Saalfeld, the cities Grafenthal, Probstzella and Lehesten, later Pössneck, also it was a payable of Friedrich annual pension to. He resided in Saalfeld as Duke of Saxe-Saalfeld. As the youngest son he had received the smallest share of the country and people. Since he and his brother Ernst significantly disadvantaged in this division saw (exceeded the income of the eldest brother Friedrich Johann Ernst of the sevenfold), lodged a protest both. The fraternal feud lasted for years and increased even more when the brothers Albert of Saxe-Coburg, Heinrich died of Saxe-Römhild and Christian von Sachsen-Eisenberg without sons and heirs. The "Coburg-Eisenberg-Römhilder inheritance dispute" could be ended definitively in 1735 only after multiple washes and intervention by the Emperor and the Imperial Court Councillor; six years after the death of Johann Ernst. It had mainly prevail against his older brother Bernhard this, also laid claim to Saxe-Coburg. Johann Ernst let from 1680 the Palace in Saalfeld which was already built by his brother Albrechtexpand and moved to it in 1691 The Duke was considered far less lavish than his brothers; he promoted the mining industry and established a mint.  In 1719 he was offered by Augustuthe Strong during his and his sons Absence to become an administrator of the Electorate of Saxony, which he refused, however.
Duke Johann Ernst married in 1580 Pricness Sophie Hedwig of Saxe-Meersburg, a daughter of Duke Christian I. After her death he made in 1690 a second marriage to Countess Charlotte Johanna of Waldeck-Wildungen.
He had Issue from both marriages:
From the first marriage:
  • Christiane Sophie, died as child
  • Chrstian Ernst, succeeded as Duke
  • Charlote Wilhelmine, married to Count Philipp Reinhard of Hanau
From the second marriage:
  • Wilhelm Friedrich
  • Karl Ernst
  • Sophie Wilhelmine, married to Fürst Friedrich Anton of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
  • Henriette Albertine, died as child
  • Franz Josias, succeeded as Duke
  • Henriette Albertine
Duke Johann Ernst died on 12.12.1729 and was succeeded by his sons Christian Ernst. and Franz Josias. Because Duke Christian Ernst had married to the  displeasure of his father and brother  Christiane Friederike von Voss whom he married on 18.08.1724 in Naitschau. The father consented now in the connection, but Christian Ernst's younger half-brother Franz Josias gave him the succession dispute. Therefore Duke Johann Ernst decreed  on 14.10.1724 the joint government of the brothers at indivisibility of the country, which was came in 1729, after the death of Johann Ernst in action. Christian Ernst moved residence in Saalfeld and Franz Josias moved to the Veste Coburg. As older son Christian Ernst stood to the management of the business. In the government of the brothers fell  the settle of the "Coburg-Eisenberg-Römhilder inheritanceconficlt ", whereby the line Saalfeld got  the offices Coburg, Unterrodach, Mönchröden and half Amt Neuhaus  Duke Christian Ernst died childless in 1745 his; sole heir was his brother Franz Josias. Duke Franz Josias toom alread frome from 1735 the sole dominion over Coburg and moved the seat of government there. The House of Saxe-Saalfeld took the name Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. With the death of his half-brother in 1745, he became the sole ruler of Coburg and Saalfeld. Already on 01.10.2733, he had introduced the primogeniture in the country, which the Emperor confirmed in 1747.From 1750 to 1755 Franz Josias led for Hereditary Prince Ernst August Konstantin the regency in Saxe-Weimar. Franz Josias was described as a handsome man. At that time very popular badminton game he had lost his left eye. Duke Franz Josias married in 1723 Princess Anna Sophie of Schwarzbur-Rudolstadt, a daughter of Fürst Friedrich Ludwig I. Together they had the following children
  • Ernst Friedrich, who succeeded his father as Duke
  • Johann wilhelm, died young
  • Christian Franz
  • Charlotte Sophie, married to Hereditary Prince Ludwig of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
  • Friederike Caroline, married to Margrave Karl Alexander of Brandenburg-Ansbach and Bayreuth
  • Friedrich Josias, he made a morgantic marriage to Therese Stroffak
Duke Franz Josias died on 16.09.1784 and was succeeded by his oldest son Ernst Friedrich. Duke Franz Josias had left considerable debts. The new Duke Ernst Friedrich  moved the residence permanently in Coburg. Because of the high debt of the country was in 1773 a debit Commission appointed by Emperor Joseph II. Forced debt management, who worked for over thirty years. The Commission was initially led by Prince Joseph Friedrich von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, later by Duke Ernst II. Von Sachsen-Gotha. Ernst Friedrich were 12,000 Taler allowed annual income. The Duke led the 1768 a lottery to support breeding and orphanage financially. He also promoted agriculture. When his chamberlain served the writer Moritz August von Thummel.
