Prince Carl of Leiningen, cofounder and first president of the Adelsverein, son of Prince Emich Carl II and Marie Luise Victoria (née Princess of Saxony-Coburg-Saalfeld and Duchess of Saxony), was born on the royal family estate in Amorbach, between Mannheim and Würzburg, Germany, on September 12, 1804. After receiving his basic education from private tutors he attended a private school in Bern, Switzerland. From 1821 to 1823 he studied law at the University of Göttingen. During these years he spent his summer vacations in England with his mother, by then the Duchess of Kent, and with his younger half sister, Princess Victoria, the future queen of Great Britain. From 1823, when he assumed the hereditary reign over the small territory of Amorbach, until 1840, Prince Carl was not politically active. He devoted himself chiefly to the administration and development of his domains, to the construction of Waldleiningen, a new residence, and to his young family.
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