June 30, 1928
Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig IV of Hesse and by Rhine once ruled "over a territory about one-third the size of New Jersey, until he he lost his throne in the revolution that followed the end of the world war in November 1918.
According to the AP's dispatch, "lawyers have grown fat in the ten years it has taken to settle the financial details connected with the grand duke's abdication." Ernst Ludwig has "finally relinquished all claims on land and other property estimated worth $6,000,000," which is now owned by the free state of Hesse. In return for this renunciation, the former Grand Duke, a grandson of Queen Victorlia, will receive $250,000 in cash, and a total of $8,000,000 "spread over a period of 20 years." This means, Ernst Ludwig will have an annual allowance of about $400,000 a year.
His mother, Alice, was the second daughter and third child of Queen Victoria. His eldest sister, Victoria, is married to the former Prince Louis of Battenberg, who, in 1917, was created Marquess of Milford Haven. Another sister, Irene, married Prince Henry of Prussia, younger brother of the Kaiser. Two sisters, Elisabeth and Alix, married into the Russian Imperial family. Elisabeth, known as Ella, was the wife of Grand Duke Serge, and Alix was the consort of Nicholas II. Both sisters were killed by the Bolsheviks in July 1918.
Ernst Ludwig and his second wife, Eleonore, have two sons, Georg Donatus, and Ludwig.