Christian Friedrich Carl Alexander


His parents were Charles William Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, and Friederike Luise of Prussia, daughter of King Frederick William I of Prussia, sister of Frederick II of Prussia, a granddaughter of the British King George I and niece of the reigning British King George II (who would die aged 77 and leave his grandson, Charles’s second cousin, as King George III, when Charles was 24).

After the sudden death of his elder brother Carl Frederick August on 9 May 1737, “Alexander”, as he later called himself, became Crown Prince of the principality. From 1748 to 1759, he studied at Utrecht. As the young “Count of Sayn” (the county of Sayn-Altenkirchen in the Westerwald having been absorbed into the Principality of Ansbach in 1741) he travelled to Turin and Savoy.[b]

On 22 November 1754, in Coburg, Alexander married Princess Frederica Caroline of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1735–1791), daughter of Franz Josias, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, and Anne Sophia, Princess of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt.



Wiedfeld & Mehl Ansbach

1995, gebonden hardcover, 314pp, 24×17.5cm