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Louis IV (Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Karl) (12 September 1837 – 13 March 1892) was the Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, reigning from 13 June 1877 until his death. Through his own and his children's marriages he was connected to the British Royal Family, to the Imperial House of Russia
Imperial House of Russia
and to other reigning dynasties of Europe.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Marriage and children 3 Military career 4 Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine 5 Second marriage 6 Death 7 Ancestry 8 Issue 9 References

Early life[edit] Louis was born at the Prinz-Karl-Palais in Darmstadt, the capital of the Grand Duchy of Hesse
Grand Duchy of Hesse
and by Rhine in the German Confederation, the first son and child of Prince Charles of Hesse and by Rhine
Prince Charles of Hesse and by Rhine
(23 April 1809 – 20 March 1877) and Princess Elisabeth of Prussia
Princess Elisabeth of Prussia
(18 June 1815 – 21 March 1885), granddaughter of King Frederick William II of Prussia. As his father's elder brother Louis III (1806-1877), the reigning Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, had been married to his first wife since 1833 without legitimate children and from 1868 was married morganatically,[1] Prince Louis was from birth second-in-line to the grand ducal throne, after his father. Marriage and children[edit] On 1 July 1862, Louis married Princess Alice, the third child of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, at Osborne House
Osborne House
on the Isle of Wight.[1] On the day of the wedding, the Queen issued a royal warrant granting her new son-in-law the style of Royal Highness
Royal Highness
in the United Kingdom. The Queen also subsequently made Prince Louis a knight of the Order of the Garter. Although an arranged marriage orchestrated by the bride's father Albert, Prince Consort, the couple did have a brief period of courtship before betrothal and wed willingly, even after the death of the Prince Consort left Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
in a protracted state of grief that cast a pall over the nuptials.[2] Becoming parents in less than a year following their marriage, the young royal couple found themselves strapped financially to maintain the lifestyle expected of their rank.[2] Princess Alice's interest in social services, scientific development, hands-on child-rearing, charity and intellectual stimulation were not shared by Louis who, although dutiful and benevolent, was bluff in manner and conventional in his pursuits.[2] The death of the younger of their two sons, Frittie, who was afflicted with hemophilia and suffered a fatal fall from a palace window before his third birthday in 1873, combined with the wearying war relief duties Alice had undertaken in 1870, evoked a crisis of spiritual faith for the princess in which her husband does not appear to have shared.[2] In 1866 the Austrians suffered defeat in the Austro-Prussian War
Austro-Prussian War
and the Hessian grandduchy was in jeopardy of being awarded as the spoils of war to victorious Prussia, which annexed some of Austria's other allies (Hanover, Hesse-Cassel, Nassau), a fate from which Hesse- Darmstadt
Darmstadt
appears to have been spared only by a cession of territory and the close dynastic kinship between its ruler and the Emperor of Russia (Alexander II's consort, Empress Maria Alexandrovna, was the sister of Hesse's Grand Duke Louis III and of Prince Charles).[2] In the Franco-Prussian War
Franco-Prussian War
provoked by Bismarck's manipulation of the Ems telegram in 1870, Hesse and by Rhine this time found itself a winning ally of Prussia's, and Prince Louis was credited with courageous military service, especially at the Battle of Gravelotte,[2] which also afforded him the opportunity of mending the previous war's grievances with the House of Hohenzollern
House of Hohenzollern
by fighting on the same side as his brother-in-law and future emperor, Prince Frederick of Prussia. In March 1877, Louis became heir presumptive to the Hessian throne when his father died and, less than three months later, found himself reigning grand duke upon the demise of his uncle, Louis III.[1] A year and a half later, however, Grand Duke Louis was stricken with diphtheria along with most of his immediate family, from which he recovered but to which his four-year-old daughter Marie succumbed, along with his wife of 16 years.[2] From then on, he reigned and raised his five surviving children alone. The couple had seven children:[1]

Victoria Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven (5 April 1863 – 24 September 1950) Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia (1 November 1864 – 18 July 1918) Princess Irene of Prussia (11 July 1866 – 11 November 1953) Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine
Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine
(25 November 1868 – 9 October 1937) Prince Friedrich of Hesse and by Rhine
Prince Friedrich of Hesse and by Rhine
(7 October 1870 – 29 May 1873) Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia (6 June 1872 – 17 July 1918) Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine (24 May 1874 – 16 November 1878)

Military career[edit] During the Austro-Prussian War
Austro-Prussian War
of 1866, Louis commanded the Hessian cavalry in support of the Austrian side.[2] In the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War, Louis led the Hessian contingent of the armies of the North German Confederation. Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine[edit] On 13 June 1877, he succeeded his uncle as Grand Duke of Hesse, taking the name "Ludwig IV".[1] Second marriage[edit] Grand Duchess Alice having died in 1878, Louis IV contracted a morganatic marriage on 30 April 1884 in Darmstadt
Darmstadt
(on the eve of the wedding of his eldest daughter, for which Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
and other relatives of his first wife were gathered in the Hessian capital) with Countess Alexandrina Hutten-Czapska (3 September 1854 – 8 May 1941), the former wife of Aleksander Kolemin, the Russian chargé d'affaires in Darmstadt.[1] His second wife received the title Countess von Romrod. But the couple, facing objections from the Grand Duke's in-laws, separated within a week and the marriage was annulled within three months.[1] Death[edit] Grand Duke Ludwig IV died on 13 March 1892 of a heart attack[3] by in the New Palace in Darmstadt
Darmstadt
and was succeeded by his son, Ernest Louis.[2] His remains are buried at Rosenhöhe, the mausoleum for the Grand Ducal House outside of Darmstadt.

