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|Prince of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Koháry
Duke in Saxony
|Spouse||Princess Clémentine of Orléans|
Prince Ludwig August
Clotilde, Archduchess Joseph Karl of Austria
Amalie, Duchess in Bavaria
Ferdinand I of Bulgaria
|August Ludwig Viktor|
|House||House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha|
|Father||Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha|
|Mother||Maria Antonia Koháry|
13 June 1818|
|Died||26 July 1881
|Burial||St. Augustine's Church, Coburg|
August Louis Victor of Saxe-Coburg-Koháry (German: August Ludwig Viktor; 13 June 1818 – 26 July 1881), was a German prince in the Catholic Koháry branch of the house of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. He was a General Major in the army of Saxony and the owner of Čábráď and Štiavnica, both in modern day Slovakia.
Prince August Ludwig Viktor of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, was the second son of Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Saalfeld. Following the 1826 re-distribution in the House of Wettin of the Ernestine duchies, his dynastic suffix became "of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha". His mother was Princess Maria Antonia Koháry, the daughter and heiress of Ferenc József, Prince Koháry de Csábrág et Szitnya. When Antonia's father died in 1826, she inherited his estates in Slovakia and Hungary. Prince August was a younger brother of King-Consort Ferdinand II of Portugal, a nephew of Leopold I of Belgium, and a first cousin of Britain's Queen Victoria.
In Saint-Cloud on 20 April 1843 August married Princess Clémentine of Orléans, daughter of Louis Philippe, King of the French, and of his wife, Princess Maria Amalia of the Two Sicilies. The couple lived in Palais Coburg in Vienna. He also owned Bürglaß Castle in Coburg. When his mother died in 1862, he inherited her extensive landholdings in Hungary and became one of the largest landowners in the country.
He was an honorary member of the Hungarian Geological Society. Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria gave him the style Highness, because he was the father-in-law of the sister of Princess Stéphanie, the wife of the Austrian Crown Prince Rudolf.
Prince August built a Catholic church in Coburg. It was consecrated in 1860 and was named St. Augustine. He was later buried in the crypt below this church, as were his wife, his three sons, his daughter-in-law Leopoldina and her four sons.
August was a recipient of the Grand Cross of the Saxe-Ernestine House Order, the Portuguese royal Order of the Tower and Sword, the French Legion of Honour and the Belgian royal Order of Leopold. Furthermore, he was a knight of honour and devotion in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
In 1885, the Hungarian sculptor Viktor Tilgner was commissioned to create a memorial for the late Prince August. The sculpture still stands on private land in Ebenthal owned by the Saxe-Coburg ducal family. The base of the sculpture contains a Latin inscription and a text in French: Auguste Louis Victor Duc de Saxe Prince de Saxe Cobourg Gotha. A mon mari bien aimè. 1843 - 1881. Clémentine. ("August Louis Victor, Duke of Saxony, Prince of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. To my beloved husband." — 1843 is not the year August was born (he was born in 1818), but rather the year he married Clémentine).
On 2 May 1881 Franz Joseph I of Austria gave August the style Hoheit, a higher style in Germany than the Durchlaucht to which Ernestine princes were entitled. The reason for the grant was that eight days later Princess Stéphanie of Belgium (younger sister of August's daughter-in-law Louise) was to marry Franz Joseph's son Crown Prince Rudolf. Franz Joseph considered it appropriate that his sons-in-law have a higher rank at the Austrian court.
Prince August is buried in St. Augustine's Church in Coburg.
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