Duke Ernst Friedrich married in 1740 Princess Siophie Antonia of Brunsiwck. The had several children:
  • Franz Friedrich Anton, who succeeded his father as Duke
  • Karl, died young
  • Friederike Juliane, died young
  • Caroline Ulrike Amalie
  • Ludwig Karl Friedrich
  • Ferdinand August Heinrich, died young
  • Friedrich, died young
After the death of Duke Ernst Friedrich his only son succeeded him as Duke Franz Friedrich Anton government of the still indebted country in which seemed a rescheduling Commission. Government, and Consistory Chamber College were merged in 1802 to a state government. Through the work of the Chamber Director Theodor Konrad von Kretschmann forced administration of debit Commission could be resolved. As a result, now heading Minister Kretschmann was left at the government almost completely free hand. In the population Kretschmann, by organizing the management firm was hated. When the inhabitants against his arrangement to number the houses of the city, rebelled, he left Saxon Dragoons engage in the city. Franz Friedrich Anton was a great connoisseur and lovers and is considered the largest collector of books and prints under the Coburg dukes. In 1775 he laid the foundation for a print collection of 300,000 prints, which can now be visited on the Veste Coburg , and equipped the castle library with an extensive collection of books from. Likewise, his collection formed the basis for the Natural History Museum CoburgHe bought 1805, just a few months before his death, the chamber goods and Schwickhof Rosenau Schloss Rosenau, near Coburg with as a summer residence for his familyUnder Duke Franz Friedrich Anton the expansion of Coburg began to representative residence of the 19th century, were by walls, ditches and towers demolished and replaced with green spaces.
Duke Franz Friedrich Anton was twice married. In 1776 he married Princess Sophie of Saxe-Hildburghausen who already died in the same year. In the following year he made a second marriage to Countess Auguste Reuß zu Ebersdorf. With her he had 10 children from which 7 survived childhood.  Due to the advantageous marriages of the children the  dynastic rise of the House began:
Descdendants of Duke Franz Fridrich Anton and Duchess Auguste
  • Sophie, married to Count Emmanuel of Mensdorff-Pouilly
  • Antoinette, married to Duke Alexander of Württembe4rg
  • Juliane, orthodox Anna Feodorvna, married from 1796-1820 to Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovitch of Russia
  • Ernst, who succeededhis father as Duke
  • Ferdinand, he married the wealthy austrian heiress Princess Maria Antonia of Koháry. Therefore his descendants are also called the line of Saxe-Coburg-Koháry.
    • Ferdinand, he married in 1836 Queen Maria II. da Gloria of Portugal. After the beirth of the first son in the following year he was made as Ferdinand II. King-Consort. As widower he made in 1869 a second morgnatic marriage to Elise Friederike Henssler.
      From his first marriage the from, 1853-1910 in Portugal reigning House of Saxe-Coburg-Braganza came. The became extinct in the male line with the death of the last former King Manoel II. in 1932.
    • August, married to Princess Clementine of Orléans
      • Philipp, married to Princess Luise of Belgium. The marriage was very unhappy and the Princess left her husband in 1896 and the marriage was divorced in 1908.
        • Leopold
        • Dorothea, married to Duke Ernst Günther of Schleswig-Holstein (-Sonderburg-Augustenburg)
      • August, married to Princess Leopoldine of Brazil
        • Peter
        • August, married to Archduchess Karoline of Austria, Princess of Tuscany
          • August
          • Klementine, married to Eduard von Heller
          • Rainer, married first (divorced) Johanna Károlyi de Károly-Patty, married second Edith de Kózol
            from the first marriage
            • Johannes Heinrich, married first (divorced) Baroness Gabriele of Fürstenberg, married second (divoved) Princess Mathilde of Saxony
              from the first marriage:
              • Felizitas, married to Sergei Trotzky
              from the second marriage:
              • Johannes Albert, he died at the age of 18 in an accident
          • Philipp Josias, married (morganatic) Sarah Aurelia Hálasz
            • Philipp August, married first (divorced) Bettina Pfretschnerr, married second Rosemarie Jägetr
              from the first marriage:
              • Isabella, married to Michael Treimer
              • Maximilian, married to Christina Schnell
                • Franziska Maria
              • Alexander
              from the second marriage:
              • Christina
          • Theresa, married to Baron Lamoral Taxis  di Bordogna e Valnigra
          • Leopoldine
          • Ernst married to irmgard Röll
        • Joseph
        • Ludwig, married first to Princess Mathilde of Bavaria, second to
          Countess Anna of Trauttmannsdorf-Weinsberg
          from the first marriage:
          • Antonius, married to Marie Luise Mayrhofer
          • Maria Immaculata
          from the second marriage:
          • Josefine, married (divorced) to Baron Richard of Baratta-Dragono
      • Clotilde, married to Archduke Joseph of Austria
      • Amalie, married to Duke Max Emanuel in Bavaria
      • Ferdinand, He was on 07.07.1887 elected as reigning Prince of Bulgaria. On 05.10.1908 the took the Title King of the Bulgarians. First he married Princess Marie Louise  of Bourbon of Parma. Second he married Princess Eleonore Reuß zu Köstritz.
        From his first marriage he had 4 children. Through his oldest son King
        Boris III. he is the ancestor of the Royal Family of Bulgaria who reigned until the where thron out by the Kommunists in 1946. The former reignign King Simeon II. is his grandson.
        TM King Simeon II. and Queen
        Margarita of Bulgaria
    • Viktoria, married to Prince Louise of Orléans, Duke of Nemours
    • Leopold  he made a morgantic marriage to Konstanze Geiger who was created Baroness of Ruttenstein
      • Franz, Baron of Ruttenstein
  • Viktoria, married first to Fürst Emich zu Leiningen, as widow she made a second marriage to Prince Edward of Great Britain, Duke of Kent. They where the parents of Queen Victoria of Great Britain, Empress of India etc.  
  • Marianne Charlotte, died as child
  • TM King Philippe and Queen
    Mathilde of the Belgians
  • Leopold, married first to Princess Charlotte of Great Britain, the only daughter of the King George IV. She died one year after the marriage in childbeth. In 1831 he accepted the offer of the belgian national Congress to become King of the Belgians and took on 21.07.18341 the oath as King Leopold I. From his second marriage to Princess Louise Marie of Orléans he became the ancestor of the belgian Royal Family. the present King Philippe is his great-great-great-grandson. 

