This item is certified authentic by JG Autographs and comes with their Certificate of Authenticity. Prince Christian of Hesse. (Christian Ludwig Friedrich Adolf Alexis Wilhelm Ferdinand ; 16 June 1889 19 October 1971) was a member of the House of. And a German naval officer until he resigned his commission during World War I in protest at Germany’s policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. As a member of the. In order to distinguish between the various branches of the house, the designation -Philippsthal-Barchfeld was sometimes added to the end of the princely title. Prince Christian, the youngest of Prince Wilhelm of Hesse’s ten children, was born at. He was the only child from his father’s fourth marriage with Princess Auguste of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, the eldest daughter of. Prince Christian was closely related to the British, Danish, Greek and Russian royal families through his mother, who was a first cousin of. Leopold IV, Prince of Lippe. In 1905, Prince Christian’s elder half brother. Inherited the family’s wealth and assets when he succeeded their uncle. As head of the House of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld due to the children of their father’s first. Marriage, the Princes and Princesses von Ardeck, being excluded from the succession. Prince Christian joined the. On 20 March 1905. In the summer of 1912 he was a. The prince wrote an open letter to. Criticising Germany’s campaign of. Before resigning his commission in protest. Prince Christian was a relative of Emperor. Nicholas II of Russia. Their mothers being first cousins, and before the outbreak of the war a marriage between the prince and the Emperor’s oldest daughter. Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna. Was speculated on, with the match being seen as a way to increase German influence in Russia. However nothing would ever come of this and in December 1914 Prince Christian’s engagement with Elizabeth Reid Rogers, the daughter of. The couple had first met about a year previously at a ball in. After which her family travelled to Berlin for an extended stay, enabling the prince to renew his courtship. Unlike other American society girls who had married European royalty and nobility in the 19th and 20th centuries, Prince Christian’s fiancée was not particularly wealthy, but was born of influential father. Prince Christian and Elizabeth were married on 14 January 1915 at the. As Elizabeth was not of equal birth, the marriage was morganatic, meaning that she and any future children would be unable to share Prince Christian’s title and rank. To compensate for this, on the day of the wedding Prince Christian’s kinsman the reigning. Grand Duke of Hesse. Bestowed the title Baroness von Barchfeld on Elizabeth. Prince Christian and Elizabeth went on to have four children: Elisabeth Auguste (19152003), Richard Christian (19171985), Waldemar (19192002) and Marie Louise Olga (19211999). With the permission of his brother Landgrave Chlodwig, on 14 November 1921 it was declared that Prince Christian’s wife and children were permitted to title themselves Prinz/Prinzessin von Hessen (Prince/Princess of Hesse). After the war Prince Christian and his family lived for a time in. And the United States, before acquiring a villa in. The prince was close to the British Royal Family both before and after the First World War. In 1925, after attending the funeral of his cousin Queen Alexandra, he became the first person of German origin in the post-war period to dine with. S rise to power in Germany, a number of Prince Christian’s Hessian relatives, including various nephews and nieces, joined the. However the prince and his family were not among them and in 1941 the Nazis stripped Prince Christian, his wife and their children of their German citizenship, although no reason was given in the announcement. Prince Christian would later acquire Swiss nationality. On 2 February 1957, Prince Christian’s wife Elizabeth died at Cannes. His second marriage was childless. Prince Christian spent his last years travelling, visiting his second wife’s native Australia in 1962. He died aged 84 while holidaying with his wife in Geneva. The item “Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld Prince Christian Hand Written Letter JG Autograph” is in sale since Saturday, September 14, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Historical Memorabilia\Royalty Collectibles”. The seller is “historicsellsmemorabilia” and is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 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