Princess Sophie of Saxe-Hildburghausen

Princess Sophie
Hereditary Princess of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Born (1760-02-22)22 February 1760
Died 28 October 1776(1776-10-28) (aged 16)
Burial Crypt of St. Moritz Church, Coburg
Spouse Francis, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Full name
Ernestine Friederike Sophie
House House of Wettin
Father Ernest Frederick III, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen
Mother Princess Ernestine of Saxe-Weimar
Religion Lutheranism

Princess Sophie of Saxe-Hildburghausen (Ernestine Friederike Sophie; 22 February 1760, Hildburghausen 28 October 1776, Coburg), was a Princess of Saxe-Hildburghausen by birth, and by marriage she became the Hereditary Princess of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld.


Ernestine Friederike Sophie was the daughter of Duke Ernest Frederick III of Saxe-Hildburghausen (1727–1780) and Princess Ernestine of Saxe-Weimar (1740–1786). Her godparents were the Danish royal couple, the King of Poland, and the Regents of the houses of Saxe-Coburg, Saxe-Weimar, Mecklenburg and Württemberg.

On 6 March 1776, she married at the age of 16 (in Hildburghausen) the Hereditary Prince (and later Duke) Francis Frederick Anthony of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. At the time, Francis was already in love with his future wife Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf, but he was unable to break off his engagement with Sophie.

Sophie died of influenza just six months later, on 28 October 1776. She remained childless. She was buried in the crypt of the St. Moritz Church in Coburg.



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