When Duke Franz Friedrich Anton turned seriously  ill in 1803 his oldest son Ernst was early declared of age on 10.05.1803 age because  had to participate in the government's work  He had been appointed by Catherine II., and Tsar Paul I to the Supreme in Russian regiments through the connections of his sister. Tsar Alexander I appointed him in 1801 to the General of the Guard on horseback. Ernst took part in the Battle of Jena and Auerstedt and then accompanied King Friedrich Wilhelm III. of Preußen up to headquarters in Graudenz. After the death of Duke Franz Friedrich Anton on 09.12.1806 Ernst became reigning Duke as Duke Ernst I. but initially was unable to take the government, as the country was occupied by Napoleonic troops and was under French administration. Only by the Peace of Tilsit in 1807 was Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, that was to be dissolved, applicable to Russian pressure of the brother in law of the Duke, Tsar Alexander, the Duchy and returned. In 1808 he removed the Minister of his father, Theodor von Kretschmann  and put him on trial. Duke Ernst   I. fought as a Prussian general in 1813 at Lutzen and Leipzig in 1814 and moved into the French fortress of Mainz. After the battle of Leipzig he was commander of the 5th German Army Corps and after the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo him an area of 8.25 square miles was gratitude in the Final Act of the Congress of Vienna, in which he participated personally, on 09.06.1815 25,000 inhabitants awarded to the capital, St. Wendel, 1819 the name of the Principality of Lichtenberg received and which he sold in 1834 for 2 million thalers to Prussia. He used the proceeds primarily to acquire lock and rule Greinburg on the Danube and of other goods in Tirol, Posen and Lower Austria. He also earned 1836 domains Wandersleben, 1837 and 1838 Mechterstädt valley and the Sternberg Palace. After the Napoleonic War, Ernst I tried to rebuild the Duchy. On 01.08. 1821 he gave the country a new constitution as part of a veiled constitutional agreement. He promoted science and arts, leaving the theater buildings in Coburg and Gotha build. Architecture History important is his extensive passion for the neo-Gothic style. The conversions of the locks Rosenau, Ehrenburg, Callnberg and Reinhardsbrunn belong in Germany among the earliest secular buildings of the romantic Gothic Revival, each embedded in extensive landscape park in the English style.

Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha 
After the extinction of the House of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg with Duke Friedrich IV. 1825 necessitated reorganization of the Ernestine duchies was decided in the preliminary treaty to Liebenstein on  11.08.1826. In the division of the country with the dukes Bernhard II of Saxe-Meiningen and Friedrich of Saxe-Hildburghausen Ernst received the Duchy of Gotha with the offices Gotha, Ichterhausen, Tenneberg, George Thal, Tonna, Liebenstein, Zella, Volkenroda and the office district Ohrdruf. He now reigned under the name of Ernst I, the two countries in Personalunion.Als chief administrative authority of his new country, he founded the coburg-gothaisches State Department and ordered the state government again. He promoted agriculture, trade, infrastructure and commercial and concluded with its neighbors trade agreements.
In the in 1828 under Ernst established "new coin" to continue the Münzbetriebes in Gotha all nominal of the duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha were influenced by the Coinage of 1753/63. After only ten years of operation of the duke close the coin for economic reasons and meet the demand for money as job characteristics.
Duke Ernst II. married first  on 31.07.1817 Princess Luise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, the only daughter of Duke August of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg. This was howver was not a love match, but was initiated for political reasons - Luise was the only heir to the House of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg. After a few years the marriage was disrupted by mutual adultery and was divorced on 31.03.1826. On 23.12.1832 Duke Ernst II. made a second marriage to his niece Duchess Marie of Württemberg, a daughter of his sister Antoinette.
From his first marriage he had 2 sons
  • Ernst, he succeeded his father as Duke
  • Albert, he married his first cousin Queen Victoria of Great Britain, Empress of India etc.
    They had 4 sons and 5 daughters.
