Karl, King of Württemberg

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Karl, King of Württemberg Gender: M
Karl Friedrich Alexander
born on 6 March 1823 at 06:00 (= 06:00 AM )
Place Stuttgart, Germany, 48n46, 9e11
Timezone LMT m9e11 (is local mean time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 14°52' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 00°24 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 25°37'

King of Württemberg Karl


King of Württemberg, from 25 June 1864 until his death on 6 October 1891. He was the son of Wilhelm I, King of Württemberg (1781–1864) and his third wife (and first cousin) Pauline Therese of Württemberg (1800–1873).

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.

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.

He sided with Austria in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, but after the battle of Sadowa concluded a secret military treaty with Prussia, and took part on her side in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71, joining the new German Empire at the close of 1870.

He died in Stuttgart on 6 October 1891, and was succeeded as King of Württemberg by his sister's son, Wilhelm II.

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  • Relationship : Marriage 13 July 1846 (Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaievna of Russia)
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  • Work : Gain social status 25 June 1864 (Crowned King of Württemberg)
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  • Family : Adopted a child 1870 (Vera Konstantinova)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "Württembergische Jahrbücher für Statistik und Landeskunde," 1823, p. 15: "Am 6. März des Jahres 1823 gaben uns die össentlichen Blätter Stuttgarts solgende frohe Kunde: „Ihre Majestät die Königinn sind heute frühe um 6 Uhr von einem Prinzen entbunden worden" (translation: On the 6th of March, 1823, the public papers of Stuttgart gave us the following glad tidings: "Her Majesty the Queen was delivered at six o'clock in the morning of a prince...).


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (One adopted)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Gay
  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (House of Württemberg)