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    Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Leopold Charles Edward George Albert; German: Carl Eduard Georg Albert Luitpold; 19 July 1884 – 6 March 1954) was the fourth and last reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, two duchies in Germany (from 30 July 1900 to 14 November 1918). A male-line grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, he was also a Prince of the United Kingdom and held the title of Duke of Albany.

    The Duke was a controversial figure in the United Kingdom due to his status as Sovereign Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, part of the German Empire, during World War I. He was deprived of his British peerages, his title of Prince and Royal Highness and his British honours in 1919.[1] In 1918, he was forced to abdicate his ducal throne. He also later joined the German Nazi Party. This caused considerable embarrassment to his only sister, who nevertheless remained loyal to him for the rest of his life, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, her sister-in-law, Queen Mary and their cousin George V.

    Although Carl Eduard was too old for active service during World War II, his three sons served in Germany's armed forces. His second son, Hubertus was killed in action in 1943 on the eastern front in a plane crash.

    As president of the German Red Cross, Charles Edward became embroiled in Hitler's policies for cleansing his adopted homeland of what he considered to be undesirables. A recent British Channel 4 television documentary (6 December 2007) claimed that Charles Edward knew about the euthanasia programme that killed 100,000 disabled people in Germany and must have been aware, at least after Kristallnacht, of the existence of the Final Solution.

    The former Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha spent the last years of his life in seclusion. In 1953, he travelled to a local cinema to watch the coronation of his cousin's granddaughter, Elizabeth II. He died a penniless convicted criminal in 1954 as the older one of only two surviving male grandchildren of Queen Victoria.
     
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