Victoria Melita of Edinburgh

Born Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh.

She was styled Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha after her father ascended to this Duchy in 1893. Named for her grandmother Queen Victoria and her birthplace Malta. She was known as “Ducky” to her family.

Daughter of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, who succeded as Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1893 (1844-1900) and his wife Maria Alexandrovna, Grand Duchess of Russia (1853-1920)

Born: San Antonio Palace, Malta 25. Nov 1876

Christened: San Antonio Palace, Malta 1. Jan 1877

Godmother: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (paternal grandmother)


  1. Schloss Ehrenburg, Coburg 9. Apr 1894 (div. 1901) Ernst Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine (1868-1937), her first cousin, son of Ludwig IV. Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine (1837-1892) and Princess Alice of the United Kingdom (1843-1878)

  2. Tegernsee, Bavaria 8. Oct 1905 Kirill Vladimirovich, Grand Duke of Russia (1876-1938), her first cousin, son of Vladimir Alexandrovich, Grand Duke of Russia (1847-1909) and Marie (Maria Pavlovna), Princess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1854-1920)

Issue of first marriage:

Issue of second marriage:

Died: Amorbach, Bavaria 2. Mar 1936 after suffering a stroke

Buried: Schloss Rosenau (Rosenau Castle), Coburg, Bavaria; her remains were later transferred to the Grand Ducal Mausoleum of the Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Petersburg after the Fall of the Soviet Union.



Marlene A. Eilers ”Queen Victoria’s Descendants”, Rosvall Royal Books 1997;  Alison Weir: “Britain’s Royal Families”, Vintage Books 2008; Detlev Schwennicke "Europäische Stammtafeln. Neue Folgen", Vol. III/1, 1983, Verlag J. A. Stargaardt; for christening see Yvonne Demoskoff: Yvonne’s Royalty Home Page