Duke Alexander of Württemberg (1804–1885)

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Duke Alexander of Württemberg
Alexander Paul Ludwig Konstantin von Württemberg Litho.jpg
Born(1804-09-09)9 September 1804
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died4 July 1885(1885-07-04) (aged 80)
Tüffer, Duchy of Styria, Austria-Hungary
SpouseCountess Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde
(m. 1835 - 1841; her death)
IssuePrincess Claudine of Teck
Prince Francis, Duke of Teck
Princess Amelie, Countess of Hügel
Full name
Alexander Paul Ludwig Konstantin
FatherDuke Louis of Württemberg
MotherPrincess Henriette of Nassau-Weilburg

Duke Alexander Paul Ludwig Konstantin of Württemberg (9 September 1804, Saint Petersburg – 4 July 1885 Tüffer) was a Germanic nobleman who was the father of Francis, Duke of Teck, who married into the British royal family and was the father of Mary of Teck (Queen Mary) the wife of King George V of the United Kingdom and the mother of King Edward VIII and King George VI, father of Queen Elizabeth II.


He was born on 9 September 1804 the son of Duke Louis of Württemberg (1756-1817), the younger brother of King Frederick I of Württemberg, the first king of Württemberg, and the second son of Frederick II Eugene, Duke of Württemberg (1732–1797). His mother was Princess Henriette of Nassau-Weilburg (1780-1857), a daughter of Charles Christian, Duke of Nassau-Weilburg, and a great-granddaughter of King George II of Great Britain through his eldest daughter Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange.

Marriage & issue[edit]

In 1835 he married Countess Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde (1812-1841), a Hungarian noblewoman whose non-royal ancestry deemed the marriage morganatic, thus depriving her issue of their paternal royal titles, status and inheritance. She was granted the title "Countess von Hohenstein", which title (Count or Countess) descended to all her children at birth. She was killed in 1841 in a riding accident, having fallen from her horse she was trampled to death by other horses. After his wife's death Duke Alexander became mentally unstable, a condition which lasted for the rest of his life. By his wife he had issue one son and three daughters, who in 1863 were all elevated by Duke Alexander's first cousin King William I of Württemberg (born 1781-1864) to the rank of Prince and Princesses (Fürst and Fürstin) von Teck:


  1. ^ Weir, A. (1996) Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy, Revised edition (Pimlico, London)
  2. ^ Sophia Dorothea of Hanover only daughter of King George I, mother of Princess Sophia Dorothea of Prussia mother of Princess Friederike of Brandenburg-Schwedt mother of Duke Louis of Württemberg father of Duke Alexander of Württemberg
  3. ^ Ordinal numbers of peerage titles are omitted by convention when holder is royalty (see Wikipedia:Naming conventions (royalty and nobility)#Royals with a substantive title)