He used his family relations with the English court, derived through the marriage of Count Emmanuel Mensdorff-Pouilly (1777-1862) with Queen Victoria's aunt, Princess Sophia of Saxe-Coburg, his friendship with Edward VII.
It was for this reason that the name of Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, the widower of Princess Charlotte of England, had not been placed among the candidates in January.
Having refused an appointment in Paris under the Polignac ministry, he went on a special mission to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg.
It was then offered to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, widower of the princess Charlotte of England, and accepted by him.
In Saxe-Coburg, the towns of Coburg and Neustadt have separate and peculiar municipal constitutions.