Bernhard III, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen

Bernhard III
Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
Reign 25 June 1914 – 10 November 1918
Predecessor Georg II
Successor Office abolished
Head of the House of Saxe-Meiningen
Reign 1918–1928
Predecessor Georg II
Successor Prince Ernst
Born (1851-04-01)1 April 1851
Died 16 January 1928(1928-01-16) (aged 76)
Burial Altenstein Castle, Germany
Spouse Princess Charlotte of Prussia
Issue Feodora, Princess Heinrich XXX Reuss of Köstritz
Full name
Bernhard III Friedrich Wilhelm Albrecht Georg
House Saxe-Meiningen
Father Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
Mother Princess Charlotte of Prussia
Religion Lutheranism

Bernhard III Friedrich Wilhelm Albrecht Georg, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen (b. Meiningen, 1 April 1851 – d. Meiningen, 16 January 1928), was the last reigning duke of Saxe-Meiningen.

He was the eldest son of Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen and his first wife Princess Charlotte of Prussia. He had one full sister, Princess Marie Elisabeth, and several half-brothers by his father's second marriage.


Bernhard assumed the duchy of Saxe-Meiningen after the death of his father in 1914. His short reign was affected by World War I. When Germany lost the war, all the German princes lost their titles and states. Bernhard was forced to abdicate as duke on 10 November 1918, and spent the rest of his life in his former country as a private citizen.


He married in Berlin on 18 February 1878 Princess Charlotte of Prussia, his second cousin, daughter of Frederick III, German Emperor and granddaughter of the Queen Victoria. They had one daughter:

Titles, styles, honours, and arms


Georg I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
Bernhard II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
Princess Louise Eleanore of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
William II, Elector of Hesse
Princess Marie Frederica of Hesse-Kassel
Princess Augusta of Prussia
Bernhard III, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
Frederick William III of Prussia
Prince Albert of Prussia
Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Princess Charlotte of Prussia
William I of the Netherlands
Princess Marianne of the Netherlands
Princess Wilhelmine of Prussia

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Bernhard III, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
Cadet branch of the House of Wettin
Born: 1 April 1851 Died: 16 January 1928
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Georg II
Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
25 June 1914 – 10 November 1918
Office abolished
Titles in pretence
Loss of title
Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
10 November 1918 – 16 January 1928
Succeeded by
Prince Ernst
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