    • Edward, he succeeded his mother as King of Great Britain
    • Alfred, Duke of Edinburg, he succeeded his unlce, Duke Ernst II. as Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
    • Arthur, Duke of Connaught, he and son Arthur rennounced in 1899 their succession rights in Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
    • Leopold, Duke of Albany, married to Princess Helene zu Waldecky and Pyrmont
      • Alice, married to Fürst Alexander of Teck, since 1917 Earl of Athlone
      • Karl Eduard (Charles Edward), he succeeded his uncle, Duke Alfred as Duke
Duke Ernst I. died on  29.01.184 Ernst II. and his older son succeeded him as Duke Ernst II. He had been raised topgether with his brother Albert by Johann Christoph Florschütz. Florschütz oversaw the brothers over the next 15 years and has long been their primary caregiver. The education program, the Ernst and Albert went through with him, corresponded to that of their royal contemporaries. The lessons included German, history, science, philosophy and geography as well as Latin, English and French. Although Duke Ernst breakfasted often with his sons and took them occasionally for hunting with, but played only a minor role in their upbringing. From June 1836 to April 1837 in Ernst studied in Brussels mathematics, philosophy, foreign languages​​, public and constitutional doctrine, and then three semesters of law and philosophy in Bonn. In Dresden he received from November 1839 in the Royal Saxon Garde Reiter Regiment military and at the local court of a musical-cultural training. In 1842 he retired from the Saxon military service as a major general of cavalryIn Germany he was especially in 1849 after defeating the German troops against Denmark known in Battle of Eckernförde, where he participated as the highest-ranking commander. The success made Duke Ernst as "winner of Eckernförde" a national hero. The reign of Ernst II. was initially characterized by a policy, which represented the interests of the liberal bourgeoisie. So were essential parts of the fundamental rights under the Constitution of the Frankfurt National Assembly, including the full freedom of association and assembly, included in the basic Community law of the two duchies in 1852. Also created in the 1849 March Revolution failed universal, equal, but indirect suffrage of all male citizens over 25 years without classification was confirmed therein and retained until 1918. Ernst II. Intended as a promoter of German liberal national movement to renew and unification of the German people. Because of its extensive international relations with the Royal Courts in Europe, he distinguished himself in opposition to the politics of Otto von Bismarck, but was still in the German war of 1866 ally of Prussia. The Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gothaische Infantry Regiment was involved in the Battle of Langensalza and thereby suffered severe losses. As a war indemnity Ernst received instead of the hoped-territorial acquisitions, especially Bavarian areas, Hesse 8800 acres of former state forests, Prussian land without sovereignty, between Oberschönau and Schmalkalden. His efforts made to a federal unit of the German states under Prussian leadership earned him the respect of King Wilhelm I. a, ​​the public paid tribute just before his proclamation as German Emperor in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles Ernst II before all other German princes. "Forgetting not that I have to thank the most important thing of the day your aspirations withUnder Ernst's protectorate was established in July 1860 in Coburg, the first German Gymnastics and Youth Festival and in September the first General Assembly of the German National Association organized in 1861 performed the first German shooting festival in Gotha and the German Shooting Federation and founded in 1862 in Coburg the German Choral Association. Ernst was a friend and patron of the then-known German writer Gustav Freytag and the "Waltz King" Johann Strauss. He was also closely acquainted with the travel writer Friedrich Gerstäcker and the zoologist Alfred Brehm. Et al with the latter two he took from February to May 1862, a trip to Africa, whose experiences he describes in his book Journey of Duke Ernst of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Egypt and the countries of the Habab, Mensa and Bogo. Ernst enriched the collections of the Veste Coburg Castle Friedensstein considerably, leaving in Gotha 1864 to 1879 the Ducal Museum built. He was also active as a director and actor and has composed the opera "Santa Chiara" to a libretto by Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer. In 1857, Ernst II was elected a member of the Scholars Academy Leopoldina..4 at Friedenstein Castle in Gotha.
Duke Ernst II. married on 03.05.1842 in Karlsruhe Princess Alexandrine of Baden, a daughter of Grand Duke Leopold. As the marriage remained childless his sucessor became his nephew Alfred, the second son of his brother Albert.  Alfred had in 1852, according to his inclinations joined the Royal Navy. Successful completion of seamanship training, he traveled with the HMS Euryalus to South Africa and visited the Cape Colony, the Orange Free State and Natal. After the abdication of King Otto of Greece, Alfred was elected by the Greek National Assembly in 1862 as the successor, but could this crown not accept as a prince of a great power for political reasons Prince Alfred remained in the Navy, 1863 Lieutenant was at sea and studied from 1863 to 1865 to the University of Edinburgh and the University of BonnIn 1865 Alfred who was chosen since 1852 as a successor to the throne for Duke Ernst II of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Coburg visited and bought the Wangenheimsche Palais am Schlossplatz (Palace Edinburgh - today IHK Coburg) as a future residence. In 1865 he ws created Duke of Edinburgh. 1867 Alfred was captain and given command of the frigate HMS Galatea, with whom he departed on 24.01 on a world tour. In October he reached Australia, where he - was enthusiastically received - the first member of the British royal family, the ever visited Australia. During his five-month stay was an assassination attempt during a public picnics on March 12, 1868 in Clontarf made ​​on his life. The Irishman Henry James O'Farrell shot him with a gun in his back. Alfred was not seriously injured, was a month later to take up his command on HMS Galatea again and continue the journey. After seventeen months' absence he reached on 26.06.1868 again the UK. His next trip in 1869 led him to India and Hong Kong. Again, he was the first British Royal who had ever set foot on the soil of these colonies, and here he was received enthusiastically. Prince Alfred was an avid sailor who came up completely in his profession as a naval officer. His sense of duty and his exceptional skills seetaktischen found wide acclaim. It was in 1878 Rear Admiral, Vice Admiral in 1882, Admiral in 1887 and finally, on June 3, 1893 Grand Admiral (Admiral of the Fleet), the highest rank of the Royal Navy. He took over in 1876 a command in the Mediterranean Squadron in Malta, where his second daughter Victoria Melita was born. In 1878 he led the occupation of Cyprus, in 1883 he was given command of the Channel Squadron, 1886, the Mediterranean Fleet and in 1893 he was commander in Davenport. He devoted his duties always the most attention and was considered efficient Admiral. When his paternal uncle Duke Ernst II. died in August 1893without