Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

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Prince Alfred in 1881
Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Reign22 August 1893 30 July 1900
Predecessor Ernest II
Successor Charles Edward
Born(1844-08-06)6 August 1844
Windsor Castle, Windsor, England
Died30 July 1900(1900-07-30) (aged 55)
Schloss Rosenau, Coburg, Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, German Empire
Burial4 August 1900
Full name
Alfred Ernest Albert
House Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Father Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Mother Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom
Military career
AllegianceFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg  Royal Navy
Rank Admiral of the Fleet
Commands held Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Mediterranean Fleet
Channel Fleet
Admiral Superintendent of Naval Reserves, Malta
HMS Galatea
Clarence House, St James's, in 1874, the Duke's London residence Clarence House 1874 The Graphic.jpg
Clarence House, St James's, in 1874, the Duke's London residence

Alfred (Alfred Ernest Albert; 6 August 1844 30 July 1900) reigned as Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha from 1893 to 1900. He was the second son and fourth child of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. He was known as the Duke of Edinburgh from 1866 until he succeeded his paternal uncle Ernest II as the reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in the German Empire.

Saxe-Coburg and Gotha collective name for the duchies of Saxe-Coburg and Saxe-Gotha in Germany

Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, or Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, was an Ernestine duchy ruled by a branch of the House of Wettin, consisting of territories in the present-day states of Bavaria and Thuringia in Germany. It lasted from 1826 to 1918. In November 1918, Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, was forced to abdicate. Saxe (Gotha) was subsequently merged into Thuringia whereas Coburg merged into Bavaria.

Queen Victoria British monarch who reigned 1837–1901

Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. On 1 May 1876, she adopted the additional title of Empress of India.

Albert, Prince Consort Husband of Queen Victoria

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was the husband of Queen Victoria.


Early life

Prince Alfred was born on 6 August 1844 at Windsor Castle to the reigning British monarch, Queen Victoria, and her husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the second son of Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. He was second in the line of succession behind his elder brother, the Prince of Wales.

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Alfred was baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury, William Howley, at the Private Chapel in Windsor Castle on 6 September 1844. His godparents were his mother's first cousin, Prince George of Cambridge (represented by his father, the Duke of Cambridge); his paternal aunt, the Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (represented by his maternal grandmother, the Duchess of Kent); and Queen Victoria's half-brother, the Prince of Leiningen (represented by the Duke of Wellington, Conservative Leader in the Lords). [1]

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Alfred studied violin at Holyrood, Edinburgh, where his accompanist was Hungarian expatriate George Lichtenstein. [2]

Holyrood, Edinburgh area in Edinburgh, Scotland

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George Lichtenstein (musician) Hungarian pianist

George Lichtenstein was a Hungarian pianist and music teacher who lived and worked in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Alfred remained second in line to the British throne from his birth until 8 January 1864, when his older brother Edward and his wife Alexandra of Denmark had their first son, Prince Albert Victor. Alfred became third in line to the throne and as Edward and Alexandra continued to have children, Alfred was further demoted in the order of succession.

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Entering the Royal Navy

Prince Alfred in 1865 P Alfred 1865.jpg
Prince Alfred in 1865

In 1856, at the age of 12, it was decided that Prince Alfred, in accordance with his own wishes, should enter the Royal Navy. A separate establishment was accordingly assigned to him, with Lieutenant J.C. Cowell, RE, as governor. He passed the examination in August 1858, and was appointed as midshipman in HMS Euryalus at the age of 14. [3] In July 1860, while on this ship, he paid an official visit to the Cape Colony, and made a very favourable impression both on the colonials and on the native chiefs. [4] He took part in a hunt at Hartebeeste-Hoek, resulting in the slaughter of large numbers of game animals. [5] On the abdication of King Otto of Greece, in 1862, Prince Alfred was chosen to succeed him, but the British government blocked plans for him to ascend the Greek throne, largely because of the Queen's opposition to the idea. She and her late husband had made plans for him to succeed to the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg.

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Major-General Sir John Clayton Cowell PC KCB was a British Army officer and later Master of the Queen's Household and lieutenant-governor of Windsor Castle.

HMS <i>Euryalus</i> (1853)

HMS Euryalus was a fourth-rate wooden-hulled screw frigate of the Royal Navy, with a 400HP steam engine that could make over 12 knots. She was launched at Chatham in 1853, was 212 feet long, displaced 3125 tons and had a complement of 515. At the time of the Bombardment of Kagoshima she carried 35 guns, not counting approximately 16 carronades. Seventeen of her guns were breech-loading Armstrong Guns. She carried 230 tons of coal, and provisions for about three months, together with over 70 tons of shot and shell.

