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Frederika Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt
Queen of Prussia
Tenure 1786-1797
Spouse Frederick William II of Prussia
Full name
Frederika Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt
House House of Hesse-Darmstadt
House of Hohenzollern
Father Ludwig IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
Mother Caroline of Zweibr├╝cken
Born 16 October 1751
Died 25 February 1805

Frederika Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt (16 October 1751 ÔÇô 25 February 1805) was Queen consort of the Kingdom of Prussia as the second wife of Frederick William II of Prussia.



Frederika Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt was the daughter of Ludwig IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt and Caroline of Zweibr├╝cken. She was born at Prenzlau. She and Frederick were married on 14 July 1769, immediately after his divorce from Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-L├╝neburg. Frederick called her his "Hessische Lieschen", or "Hessian Lizzie".

The marriage was not happy, and the king had numerous mistresses. She became queen of Prussia upon her husband's accession to the throne in 1786, and kept her position for eleven years. Queen Frederika was described by some biographers as eccentric and not very attractive. It was claimed that she saw ghosts and apparitions, and for this reason, she kept reversed hours, sleeping by day and waking by night. However, she was also noted for her great generosity, especially to those in need. She became a widow in 1797, and died in Berlin in 1805.


Although the king had numerous mistresses, he and the queen had the following children:


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Preceded by
Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Bevern
Electress of Brandenburg
Queen of Prussia

1786 ÔÇô 1797
Succeeded by
Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz


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