legitimate offspring, fell Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to Alfred because his older brother Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales and later British King Edward VII.had rennounced his succession rights in the Duchy. Duke Alfred retired from active naval service and placed his membership in the House of Lords and the Privy Council down. The rest of his British title and honorary positions he held. He returned his annual alimony of 15,000 pounds sterling and 10,000 pounds but retained that had been additionally granted him on the occasion of his wedding to entertain his residence Clarence House in London. The throne in Coburg was  not easy for him. He was now a British prince on a German royal throne, in a time in which there were strained relations between the two countries. Alfred shared the dislike of his elder brother Albert Edward against their common nephew, the German Emperor Wilhelm II. As head of state of a small state in the German Empire, the Duke had only domestic governance. He grieved after the active time in the Royal Navy, which was the last 35 years been his home. He pursued - condemned themselves to passive spectators - all naval affairs very closely. Above all, the German naval armaments he watched with great concern. The German public was not delighted by the British succession in Coburg and Gotha, either. The practice of Alfred preceded by his British Ttitles  before the german Titles  and the use of the term "Royal Highness", to which he had the rights as as a British Prince, but not as the reigning Duke of Coburg and Gotha and therefore even employed the Bundesrat, were resented. Alfred was - just like his sister Victoria in Berlin - as "foreigners" with suspicion, almost hostile intent. Some newspapers considered his throne as an affront to the German national feeling. Over time, the attacks calmed again and Alfred's popularity grew in the duchies. By the end of his reign, he had won the respect and support of the people, although he only spoke broken German. Regarding the country's affairs in the Duchies be restrained Duke Alfred and let the State Department largely free hand. He devoted himself to prefer hunting and undertook journeys. For a stay in Alexandria in 1898, he was bitten by a mosquito and pulled a protracted infection to the eye, of which he is not quite recovered. Alfred's last year of life was overshadowed by the death of his only son and heir, Alfred, during the celebrations for the silver wedding of the Duke and Duchess committed a suicide attempt in 1899 and died two weeks later. Alfred was his wife's fault and separated officially from her. He began to drink.
On 23.01.1874 Alfred married the Russian Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna. This compound was from the beginning did not do well and it should last for six years before they ever came into being. Maria was the only surviving daughter of the Russian Tsar Alexander II. and the Empress Marie Alexandrona. Neither side was excited by this connection. For th he Imperial couple it was hard to give away her only daughter, and the Queen entertained - especially since the Crimean War - a deep aversion to the Romanovs. Against the expressed unwillingness of Queen Victoria the Wedding was held in the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. It was the only wedding of one of her  children of Queen Victoria, which did not take place in the United Kingdom, and the only one the Queen did not attend. The marriage produced five children:
  • Alfred, he died in in 1899
  • Marie, married to King Ferdinand I. of Romania
  • Victoria Meltia, orhtodox Victoria Feodorovna, married first to her cousin Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hesse and by Rhine. They unhappy marriage was divorced in 1901. She remarried later Grand Duke Kyril Vladimirovitch of Russia
  • Alexandra, married to Fürst Ernst zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg
  • Beatrice, married to Infante Alfonso of Spain, Prince of Orléans, Duke of Galliera
Duke Alfred died on 30.07.1900 at Rosenau Castle. Already a year before him heis only son Hereditary Prince Alfred had died. After the death of the Hereditary Prince the succesion had become unclear and Duke Alfred's younger brother Pricne Arthur, Duke of Connaught and his son Prince Arthur of Connaught both rennoubnced their succession rights in the Duchy so that the Heir became Prince Charles Edward, Duke of Albany the posthumous born son of Duke Alfred's youngest brother Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany. As the young new duke was only 15 years old at the time when he became Duke Fürst Ernst zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg a son-in-law of Duke Alfred took over the Regency over the Duchy. The new Duke had moved In the fall of 1899 with his mother and sister from the UK to Germany. He called himself there Carl Edward and lived initially in Stuttgart Castle with King William II. of Württemberg. In the spring of 1900 he moved with his mother and sister to Potsdam, where they lived in the Villa Ingenheim. Under the care of his cousin Emperor Wilhelm II. the former pupils of Eton College got from a private teacher, a special education according to the curricula of secondary school, from which he graduated after a year with an exam. In the fall of 1901, the training and education was conducted at the main Prussian cadet school in Berlin Lichterfelde, which he ended in December 1902 with the Abitur. From 1903, he studied for three semesters law and political science at the University of Bonn. There he was a member of the student Corps Borussia. In the summer of 1904 he finished his studies with the academic title of Dr. jur. On October 1, followed by four months of the entry into the 1st Foot Guards, to attain the rank of lieutenant. On his 21st birthday in 19.07.1905 Carl Eduard took over control of the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. On 11.10.1905, he married in Glücksburg Castle Princess Victoria Adelheid of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, a niece of the German Empress Auguste Viktoria.
The young Duke reigned demonstratively conservative and nationalist  with reactionary tendencies. He was a passionate hunter and traveled a lot. The tech-savvy Regent had next to a saloon car different cars and turned to early aviation. He furthered 1910 in Gotha the construction of a landing site with an airship hangar and hence the expansion of Gotha for flyer city with a flying school and from 1913 with the Gotha Coach Factory as an aircraft manufacturer. In addition, Carl Eduard heavily involved in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Veste Coburg fortress and the castle grow. In addition to numerous protectorates of suffering from rheumatism Duke supported in Oberhof bobsleigh and also the game of golf.
At the First World War, he took part as a Saxon Cavalry General on the staff of the General Command of the 3rd Army, among other things, the XI. Army Corps with the 38th Division and his 6th Thuringian Infantry Regiment No. 95 included. There he was only formally and had, as usual for federal princes, held no active command. He accompanied his Infantry Regiment 95 at the front and visited the troops there often. 38 percent of the duration of the war he spent on the front, with a total of 18 visits. In December 1914 he was promoted to General of Infantry. Carl Eduard provided substantial space in his castle in Gotha as a reserve hospital available.