Prince Alfred, therefore, remained in the navy, and was promoted to lieutenant on 24 February 1863, serving under Count Gleichen on the corvette HMS Racoon. [6] He was promoted to captain on 23 February 1866 and was appointed to the command of the frigate HMS Galatea in January 1867. [6]

Duke of Edinburgh

In the Queen's Birthday Honours on 24 May 1866, [7] the Prince was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Ulster, and Earl of Kent, [8] with an annuity of £15,000 granted by Parliament. [4] He took his seat in the House of Lords on 8 June.

While still in command of the Galatea, the Duke of Edinburgh started from Plymouth on 24 January 1867 for his voyage around the world. On 7 June 1867, he left Gibraltar, reached the Cape of Good Hope on 24 July and paid a royal visit to Cape Town on 24 August 1867 after landing at Simon's Town a while earlier. He landed at Glenelg, South Australia, on 31 October 1867. [4] Being the first member of the royal family to visit Australia, he was received with great enthusiasm. During his stay of nearly five months he visited Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Tasmania. [4] Adelaide school Prince Alfred College was named in his honour to mark the occasion.

On 12 March 1868, on his second visit to Sydney, he was invited by Sir William Manning, President of the Sydney Sailors' Home, to picnic at the beachfront suburb of Clontarf to raise funds for the home. At the function, he was wounded in the back by a revolver fired by Henry James O'Farrell. Alfred was shot just to the right of his spine and was tended for the next two weeks by six nurses, trained by Florence Nightingale and led by Matron Lucy Osburn, who had just arrived in Australia in February 1868. In the violent struggle during which Alfred was shot, William Vial had managed to wrest the gun away from O'Farrell until bystanders assisted. Vial, a master of a Masonic Lodge, had helped to organise the picnic in honour of the Duke's visit and was presented with a gold watch [9] for securing Alfred's life. Another bystander, George Thorne, was wounded in the foot by O'Farrell's second shot. [10] O'Farrell was arrested at the scene, quickly tried, convicted and hanged on 21 April 1868.

Arrival of HMS Galatea carrying Alfred. Hong Kong harbor, 1869. The Galatea carrying H. R. H. The Duke of Edinburgh. Wellcome V0036696.jpg
Arrival of HMS Galatea carrying Alfred. Hong Kong harbor, 1869.

On the evening of 23 March 1868, the most influential people of Sydney voted for a memorial building to be erected, "to raise a permanent and substantial monument in testimony of the heartfelt gratitude of the community at the recovery of HRH". This led to a public subscription which paid for the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital's construction.

Alfred soon recovered from his injury and was able to resume command of his ship and return home in early April 1868. He reached Spithead on 26 June 1868, after an absence of seventeen months.

He visited Hawaii in 1869 and spent time with the royal family there, where he was presented with leis upon his arrival. He was also the first member of the royal family to visit New Zealand, arriving in 1869 on HMS Galatea. He also became the first European prince to visit Japan and on 4 September 1869, he was received at an audience by the teenaged Emperor Meiji in Tokyo.

The Duke's next voyage was to India, where he arrived in December 1869 and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), which he visited the following year. In both countries and at Hong Kong, which he visited on the way, he was the first British prince to set foot in the country. The native rulers of India vied with one another in the magnificence of their entertainments during the stay of three months. [4] In Ceylon a reception was given for him, by the request of the British, by Charles Henry de Soysa, the richest man in Ceylon, at his private residence which was consequently renamed, by permission, Alfred House; Alfred reportedly ate off gold plates with gold cutlery inlaid with jewels. [11] [12] [13]


On 23 January 1874, the Duke of Edinburgh married the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia, the second (and only surviving) daughter of Emperor Alexander II of Russia and his wife Marie of Hesse and by Rhine, daughter of Ludwig II, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine and Wilhelmine of Baden, at the Winter Palace, St Petersburg. To commemorate the occasion, a small English bakery made the now internationally popular Marie biscuit, with the Duchess' name imprinted on its top. [14] The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh made their public entry into London on 12 March. The marriage, however, was not a happy one, and the bride was thought haughty by London Society. She was surprised to discover that she had to yield precedence to the Princess of Wales and all of Queen Victoria's daughters and insisted on taking precedence before the Princess of Wales (the future Queen Alexandra) because she and her father the Tsar considered the Princess of Wales's family (the Danish royal family) as inferior to their own. Queen Victoria refused this demand, yet granted her precedence immediately after the Princess of Wales. Her father gave her the then-staggering sum of £100,000 as a dowry, plus an annual allowance of £28,000.[ citation needed ]


