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King Karl I of Wurtemberg Obituary Queen Olga Charles German History

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King Karl I of Wurtemberg Obituary Queen Olga Charles German History

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King Karl I of Wurtemberg Obituary Queen Olga Charles

Own a piece of history!  This 123+ year old ORIGINAL vintage article, Wurtembergs Dead King, was carefully removed from the Illustrated American Magazine, published in 1891.  Article is 2 page with 3 illustrations.  Page size is 9 x12" (00224)  2/14

Condition: Good Condition with some light toning and soiling to the pages due to age.

Illustrations include:

  • The Late King Karl I. of Wurtemberg
  • Queen Olga of Wurtemberg
  • The Schloss Platz at Stuttgart

Charles (German: Karl Friedrich Alexander, König von Württemberg) was the third King of Württemberg, from 25 June 1864 until his death in 1891.
On 13 July 1846 he married Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaievna of Russia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas I and Charlotte of Prussia. Charlotte was a daughter of Frederick William III of Prussia and Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. She took the name Alexandra upon her marriage. Karl acceded to the throne upon his father's death in 1864.
Infant Karl with his mother, Pauline, by Stieler.

The couple had no children, perhaps because of Karl's homosexuality. Karl became the object of scandal several times for his closeness with various men. The most notorious of these was the American Charles Woodcock, a former chamberlain whom Karl elevated to Baron Savage in 1888. Karl and Charles became inseparable, going so far as to appear together in public dressed identically. The resulting outcry forced Karl to renounce his favorite. Woodcock returned to America, and Karl found private consolation some years later with the technical director of the royal theater, Wilhelm George.

In 1870, Olga and Karl adopted Olga's niece Vera Konstantinova, the daughter of her brother Grand Duke Konstantin.

Under Charles' leadership, Württemberg became, in 1871, part of the German Empire.

He died, childless, at Stuttgart on 6 October 1891, and was succeeded as King of Württemberg by his agnatic cousin, his sister's son, William II of Württemberg. He rests, together with his wife, in the Old Castle in Stuttgart.

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