To demonstrate his unconditional loyalty to Germany Duke  Carl Eduard, signed on 12.03.1917 a law that excluded non-german members of the House of  Saxe-Coburg and Gotha from  the line succession to the throne if their home country is at war with the German Reich. An attack on London on 17 .06.1917, 17 twin-engine bombers Gotha Coach Factory cost 160 lives and increased the anti-German sentiment in London. As a result, the British Parliament passed the Law on the withdrawal of titles and awards (Titles Deprivation Act). It was the legal basis for the deprivation of British aristocratic title and rights, and thus also his seat in the House of Lords by the direction of King George V of Great Britain and Ireland on 28.03. 1919. Except as Carl Eduard Duke of Albany, Earl of Clarence Baron Arklow and Prince of Great Britain and Ireland were affected by this law three other people: Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover, Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale, Earl of Armagh and Prince of Great Britain and Ireland, also Duke Ernst August of Brunswick-Lüneburg Prince of Great Britain and Ireland and also Heinrich Graf von Taaffe as 12th Viscount Taaffe of Corren and Baron of Ballymote. According to the Titles Deprivation Act, the male heirs of these people have the right to ask the British crown to her reinstatement in this title, but they have so far made ​​no use of itOn 09.11.1918, the Gotha Workers' and Soldiercouncil declared  Duke Carl Eduard as deposed. On 13.11.1918, later than most German princes, he announced his resignation, which was proclaimd on 14.11.  by the Minister of State Hans Barthold of Bassewitz in a meeting of the joint parliament in Gotha and meant the abdication for both duchies. This broke Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in the two republics Coburg and Gotha. They  went their separate ways when Gotha in 1920 joined the newly created state of Thuringia, while Coburg joined the Free State of Bavaria.
The Free State Coburg succeeded to make a settlement agreement with Duke Carl Eduard over its ownership and financial situation in the former Duchy of Saxe-Coburg on 07.06.1919. However, the compensation offer of Saxony-Gotha in the amount of 15 million dollars for the loss of his possessions he refused. Therefore, the law on the confiscation of the Gotha Hausfideikommiß, the Lichtenberger Entailed Estate, the Ernst-Albert-Entailed Estate, Schmalkasten Forestry and Hausallods of the Gotha state convention was adopted on 31.07.1919. It was the only prince expropriation in Germany and was later annulled by a judgment of the Supreme Court on 18.06.1925. He got values ​​of about 37.2 million Reichsmark awarded again. Carl Eduard lived from 1918 to 1945 with his family mostly in the summer on Callenberg Castle, which remained his property, and in winter on the renovated Veste Coburg, where he lthe right to live. From 1919  the former Duke sought connection to national-conservative and nationalist circles. He was from 1917 to 1922 Member of the Federation of Imperialists. In December 1919, he met the Freikorps leader Hermann Ehrhardt, whom he supported both ideologically and materially. After the failed Kapp Putsch he hid this with warrant Ehrhardt Castle Callnberg. In  1920 Carl Eduard became  district leader of  Coburg was in the Ehrhardt Brigade and the Organisation Consul and top district leaders Thuringia the Organisation Consul. The same, purely representative positions he took over in 1923 when paramilitary successor organization Bund Wiking. Followed in 1926 the membership of the Stahlhelm covenant which he supported financially. In 1930 he was Member of the Board, after he had in 1928 become Reich squadron leader of the Imperial power running season of the steel helmet. In 1929 he took over the presidency of the National German Automobile Club, founded by the Empire Automotive Relay. On October 11, 1931 Carl Eduard attended the meeting of the Harzburg Front part in Bad Harzburg and 1932 he was president of the Berlin National clubsHitler learned on 14.10.1922 Carl Eduard guest of honor of welcoming and festive evening on the third day in Coburg Germans know personally. In the following decades he met him personally for at least 21 times. After the first electoral successes of the NSDAP in Coburg in 1929, he openly supported the party. On 05.12.1929 Charles Edward visited with his wife a campaign rally of the NSDAP in the Coburg Hofbräu restaurants with Hitler as a speaker. On 18.10.1931, he participated in Braunschweig on SA-deployment. With a public appeal on 23.03.1932 in the Coburg National newspaper he supported in the presidential election Hitler against the conservative incumbent Hindenburg. After the general election won by the NSDAP he had occasion took power in Bavaria on 09.03.1933 to hoist the Veste Coburg the swastika flag and joined the NSDAP on 01.05.1933As a result, Carl Eduard received many honorary positions, so he could feel like a high-ranking member of the Nazi Party, but the party lent reputation in their own country and supported abroad as a figurehead with an international reputationIn 1933 he became a member of the General SS, and Although "supporting member".  in late July 1933, he was appointed to the SA group leader on the staff of the Supreme SA leader and in 1938 promoted by Hitler to SA-Obergruppenführer. To 01.12.1933 the President appointed him president of the German Red Cross, and in January 1934 the Reich Commissioner of voluntary nursing. In 1933 he became Reich Commissioner for the Automotive Engineering and with membership number 2230 and 1935 honorary leader of the National Socialist Obergruppenführer NSKK Motor Corps. Other offices followed, such as 1933 Senator of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society, 1934 representative of the national government in foreign countries, 1935 President of the German-English Gesellschaft Berlin, 1936 Reichstag deputy and president of the Association of the German front line fighter associations, and in 1938 President of the Permanent International Committee former combatants. He is said to be also been head of the Anglo-German Fellowship. However, there are no sources to prove itIn the wake of the establishment of the National Socialist Flying Corps in April 1937 it came to the appointment of honorary leader of the German aviation aviator with the rank of commodore and to NSFK-Obergruppenführer.  