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Wedding No 35
On 20 April 1896 Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, third daughter of Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia married Ernst II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg in Coburg, Germany. .
Alexandra and Ernst were second cousins; their grandmothers, Queen Victoria and Princess Feodora of Leiningen, were half-sisters. Alexandra was also a granddaughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia.
During Alexandra's formative years, it was her mother who was the domineering presence in her life. The duchess believed in marrying her daughters young, before they began to think for themselves. At the end of 1895, she arranged 17 years old Alexandra's engagement to Ernst II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. .
Alexandra's grandmother, Queen Victoria, complained that she was too young. Alexandra's father objected to the status of his future son-in-law. It was not considered a brilliant match, but they were also related. .
Together, they had five children. Alexandra and Ernst lived for the rest of their life in Germany.
In the years preceding World War II, Ernst and Alexandra was an early supporter of the Nazi Party, which they joined in together with several of their children. One of her sons, Gottfried married Princess Margarita of Greece (sister of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh)
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