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Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen

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Princess Adelaide "Adi" of Saxe-Meiningen Adelaide Erna Caroline Marie Elisabeth; later Princess Adalbert of Prussia; 16 August 1891 – 25 April 1971 was a daughter of Prince Frederick John of Saxe-Meiningen and his wife Countess Adelaide of Lippe-Biesterfeld[1]


  • 1 Family
  • 2 Marriage
  • 3 Later life
  • 4 Titles and styles
  • 5 Ancestry
  • 6 References


Adelaide original German: Adelheid's father Prince Frederick was a younger son of George II of Saxe-Meiningen by his second wife Feodora of Hohenlohe-Langenburg She had five siblings, including Prince George, a prisoner of war killed during World War II, and Prince Bernard

Adelaide's mother, also named Adelaide, was the eldest child of Ernst, Count of Lippe-Biesterfeld, who was the Regent of the principality of Lippe for seven years 1897–1904


On 3 August 1914, at the beginning of World War I, Adelaide married Prince Adalbert of Prussia at Wilhelmshaven, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany[1] He was the third son of Kaiser William II of Germany Adelaide's father would die within a month, on 23 August 1914 Less than a month after their marriage, Prince Adalbert was reported to have been killed in battle in Brussels[2] This was only a rumor however, and the prince had been unharmed In March 1915, he was promoted to Captain in the navy and Major in the army[2]

She and Prince Adalbert had three children:

  • Princess Victoria Marina of Prussia stillborn, 4 September 1915 she died soon after birth, although Adelaide was reported to have been in "satisfactory condition"[2]
  • Princess Victoria Marina of Prussia 11 September 1917 – 21 January 1981 she married Kirby Patterson 24 July 1907–4 June 1984[3] on 26 September 1947 They have three children and one grandson:
    • Berengar Orin Bernhard Kirby Patterson 21 August 1948-18 May 2011 he married Pamela Knight in 1994
    • Marina Adelaide Emily Patterson 21 August 1948-10 January 2011 she married John Engel on 24 September 1982 They have one son:
      • William John Engel 17 February 1983
    • Dohna Maria Patterson 7 August 1954 she married Stephen Pearl on 28 July 1974
  • Prince Wilhelm Victor of Prussia 15 February 1919 – 7 February 1989, he married at Donaueschingen on 20 July 1944 Marie Antoinette, Countess of Hoyos Hohenthurm, 27 June 1920 – Marbella, 1 March 2004 They have two children, five grandchildren and one great-grandson

Later life

After William II abdicated in 1918 at the end of World War I, Prince Adalbert sought refuge on his yacht, which had been maintained by a loyal crew[4] Princess Adelaide and their children soon attempted to follow, travelling by train from Kiel They were delayed however, and eventually came to be staying in southern Bavaria with Prince Henry of Bavaria a grandson of Ludwig III of Bavaria and his wife[4] She and Prince Adalbert were later reunited

Princess Adelaide died on 25 April 1971 in La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland[1] Her husband had died 23 years earlier, on 22 September 1948, at the same location

Titles and styles

  • 16 August 1891 – 3 August 1914: Her Highness Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen[1]
  • 3 August 1914 – 25 April 1971: Her Royal Highness Princess Adelaide of Prussia


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  1. ^ a b c d Lundy, Darryl "The Peerage: Adelheid Arna Karoline Marie Elisabeth Prinzessin von Sachsen-Meiningen" Retrieved 2 January 2010mw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-rightmw-parser-output citation mw-selflink
  2. ^ a b c "Kaiser Loses Grandchild", The New York Times, London, 7 September 1915
  3. ^ Kirby William Patterson, thepeeragecom, 2002 Archived 2010-02-12 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b "German Royalties in General Flight; Two Princesses Wounded by Bullets", The New York Times, Copenhagen, 10 November 1918

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