Furthermore, Carl Eduard, among others since 1928 was in business as a member held various supervisory boards, in the Wanderer Werke AG and Rhein-metal-Borsig AG, starting in 1933 at the German ring life insurance AG, from 1934 at the Deutsche Bank and Discontogesellschaft and the German Central ground-Kredit AG and from 1938 as chairman of the European freight and baggage insurance AG. Due to its cosmopolitan experiences represented the National Socialist Carl Eduard, the DRC and the German Reich, especially vis. To this end he undertook from 1933 to 1944 39 trips abroad and two world tours. His deputy president of the German Red Cross and Reich Commissioner of voluntary nursing was Paul high iron, 1937 Ernst-Robert Grawitz. After losing a power struggle over authority in 1934, it remained purely ceremonial duties, the actual duties, led high iron. In the same year he embarked on his first world tour. It lasted four months and resulted in over England, Canada, USA, Japan, China, Singapore, India, Egypt and Italy. He should, inter alia, the German Empire in the XV. International Conference of the International Committee of the Red Cross represented in Tokyo. In Japan he was also received from the Emperor and Empress. In December 1935 Carl Eduard was elected to London as President of the German-English society, and in January 1936 he took the German Reich officially at the funeral of the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland George. In the funeral procession Carl Eduard walked in the sixth row behind the gun carriage with the coffin and wearing a general's uniform of the Wehrmacht and a steel helmet of the type M35. Between February and June 1940, he took over as president of the DRC and Special Envoy of the Imperial Government a second trip around the world that led over the Soviet Union and Japan in the United States and back. The five-week, unofficial visit to the USA but had the guise of a humanitarian, charitable nature and served mainly a positive image of Germany. On 18.03.1940, he was received by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. On a journalists question whether the Jews in Poland would be subject regarding the care and assistance of special treatment, he answered untruthfully, that the Red Cross do not know any differencesOn the way back Carl Eduard was the Japanese Emperor Hirohito officially on  30.04. 1940 received. He brought it the congratulations of the German Empire to the 2600 anniversary of the Empire. On the return trip he had in Moscow on May 31, 1940 [8] an interview with Vyacheslav MolotovDue to a special permit, which took account of his merits and his loyalty to the Nazi regime, the leader of adoption was not applied on the remote stance internationally-bound men from relevant agencies in the state, party and army from 19.05.1943. After the end of World War II Carl Eduard was arrested on 04.06.1945 in Coburg from the US Army and interned until the end of 1946. Initially charged with crimes against humanity, was Carl Eduard, the more Persil certificates had been issued and no one was aware debt, 1950 sentenced in the denazification process after several appeals process as a follower and short-loaded to an expiation of 5000 DM.

From his marrige to Princess Viktoria Adelheid zu  Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg Duke Carl Eduard had the following children
  • Johann Leopold, he renounced his succession  rights for himself and his descendants on 27.02.1932, married first (divorced 1962) to Baroness Feodora on der Horst, married second in 1962 Maria Theresia Reindl
    from the first marriage:
    • Caroline Mathilde, married to Michael Nielsen
    • Ernst Leopold, married first (divorced) to Ingeborg Henig, married second (divorced) Gertraude Pfeiffer, married third Sabine Henning
      from the first marriage:
      • Hubertus, married to Barbara Weißmann
        • Sebastian
    • from the second marriage:
      • Viktoria Feodora, married first (divorced) Peter Schmidt who took the surname Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gtoha, married second Gert Armbrust
      • Ernst-Josias, married to Birgit Meissner
        • Sophie
      • Carl-Eduard, married to Miriam Stephanie Kolo
        • Emilia
        • Johanna
      • Friedrich-Ferdinand, married to Erica Ostheimer
        • Nicolas
      • Alice-Sibylla, married to Gerold Reiser
    • Peter, married to Roswitha Breuer
      • Peter, married first (divorced) to Kathrin Kempin, married second to Johanna Thompson
        from the first marriage:
        • Malte
        • Louisa
      • Malte, married to Nicola von Seydlitz-Kurzbach
        • Albert Nicolas
  • Sibylla, married to  Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, Duke of Västerbotten. They are the parents of the present swedish King Carl XVI. Gustaf
  •  Hubertus, died in action 1943
  • Caroline Mathilde, marreid first (divorced) Count Friedrich Wolfgang zu Castell-Rüdenhauseh, married second to Max Schnirring who died in a car crash, married third (divorced) Karl Otto Andrée
  • Friedrich Josias, he succeeded his father as head of the Ducal House 
