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Old 11-02-2007, 11:40 AM
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The opening of the television series , about Prince Alexander. I forgot the plot but I remember a scene in the end where Wilhelmina and Juliana were burning a box that contained letters of the Prince. I believe this was based on a rumour. I also recall that there was a freule Roell who was an anarchist and that a doctor was treating a mental patient who said he was Alexander. What I remember best however were the scenes of Carine Crutzen as Queen Sophie, the best Dutch actress of her generation IMO.
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A plaque at Willemstad,Curacao,Netherlands Antilles,in remembrance of abolishing slavery by HM King Willem III.
http://www.royalimages.nl/search.pp?...20willem%20iii
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Post Sophie of Wurttenberg - Names of Her Ladies in Waiting?

My great grandmother was reputedly a Lady in Waiting to Sophie of Wurttenberg sometime between 1870 and 1877. Is there a source available in which the names of her ladies in waiting might be listed? My great grandmother was French but in time married a Prussian, took the married name Schieck, and moved to Germany. In 1885, she and her children immigrated to the United States. There names were Paul(e) Schieck (F 1853), Joseph (M 1885), Marga (F 1882), Paula (F 1880), Ottelie (F 1880), Marie Teresa (F 1877). Any leads you might have for me would be most appreciated.
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Old 01-24-2011, 02:13 AM
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My great grandmother was reputedly a Lady in Waiting to Sophie of Wurttenberg sometime between 1870 and 1877. Is there a source available in which the names of her ladies in waiting might be listed? My great grandmother was French but in time married a Prussian, took the married name Schieck, and moved to Germany. In 1885, she and her children immigrated to the United States. There names were Paul(e) Schieck (F 1853), Joseph (M 1885), Marga (F 1882), Paula (F 1880), Ottelie (F 1880), Marie Teresa (F 1877). Any leads you might have for me would be most appreciated.
You have to do better then this.Best way is to find a good geneology site and look under your great grandmothers maiden name and then go from there.There are so many with a claim to this that and another thing,n'importe pas,we really couldn't go into.
There isn't all that much known of the Ladies in Waiting of Queen Sophie either.
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There's a book with edited letters from Queen Sophie to Lady Malet, maybe you find a hint in there:

Sophie of Württemberg. A Stranger in The Hague: The Letters of Queen Sophie of the Netherlands to Lady Malet, 1842-1877. S.W. Jackson and Hella Haasse (eds.). Duke University Press. 1989.
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Old 01-24-2011, 02:31 AM
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There's a book with edited letters from Queen Sophie to Lady Malet, maybe you find a hint in there:

Sophie of Württemberg. A Stranger in The Hague: The Letters of Queen Sophie of the Netherlands to Lady Malet, 1842-1877. S.W. Jackson and Hella Haasse (eds.). Duke University Press. 1989.
Yes I know,Lady Malet was the wife of the British Ambassador and an equal blabbermouth as the Queen,
but not a Lady in Waiting to Queen Sophie.
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Yes I know,Lady Malet was the wife of the British Ambassador and an equal blabbermouth as the Queen,
but not a Lady in Waiting to Queen Sophie.
There is a very old and noble German family "von Schieck" which have roots in Saxony, Baden and Wuerttemberg. As queen Sophie spent a lot of her time not in the Netherlands, but at home in Stuttgart, it could well be that a Frau von Schieck served as her lady-in-waiting and is mentioned in these letters.
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There is a very old and noble German family "von Schieck" which have roots in Saxony, Baden and Wuerttemberg. As queen Sophie spent a lot of her time not in the Netherlands, but at home in Stuttgart, it could well be that a Frau von Schieck served as her lady-in-waiting and is mentioned in these letters.
Ladies-in-Waiting were appointed in & lived in The Netherlands.At home was The Hague.A mere Frau von this or that would not have been elevated to the ranks of Ladies-in-Waiting at Court.With all due respect,but she must have been of the lower aristocracy,if any.
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Ladies-in-Waiting were appointed in & lived in The Netherlands.At home was The Hague.A mere Frau von this or that would not have been elevated to the ranks of Ladies-in-Waiting at Court.With all due respect,but she must have been of the lower aristocracy,if any.
Okay, several German sources about Sophie of Würrtemberg, queen of The Netherlands, say that because of the unhappiness of her marriage the queen spend a lot of her time with her parents and siblings in Stuttgart. Which was not so uncommon, just think of empress Elisabeth of Austria, who spend long months away from Vienna. Elisabeth, too, had a lady-in-waiting which was only of the lower aristocracy (Ida von Ferenczy) but was very close to her.

