Louise Eleonore zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg

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Louise Eleonore zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born August 11, 1763 in Langenburg , † April 30, 1837 in Meiningen ) was duchess and regent of Saxony-Meiningen from 1803 to 1821 .

Louise Eleonore zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Duchess of Saxony-Meiningen


Louise Eleonore was a daughter of Prince Christian Albrecht Ludwig zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg and his wife Karoline, Countess zu Stolberg-Gedern (1732–1796). On November 27, 1782, she married Duke Georg I of Saxony-Meiningen in Langenburg .

When her husband died on December 24, 1803, she took over the government of the duchy as guardian of her son Bernhard II. Erich Freund . Due to the Napoleonic turmoil, the country was forced to join the Rhine Confederation in 1806 and provide troops. After the end of the war there was famine in the duchy, which Louise Eleonore tried to counteract by importing grain.

By consolidating the land she made the land easier to manage and opened the Bernhardinum grammar school in Meiningen in 1821, which had already been started during her husband's lifetime . She raised her children carefully and introduced them to the pedagogue Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi on a trip to Italy .

Her daughter Adelheid married the future King William IV of Great Britain and Ireland. Special taxes had to be waived in the country for the bride's enormous trousseau. After her son came of age, Louise Eleonore went on several trips, including to England to see her daughter, with whom she had a very intimate relationship. Bernhard II had a Wittumspalais , today's Great Palace , built for them in Meiningen by 1823 .


⚭ 1818 the future King Wilhelm IV. King of Great Britain (1765–1837)
  • Ida (1794-1852)
⚭ 1816 Duke Karl Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1792–1862)
⚭ 1825 Princess Marie of Hessen-Kassel (1804–1888)


  • L. Hertel: Writings of the association for Saxony-Meiningen history and regional studies. Hildburghausen 1903.