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English: Louis IV (Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Karl) (12 September 1837 - 13 March 1892), was the fourth Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, reigning from 13 June 1877 until his death. Through his own and his children's marriages he was connected to the British Royal Family, to the Imperial house of Russia and other royal houses of Europe. On 1 July 1862, Louis married Princess Alice, the third child of Queen Victoria. Following the death of Princess Alice in 1878, Ludwig IV contracted a morganatic marriage on 30 April 1884 with Alexandrina Hutten-Czapska (3 September 1854-8 May 1941), the former wife of Alexander Kolémine, the Russian chargé d'affaires in Darmstadt. His second wife received the title Countess von Romrod. The marriage, which caused great concern within his family, was annulled within a year.


Name Birth Death Notes
By Princess Alice
Princess Victoria 5 April 1863 24 September 1950 married Prince Louis of Battenberg, later Marquess of Milford-Haven; had issue
Princess Elisabeth 1 November 1864 17 July 1918 Took the name Yelisaveta Fyodorovna on her baptism into the Russian Orthodox Church; married Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia (son of Alexander II of Russia); no issue
Princess Irene 11 July 1866 11 November 1953 married Prince Heinrich (son of Emperor Friedrich III of Germany); had issue
Prince Ernst Ludwig 25 November 1868 9 October 1937 Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine (13 March 1892 – 9 November 1918); married (1) HRH Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha; divorced

(2) HH Princess Eleonore zu Solms-Hohensolms-Lich; had issue

Prince Friedrich 7 October 1870 29 May 1873 Suffered from haemophilia and died from internal bleeding after a fall from a window
Princess Alix 6 June 1872 17 July 1918 Took the name Alexandra Feodorovna on her baptism into the Russian Orthodox Church; married Tsar Nicholas II of Russia; had issue
Princess Marie 24 May 1874 16 November 1878 Died of diphtheria
By Alexandrina Hutten-Czapska, Countess von Romrod
no issue


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