Erbprinz-alfred-von-sachsen-coburg-gotha.jpg Alfred, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha 15 October 18746 February 1899Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha from 22 August 1893
MarieRoumanie.jpg Princess Marie 29 October 187518 July 1938married, 10 January 1893, King Ferdinand I of Romania (1865–1927); had issue
Vitoria Melita.JPG Princess Victoria Melita 25 November 18762 March 1936married (1), 9 April 1894, Ernst Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine; had issue; divorced 21 December 1901

(2) 8 October 1905, Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich of Russia; had issue

Sandra edinburgh hohenlohe.jpg Princess Alexandra 1 September 187816 April 1942married, 20 April 1896, Ernst II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg; had issue
Unnamed son13 October 187913 October 1879stillborn
Beatriceedinburgh1884.jpg Princess Beatrice 20 April 188413 July 1966married, 15 July 1909, Infante Alfonso of Spain, 3rd Duke of Galliera; had issue

Flag rank

Alfred was stationed in Malta for several years and his third child, Victoria Melita, was born there in 1876. Promoted rear-admiral on 30 December 1878, he became admiral superintendent of naval reserves, with his flag in the corvette HMS Penelope in November 1879. [15] Promoted to vice-admiral on 10 November 1882, he became Commander-in-Chief, Channel Fleet, with his flag in the armoured ship HMS Minotaur, in December 1883. [15] He became Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet, with his flag in the armoured ship HMS Alexandra, in March 1886, and having been promoted to admiral on 18 October 1887, [16] he went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth in August 1890. [15] He was promoted to Admiral of the Fleet on 3 June 1893. [15]

Percy Scott wrote in his memoirs that "as a Commander-in-Chief, the Duke of Edinburgh had, in my humble opinion, no equal. He handled a fleet magnificently, and introduced many improvement in signals and manoeuvring." He "took a great interest in gunnery." [17] "The prettiest ship I have ever seen was the [Duke of Edinburgh's flagship] HMS Alexandra. I was informed that £2,000 had been spent by the officers on her decoration." [18]

Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

On the death of his uncle, Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha on 22 August 1893, the duchy fell to the Duke of Edinburgh, since his elder brother (the Prince of Wales) had renounced his right to the succession before he married. Alfred thereupon surrendered his British allowance of £15,000 a year and his seats in the House of Lords and the Privy Council, but he retained the £10,000 granted on his marriage to maintain Clarence House as his London residence. [19] At first regarded with some coldness as a "foreigner", he gradually gained popularity. By the time of his death in 1900, he had generally won the good opinion of his subjects. [4]

Alfred was exceedingly fond of music and took a prominent part in establishing the Royal College of Music. [4] He was a keen violinist, but had little skill. At a dinner party given by his brother, he was persuaded to play. Sir Henry Ponsonby wrote: 'Fiddle out of tune and noise abominable.' [20]

He was also a keen collector of glass and ceramic ware, and his collection, valued at half a million marks, was presented by his widow to the Veste Coburg, the enormous fortress on a hill top above Coburg. [4]

Later life

Alfred and Maria's only son, Alfred, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, became involved in a scandal involving his mistress and apparently shot himself in January 1899, in the midst of his parents' twenty-fifth wedding anniversary celebrations at the Schloss Friedenstein in Gotha. He survived, but his embarrassed mother sent him off to Meran to recover, where he died two weeks later, on 6 February. His father was devastated. [21] :11

The Duke of Saxe-Coburg died of throat cancer on 30 July 1900 in a lodge adjacent to Schloss Rosenau, the ducal summer residence just north of Coburg. He was buried at the ducal family's mausoleum in the Friedhof am Glockenberg  [ de ] in Coburg. [22] :47 He was succeeded as the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha by his nephew, Prince Charles Edward, Duke of Albany, the posthumous son of his youngest brother, Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany because Alfred's next brother, the Duke of Connaught, and his son, Prince Arthur of Connaught, had renounced their succession rights to the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.[ citation needed ]

He was survived by his mother, Queen Victoria, who had already outlived two of her children, Alice and Leopold. She died six months later.


Manta alfredi is commonly known as Prince Alfred's manta ray. [23]

Tristan da Cunha

Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, the main settlement of Tristan da Cunha, was named after Alfred after he visited the remote islands in 1867 while Duke of Edinburgh.


Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, opened during his visit to Australia in 1868, and still, one of the biggest hospitals in the city is named for him. The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, again one of the busiest in the country, is also named after him.

