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Princess Feodora of Saxe-Meiningen
Princess Reuss of Köstritz
Spouse Prince Heinrich XXX of Reuss-Köstritz
Full name
Feodora Victoria Auguste Marie Marianne
Father Bernhard III, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
Mother Charlotte of Prussia
Born 19 May 1879(1879-05-19)
Died 26 August 1945 (aged 66)
Hirschberg, Silesia

Princess Feodora of Saxe-Meiningen (Feodora Victoria Auguste Marie Marianne) (19 May 1879 – 26 August 1945) was born at Potsdam, was the only child of Bernhard III, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen and his wife Charlotte of Prussia (the eldest daughter of Frederick III, German Emperor and Victoria, Princess Royal). She was also the first great-grandchild of Queen Victoria.



She was regularly neglected by her mother, Charlotte, and often looked after by her grandmother, Victoria, Princess Royal. When Charlotte was present, she often referred to her young daughter as "stupid"; something that greatly distressed Princess Victoria. She once wrote to her own mother, Queen Victoria, expressing her concern for Feodora's upbringing.


At Breslau on 26 September 1898 Feodora married Prince Heinrich XXX Reuss of Köstritz (1864–1939) but had no children, a source of great distress for her.


Feodora suffered from a lifetime of ill-health, believed to be porphyria inherited from her maternal great-great-great-grandfather George III of the United Kingdom, after recent medical tests were carried out on her remains and those of her mother.

Last years

Feodora of Reuss spent her last years at the Sanatorium Buchwald-Hohenwiese, Hirschberg, Silesia. Tiring of years of illness and dubious treatment - and possibly also as a result of the Potsdam Conference ceding SW Silesia to Poland - she committed suicide at aged 66 on 26 August 1945).



  • Röhl, John C. G.; Warren, Martin; Hunt, David (1998). Purple Secret: Genes, "Madness" and the Royal Houses of Europe. London: Bantam Press. ISBN 0-593-04148-8.  


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