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bluetoria:
Does anyone, please, have any information about Leopold (? of Saxony) son of Philip of S-C-Kohary, & Louise of Beligum. (I have him down as Duke of Saxony...but perhaps he is a Coburg?)
He was born in July 1878 & was reputedly murdered by a woman (? a former lover) in Vienna 27 April 1916.
I'd be grateful for any info...thank you :)

Eurohistory:
Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Kohary linie) [1878-1916] was the eldest child, only son, of Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and his wife, née Princess Louise of Belgium, herslef the eldest daughter of King Leopold II of the Belgians.

Prince Philipp's father, Prince August (1818-1881) was a first cousin of King Leopold II.  Both August and Leopold II were also first cousins to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, all four being grandchildren of Duke Franz Friedrich Anton of Saxe-Saalfeld-Coburg and his second wife, the former Countess Augusta of Reuß-Ebersdorf.

Furthermore, Philipp and Lepold II were also both granbdsons of King Louis Philippe of the French through their mothers: Queen Louise Marie of Belgium and Princess Clementine of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha - both born members of the Orléans family.

As for Prince Leopold he did indeed die from wounds suffered after his mistress attacked him, first shotting him and then throwing acid at him.  However, and contrary to popular belief, Leopold did not die after the attack, as in fact he survived several months of terrible agony.  It seems that he broke off his relationship with this woman for as the eldest of his line and heir to the vast Kohary inheritance in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Leopold needed to produce a legitimate heir from an equal marriage.  The lady in question did not like this and took mad action against her paramour.

Leopold also had a really bad relationship with his mother Louise, as he felt the full brunt of her scandals and infidelities.  In her own memoirs, Louise Coburg expresses almost no regret for her son's fate...all too sad really.

Arturo Beéche

bluetoria:
Thank you, Arturo!
"Hell hath no fury...." A real crime of passion then!!
How terrible to be burned with acid...presumably the scorned woman was arrested?

Marlene:

--- Quote ---Does anyone, please, have any information about Leopold (? of Saxony) son of Philip of S-C-Kohary, & Louise of Beligum. (I have him down as Duke of Saxony...but perhaps he is a Coburg?)
He was born in July 1878 & was reputedly murdered by a woman (? a former lover) in Vienna 27 April 1916.
I'd be grateful for any info...thank you :)
 
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Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Kohary (also Duke of Saxony, as all members of the Saxe branches were dukes/duchesses of Saxony as well.)
He died in a Vienna hospital, "while undergoing an operation" that was intended to repair damage "frightful injuries" caused when a bottle of vitriol was thrown at him.  The acid was hurled at him by a woman "who had been betrayed" by Leopold who had promised a morganatic marriage.  She was the daughter of a Viennese govt offficial - when she found herself abandoned and destitute after this "betrayal", she throw the acid at Leopold and the committed suicide in his presence.  The Washington Post had a story May 28. 1916.

Eurohistory:
Yes she was and sent to prison, it was a terribly messy scandal and put an end to the senior line of the Kohary-Coburg branch.  After Leopold's death in 1916, life was sucked out of Prince Philipp since it deprived him of any possibility of having a direct heir and grandchildren.  Philipp died five years later a broken man.

After Philipp's death in 1921, his share of the Kohary inheritance, one of the largest Europe has ever seen, was divided between his childless daughter Dora and his nephews (August Leopold and Ludwig Gaston) as well as his brother, former King Ferdinand of Bulgaria, who by then was residing in golden exile in Coburg's Burglaßschloßen.

Arturo Beéche

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