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Charles, 2nd Duke of Saxe-Coburg

Charles Edward, 2nd Duke of Albany, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha from from 30 July 1900 to 14 November 1918, (1884-1954). in the uniform of Ninth, Charlie became Duke of Saxe-Coburg in 1899. Prince Alfreds only son had died and although the succession naturally passed to Prince Arthur and then his son, they declined and so Charlie was was uprooted from Eton and England at the age of thirteen and sent to Germany, despite hardly knowing the language. At the Kaisers suggestion he was sent to Lichterfield military academy at Potsdam and he went on from there to Bonn. He inherited the Coburg title a week after his sixteenth birthday.
1900

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Albany Charlie Coburg Duchy Gotha Grandson Highness Hussars Mar16 Ninth Prussian Saxe Succession


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This striking photograph captures Charles Edward, 2nd Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, also known as Duke of Albany (1884-1954), in the uniform of the Ninth Prussian Hussars. Born as a British prince, Charles became the Duke of Saxe-Coburg in 1899 following the unexpected death of his cousin, Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, who was the heir to the Coburg duchy. At the age of thirteen, Charles was uprooted from Eton and England and sent to Germany to prepare for his new role. The Kaiser suggested that he be sent to Lichterfelde Military Academy at Potsdam, and from there, he went on to Bonn to continue his education. He inherited the Coburg title a week after his sixteenth birthday. The photograph was taken in 1903, during a time when the young duke was establishing himself in his new role and learning the ins and outs of governing his duchy. The Ninth Prussian Hussars uniform was a symbol of his new identity as a German nobleman and a reminder of his military training. The Duke's highness is depicted here with a confident and regal posture, reflecting his growing sense of responsibility and leadership. The Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha held the title until 1918, when the monarchy was abolished in Germany following the end of World War I. Despite the challenges and upheavals of the time, this photograph captures a moment of pride and determination in the life of a young nobleman navigating the complexities of royal succession and identity.

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