Duke Carl Eduard Gotha died on 06.03.1954 as the second last former reigning german prince at the age of 70 years from cancer. As hid s oldest son had rennounced his succession rights because of his not equal marriage and the second son Prince Hubertus had fallen in 1943 his successor as Head of the Ducal House became his youngerst son Friedrich Josias. Prince Friedrich Josias made his Abitur in 1938. Afterwards he briefly worked for  the Reich Labor Service in Neustadt bei Coburg. In  1938 he joined as an officer cadet in a tank unit of the Wehrmacht his service to. Initially he was trained in Stahnsdorf in Berlin in 1939 and used in the occupation of Czechoslovakia for the first time. He participated in the Polish campaign and was in France in 1940 as a lieutenant at a Panzerspähkompanie. It followed the 1941 campaigns against Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union. After he had recovered from a serious illness at the Ruhr in the winter of 1941, he was transferred to Stahnsdorf. Shortly thereafter, the now promoted to Lieutenant Friedrich Josias  was deployed in operations in the Freikorps Arabia and in the Caucasus. In 1944 he was adjutant under General Field Marshal Erwin Rommel on the French Channel coast, in June 1944 at General of Hanneken in Denmark. Despite the prince decree, which excluded the sons of former reigning houses since 1943 from service in the armed forces regularly, he managed to submitted complaint, to be able to do until the defeat in May 1945, there serviceIn 1945, he fell into British captivity and came after his release in the fall of 1945 to Coburg. A year later, he traveled to Stockholm to his sister Sibylla and lived there for the time being. In 1946 he accepted a position at the Swedish shipping company Johnson Line AB. From 1948 he was at W. R. Grace & Co. employee in San Francisco. Once in Santos in  Brazil, he worked for the shipping company in 1951, he went back to Germany in 1952 and worked in the Hamburg office of the shipping company. Following the wishes of his father, he ended his employment in order to be active for the Family Foundation. From 1958 Prince Friedrich Josias worked again temporarily for the shipping company Johnson, this time in Buenos Aires. In 1964 he returned to German where  he lived first for three years in Hamburg, then in 1967 he moved to  Coburg and later he  mainly lived in the Austrian Grein CastleIn June 1981 he received the Belgian royal couple Baudouin and Fabiola for a Visit, and in October 1982 the Swedish royal couple Carl Gustaf and Silvia, bringing along with a considerable media interest and official receptions at the town hall of Coburg. Only the British royal family, which had changed its name from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in Windsor during the First world War in 1917, was due to the close ties of the parent company to the respective rulers of the German Empire during the two world wars little interest in closer contacts to Coburg. Because of health reasons Prince Friedrich Josias came during his last years of his life not to Coburg.
Prince Friedrich Josias married three times. On 21.10.1943 he married in Casel his maternal cousin Countess Victoria Luise zu Solms-Baruth. The marriage wad divorced in 1946. In 1948 he made a second marriage to the Denyse von Muralt. This marriage was also divorced in 1964. In the same year he remarreid with Katrin Bremme.
He had the following children:
from the firt marriage

  • Andreas, who succeeded his father as Head of the Ducal House
from the second marriage:
  • Claudia, married (divorced) to Guion Schäfer
  • Beatrice, married to Prince Friedrioch-Ernst of Saxe-Meiningen
  • Adrian, married first (divorced= to lea Rinderknecht, married second to Gertrud Krieg
    from the first marriage:

    • Simon
    • Daniel
Prince Friedrich Josias died on 23.01.1998 at Amtstetten. 
HH Prince Andreas
His successor as Head of the Ducal House became his oldeston son Prince Andreas. After the divorce of his parents Prince Andreas  lived with his mother. In 1949 he moved with his mother and her second husband, an American occupation officer who was stationed in Berchtesgaden, to New Orleans in the US, where he spent his childhood and attended school. In 1965 he moved to Coburg, to escape the convening in the US Army (Vietnam War). His military service in the army he served from 1966 to 1968 at the Armored Reconnaissance Battalion 6 in Eutin (Schleswig-Holstein). After voluntary work in the timber industry attended Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha 1969-1971 training as a timber merchant in Hamburg. During his training period in North Germany he met his future wife Carin Dabelstein, the daughter of an Hamburger Fabricant. The marriage took place in 1971 in Hamburg. After their marriage the Couple moved to Coburg.  From 1996 to 2002 Prince Andreas was a member in the Coburg City Councilfor the CSU. In 1997 he was one of the patrons of the Bavarian State Exhibition under the title "A Duchy and many crowns - Coburg in Bavaria and Europe" To the exhibition came about ten thousand visitors. The Ducal House  operates forestry in Bavaria, Thuringia and Austria. Furthermore, the family ensures the maintenance and operation of their two castles Callenberg in Coburg and Greinburg in Upper Austria Grein at the Donau. After a long-standing dispute waived restitution in a 2001 investing amicable settlement between the State of Thuringia and the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and its foundations this compensated for their restitution claims in Thuringia and were in favor with extensive forest ownership of land ownership. 1928. The Duke of Saxe-Coburg-- & - Gotha'sche Foundation for Art and Science holds the remaining artistic and cultural heritage of the house. It is made ​​permanently available to the public as the "Ducal Art possession SCG" in the castles Callenberg and Greinburg and is the subject of the local permanent and temporary exhibitions. 2006, the remaining five volumes of the Ottheinrich Bible brought t abroad. Shortly before the scheduled auction in December 2007 it acquired the Free State of Bavaria for the Bavarian State Library. Prince Andreas  is involved in numerous organizations and associations, particularly in the fields of art and culture as well as the promotion of sports. In 2002 he was awarded for his contribution in the realization of the investment-friendly settlement between the State of Thuringia, the town of Gotha and the ducal foundations made ​​an honorary citizen of the town of Gotha.
From his marriage to Carin Dabelstein he has 3  children: 
  • Stephanie 
  • Hubertus. married to Kelly Rondestvedt
    • Katharina
  • Alexander
TH Herditary Prince Hubertus
and Hereditary Princess Kelly

TH Princess Stephanie, Prince Andreas
and Prince Alexander