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Charlotte Frederica of Prussia
Hereditary Princess of Saxe-Meiningen
Spouse Georg of Saxe-Meiningen
Issue
Bernhard III, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
Full name
German: Friederike Luise Wilhelmine Marianne Charlotte
House House of Hohenzollern (by birth)
House of Saxe-Meiningen (by marriage)
Father Prince Albert of Prussia
Mother Princess Marianne of the Netherlands
Born 21 June 1831(1831-06-21)
Schönhausen Palace, Berlin
Died 30 March 1855 (aged 23)
Meiningen
Burial English Garden, Meiningen, Thuringia, Germany[1]

Princess Frederica Louise Wilhelmina Marianne Charlotte of Prussia (21 June 1831 - 30 March 1855) was the eldest daughter of Prince Albert of Prussia and Princess Marianne of the Netherlands.[1] She died before her husband Georg of Saxe-Meiningen could succeed as Duke, making her Hereditary Princess of Saxe-Meiningen.

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Family

Charlotte (left) and her younger sister Alexandrine

Charlotte's father Albert was a younger son of Frederick William III of Prussia and Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Her mother Marianne was a daughter of William I of the Netherlands and Wilhelmine of Prussia. Charlotte was a sister of Prince Albert of Prussia, a Prussian general field marshal and later regent of the Duchy of Brunswick.

Marriage and children

In Charlottenburg, Charlotte married Georg of Saxe-Meiningen on 18 May 1850.[2] It was a love match and they had had a short engagement. Among the wedding gifts was an opulent old villa on Lake Como from her mother Marianne. It was renamed the Villa Carlotta in the bride's honor. They spent the next five years in Berlin and Potsdam but returned to Meiningen for the birth of their children.[3]

On 27 January 1855, their second son Georg died. Charlotte would follow him three months later, dying in childbirth.[4] Georg was inconsolable, but would eventually remarry to Feodora of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. He succeeded his father as Duke of Saxe-Meiningen in 1866, seven years after Charlotte's death.

They had four children:

  • Bernhard III, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen(b. Meiningen, 1 April 1851 - d. Meiningen, 16 January 1928).
  • Georg Albrecht (b. Meiningen, 12 April 1852 - d. Meiningen, 27 January 1855)
  • Marie Elisabeth (b. Potsdam, 23 September 1853 - d. Munich, 22 February 1923)
  • a son (b. Meiningen, 29 March 1855 - d. Meiningen, 30 March 1855)

Ancestors

Charlotte's ancestors in three generations
Princess Charlotte Frederica of Prussia Father:
Prince Albert of Prussia
Paternal Grandfather:
Frederick William III of Prussia
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Frederick William II of Prussia
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Frederika Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt
Paternal Grandmother:
Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Charles II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Friederike of Hesse-Darmstadt
Mother:
Princess Marianne of the Netherlands
Maternal Grandfather:
William I of the Netherlands
Maternal Great-grandfather:
William V, Prince of Orange
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Wilhelmina of Prussia, Princess of Orange
Maternal Grandmother:
Wilhelmine of Prussia
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Frederick William II of Prussia
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Frederika Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt

References

  1. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Friederike Luise Wilhelmine Marianne Charlotte Prinzessin von Preußen". http://thepeerage.com/p10400.htm#i103993. Retrieved 16 December 2009.  
  2. ^ Koller, p. 50.
  3. ^ Koller, p. 50.
  4. ^ Koller, p. 51.

Sources

  • Koller, Ann Marie (1984). The Theater Duke: George II of Saxe-Meiningen and the German Stage. Stanford University Press. ISBN 0804711968.  
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