The Equestrian statue of Ludwig IV on the Friedensplace in Darmstadt

Ancestry[edit]

Ancestors of Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse

16. Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt

8. Louis I, Grand Duke of Hesse
Louis I, Grand Duke of Hesse
and by Rhine

17. Countess Palatine Caroline of Zweibrücken

4. Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine

18. Prince George William of Hesse-Darmstadt

9. Princess Louise of Hesse-Darmstadt

19. Countess Maria Louise Albertine of Leiningen-Falkenburg-Dagsburg

2. Prince Charles of Hesse and by Rhine

20. Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Baden

10. Charles Louis, Hereditary Prince of Baden

21. Princess Caroline Louise of Hesse-Darmstadt

5. Princess Wilhelmine of Baden

22. Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse- Darmstadt
Darmstadt
(= 16)

11. Princess Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt

23. Countess Palatine Caroline of Zweibrücken
Countess Palatine Caroline of Zweibrücken
(= 17)

1. Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse
Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse
and by Rhine

24. Prince Augustus William of Prussia

12. Frederick William II of Prussia

25. Duchess Louise Amalie of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

6. Prince Wilhelm of Prussia

26. Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse- Darmstadt
Darmstadt
(= 16 , 22)

13. Princess Frederica Louise of Hesse-Darmstadt

27. Countess Palatine Caroline of Zweibrücken
Countess Palatine Caroline of Zweibrücken
(= 17 , 23)

3. Princess Elisabeth of Prussia

28. Frederick IV, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg

14. Frederick V, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg

29. Countess Ulrike Louise of Solms-Braunfels

7. Princess Maria Anna of Hesse-Homburg

30. Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse- Darmstadt
Darmstadt
(= 16, 22 , 26)

15. Princess Caroline of Hesse-Darmstadt

31. Countess Palatine Caroline of Zweibrücken
Countess Palatine Caroline of Zweibrücken
(= 17 , 23 , 27)

Issue[edit] See also: Grandchildren of Victoria and Albert

Image Name Birth Death Notes

Victoria Alberta Elisabeth Mathilde Marie 5 April 1863 24 September 1950 m. April 30, 1884 Prince Louis of Battenberg, later Marquess of Milford-Haven (May 24, 1854-September 11, 1921); 2 sons, 2 daughters (including Queen Louise of Sweden). She was the maternal grandmother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, consort of Queen Elizabeth II.

Elisabeth Alexandra Louise Alice 1 November 1864 18 July 1918 Took the name Yelisaveta Fyodorovna on her baptism into the Russian Orthodox Church; m. June 15, 1884 Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia (May 11, 1857-February 17, 1905), the seventh child and fifth son of Tsar Alexander II of Russia; had no issue

Irene Louise Marie Anne 11 July 1866 11 November 1953 m. May 24, 1888 Prince Henry of Prussia (August 14, 1862-April 20, 1929), son of Frederick III, German Emperor; had 3 sons. Irene passed hemophilia on to two of her three sons: Prince Waldemar of Prussia and Prince Henry of Prussia.

Ernest Louis Charles Albert William 25 November 1868 9 October 1937 Succeeded as Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, 13 March 1892  abdicated 9 November 1918; m. (1), April 9, 1894 his first cousin HRH Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
(November 25, 1876-March 2, 1936); 1 son (stillborn) and 1 daughter, div. December 21, 1901. m. (2), February 2, 1905, HH Princess Eleonore of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich (September 17, 1871-November 16, 1937); 2 sons.

Friedrich William Augustus Victor Leopold Louis 7 October 1870 29 May 1873 Suffered from haemophilia and died from internal bleeding after a fall from a window at age two and a half.

Alix Victoria Helena Louise Beatrice 6 June 1872 17 July 1918 Took the name Alexandra Feodorovna on her baptism into the Russian Orthodox Church; m. November 26, 1894 Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
Nicholas II of Russia
(May 18, 1868-July 17, 1918); 1 son and 4 daughters. Their only son, Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich of Russia, suffered from hemophilia.

Marie Victoria Feodore Leopoldine 24 May 1874 16 November 1878 Died of diphtheria at age four.

References[edit]

^ a b c d e f g Willis, Daniel A., ‘’The Descendants of King George I of Great Britain’’, Clearfield Company, 2002, p. 717. ISBN 0-8063-5172-1 ^ a b c d e f g h i Eilers, Marlene. Queen Victoria's Descendants. Rosvall Royal Books, Falkoping, Sweden, 1997. pp. 49-50. 141, 175. ISBN 91-630-5964-9 ^ Greg King (1994) The Last Empress: The Life & Times of Alexandra Feodorovna, Tsarina of Russia, page 39

Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse House of Hesse-Darmstadt Born: 12 September 1837 Died: 13 March 1892

German royalty

Preceded by Louis III Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine 1877–1892 Succeeded by Ernest Louis

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Princes of Hesse and by Rhine

1st Generation

Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse Prince Georg Prince Friedrich Prince Emil Prince Gustav

2nd Generation

Louis III, Grand Duke of Hesse Prince Charles Prince Alexander

3rd Generation

Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse Prince Heinrich Prince Wilhelm

4th Generation

Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse Prince Friedrich Prince Charles Prince Elim

5th Generation

Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse Prince Louis

6th Generation

Prince Ludwig Prince Alexander

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 77099265 LCCN: n82079618 ISNI: 0000 0000 2378 1162 GND: 11767026X BNF: cb16244434j (da

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