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Maria Anna of Anhalt-Dessau
Princess Frederick Charles of Prussia
Spouse Prince Frederick Charles of Prussia
Marie, Princess Henry of the Netherlands
Elisabeth Anna, Grand Duchess of Oldenburg
Louise Margaret, Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn
Prince Friedrich Leopold of Prussia
Full name
Maria Anna
House House of Ascania
Father Leopold IV, Duke of Anhalt
Mother Frederica Wilhelmina of Prussia
Born 14 September 1837(1837-09-14)
Died 12 May 1906 (aged 68)

Princess Maria Anna of Anhalt-Dessau (14 September 1837, Dessau – 12 May 1906, Friedrichroda) was a princess from the House of Ascania. She was the third child of Leopold IV, Duke of Anhalt and Frederica Wilhelmina of Prussia.



Maria Anna's paternal grandparents were Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Anhalt-Dessau and Landgravine Amalie of Hesse-Homburg. Her maternal grandparents were Prince Louis Charles of Prussia (brother of King Frederick William III of Prussia) and Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

Maria Anna was a younger sister of Frederick I, Duke of Anhalt and Agnes, Duchess of Saxe-Altenburg.

Marriage and issue

On 29 November 1854 she married Prince Frederick Charles of Prussia. He was a grandson of Frederick William III of Prussia by his father Prince Charles of Prussia. They had four children:

Their marriage was unhappy. After the birth of their fourth daughter, Prince Frederick Charles reportedly boxed his wife's ears for not producing a son. According to one source, it was only by the entreaties of Emperor Wilhelm I that a separation never occurred.[1] Prince Frederick Charles died on 15 June 1885.

Later life

After Prince Frederick Charles' death, Maria Anna left Berlin for Italy, staying mainly in Naples, Rome, and Florence.[2] Rumors soon emerged that Maria Anna contracted a morganatic marriage to Capt. von Wagenheim, one of her equerries.[1]

In 1889, their only son Prince Frederick married Princess Louise Sophie of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg, a sister of Empress Augusta Viktoria.





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