The Foundation Stone for Prince Alfred College, an all-boys K-12-day and boarding school in Adelaide, was laid by the Prince himself, during his visit in 1867. This prestigious college has the biggest Old Scholars Association in the Southern Hemisphere and has educated several outstanding citizens. There is also a Prince Alfred Park in Sydney and Prince Alfred Square in Parramatta.

New Zealand

The name of the small township of Alfredton (near Eketahuna in the lower North Island of New Zealand) honours the Prince. [24]

South Africa

In Simon's Town, Prince Alfred Hotel was built in 1802 and renamed after the prince visited the Cape province in 1868. For more than two centuries Simon's town has been an important naval base and harbour (first for the Royal Navy and now the South African Navy). The former hotel now houses the Backpackers' hostel, opposite the harbour in the main street.

Prince Alfred Pass in the Western Cape, South Africa Prince Alfred Pass-002.jpg
Prince Alfred Pass in the Western Cape, South Africa

A Prince Alfred Street can be found in Pietermaritzburg, Queenstown, Grahamstown, Durban and Caledon. There is some opposition to Prince Alfred Street in Durban being renamed Florence Nzama Street. In Port Elizabeth there is a Prince Alfred's Terrace.

In Cape Town during his visit in 1868, Prince Alfred ceremoniously tipped the first load of rock to commence the building of the Breakwater. This was built by convict labour and formed the protective seawall for the new Cape Town Harbour, now redeveloped as the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and a popular tourist and shopping destination.

Prince Alfred sailed into Port Elizabeth on 6 August 1860 as a midshipman on HMS Euryalus and celebrated his 16th birthday among its citizens. [25] Seven years later he sailed into Simon's Town as the Captain of HMS Galatea.

The Alfred Rowing Club was established in 1864 and was housed under the pier at Table Bay. It was named after Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, who visited the Cape in 1860. It is the oldest organised sporting club in South Africa. [26]

The Port Elizabeth Rifle Corps was formed in 1856 under Sir George Grey's scheme to have a volunteer force to help secure the borders of the Cape Colony. Four years later it provided a Royal Guard to Prince Alfred and reportedly bore itself so well that, at the suggestion of the Governor, the Prince gave permission for it to be renamed Prince Alfred's Guard. It bears the name to the present day.

The opening ceremony of the South African Library was performed by Prince Alfred in 1860. An impressive portrait of the Prince hangs in the main reading room. [27]

The Port Elizabeth chapter of the Memorable Order of Tin Hats, a veterans association, is known as the Prince Alfred Shellhole. [28]

Prince Alfred's Hamlet is a small town in the Western Cape province.

Port Alfred, on the Kowie River in the Eastern Cape, was originally known as Port Frances after the daughter-in-law of the governor of the Cape Colony, Lord Charles Somerset. [29]

Of all the passes built in South Africa by the famous Andrew Geddes Bain and his son, Thomas, Prince Alfred's Pass remains, for many people, a favourite because of its lavish variety winding through some of the world's most unspoiled scenery. [30]


One of the stamp collectors in the British royal family, Prince Alfred won election as honorary president of The Philatelic Society, London in 1890. He may have inspired his nephew George V, who benefited after the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) bought his brother Prince Alfred's collection. The merging of Alfred's and George's collections gave birth to the Royal Philatelic Collection. [31]

Russian navy

The Russian armoured cruiser Gerzog Edinburgski took its name from the Duke of Edinburgh.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles


British honours [33] [34] [35]
Foreign honours [33] [34] [35]


Prince Alfred gained use of the royal arms of the United Kingdom, charged with an inescutcheon of the shield of the Duchy of Saxony, representing his paternal arms, the whole differenced by a label argent of three points, the outer points bearing anchors azure, and the inner a cross gules. [40] When he became the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, his Saxon arms were his British arms inverted, as follows: the ducal arms of Saxony charged with an inescutcheon of the royal arms of the United Kingdom differenced with a label argent of three points, the outer points bearing anchors azure, and the inner a cross gules.

Coat of Arms of Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.svg
Prince Alfred's coat of arms as a British prince
Arms of Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.svg
Prince Alfred's heraldic shield as a British prince
Coat of Arms of Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.svg
Alfred's arms as Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Arms of Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.svg
Heraldic shield as Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha



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Ernst II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg Regent of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

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Schloss Rosenau, Coburg château

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Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Cadet branch of the House of Wettin
Born: 6 August 1844 Died: 30 July 1900
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Ernest II
Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Succeeded by
Charles Edward
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Henry Bentinck
Honorary Colonel of the
1st London Artillery Volunteer Corps

Office abolished
Preceded by
Sir William Dowell
Commander-in-Chief, Channel Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir Algernon de Horsey
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Preceded by
Lord John Hay
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Hoskins