From a new biography, published in 2010:
In 1855 Sophie spend the whole summer and autumn in Stuttgart and on the estates of her family in Wuerttemberg. Meanwhile her father and husband worked out a contract which granted the queen, for whom divorce obviously was not an option, a judicial seperation from her husband. The contract was signed on 25. december 1955 by queen Sophie, Prince Frederick of Orange, the then minister of justice Donker Curtius and the private secretaries of king and queen. The contract stated that king and queen had to turn up together for official events but had seperate rooms at the palace of The Hague and in summer, when Sophie was in residence in Huis ten Bosch, the king did not come there but left her alone.

Each year she spent months in spring and autumn in Stuttgart, staying with her father and step-mother at the Neue Schloß (New Palace) where she was allowed to hold court as she liked.

All information about her is from the new biography by historian Sabine Thomson: "Goldene Bräute" (Golden Brides - Princesses of Wuerttemberg on European thrones), Silberburg Verlag, Tübingen, 2010.

The author writes that Sophie in the beginning had two ladies-in-waiting, Miss "von Pabst" and Miss "von Stirum", the first one she kept on after becoming queen and Miss von Pabst travelled with her a lot in her later years.
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I am aware of her history,an unhappy life,partially inflickted upon her by herself.A highly intellectual but also highly manipulative concocting woman making it all to clear to her husband from the very beginning that she was superior to him in the grey cells area,and emphasizing that over and over.Not very wise when your counterpart is a very touchy and rather direct man as King Willem III was,to say the very least.

She might have the ladies you mention,the Limburg Stirum Lady was one with another connection.Mattie van Limburg Stirum was refused by King Willem III as a bride for his son the Crown Prince Willem,or Wiwill as he was called in the family,as it was rumored she might be the King's offspring out of wedlock...This refusal set about the moving to Paris of the Prince and refusal to return and to have any contact with his father.He didn't die well there and passed over in 1879.

I know the contract,and they lived seperately "happily after that" ,except for the constant whining of Sophie who elevated that to an artform on itself,as you can see in her correspondence with Lady Mallet fe.If there wasn't anything to nag about,she'd invent something,and when you do that long enough you're up believing it all yourself.Yes,she spend a lot of time in Württemberg in summer,but,she could go anywhere she wanted but still she had herself with her all the time,and you can't run from yourself.Over doing it over the top with her care of son Alexander,poor man,he was totally bezirk about his mother as a result and turned away from his father as the latter didn't think him to be much of a man he should be,a whimp.He wasn't,but was a desperately lonely fellow.After his mother died,he was overcome with grief and visited the Royal Family's cript at Delft over and over weaping over his mother's coffin.A drama avant le lettre.Tragic,all lives involved in the Royal Family at that time were rather tragic.
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The author writes that Sophie in the beginning had two ladies-in-waiting, Miss "von Pabst" and Miss "von Stirum", the first one she kept on after becoming queen and Miss von Pabst travelled with her a lot in her later years.
There is also a family in Netherlands "van Pabst"...they descended from the family of Edler von Pabst who originated from Dusseldorf area...
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I read somewhere on the net that Sophie caught the eye of Royal Prince of the French. If anyone knows about it, can he/she post it?
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I read somewhere on the net that Sophie caught the eye of Royal Prince of the French. If anyone knows about it, can he/she post it?
It didn't go further then the eye that dropped,just a symphathy.

She was however on very good terms with the Emperor Napoléon III and Empress Eugenie.
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From the new biography on king Willem III by Dr. van der Meulen it appears that Willem III wanted to renounce his rights so he could settle on the French countryside with his pregnant mistress, the opera singer Louise Rouvroy. When his father dies in 1849 he decides to accept the throne after all. What happens to Rouvroy and their child is unknown, though she did work as singer in Paris for a while.

Willem I en III hadden bastaarden - NOS Nieuws

The rumours that the king could not have been the father of Queen Wilhelmina due him having syphillis is untrue. The king never received any medication for venereal diseases. And he was even present at her birth, which was very exceptional for those days. The biographer emphasizes that esp. the last 10 years, áfter his marriage with Emma of Waldeck-Pyrmont, the king became more stable and more productive even.
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Prince Willem, the eldest son of King Willem III, did not marry Princess Alice of Great Britain. Did his parents have any other princesses in mind as a possible wife for Prince Willem? Was Prince Willem's brother, Prince Alexander ever engaged?
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Prince Willem, the eldest son of King Willem III, did not marry Princess Alice of Great Britain. Did his parents have any other princesses in mind as a possible wife for Prince Willem? Was Prince Willem's brother, Prince Alexander ever engaged?
For Willem also Maria daughter of the russian tsar Aleksandr II was considered but she turned him down (apparently Willem had quite a bad reputation).
Willem's brother Alexander was never engaged (he was considered sickly and of nervous disposition)
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To awnser one of my own questions earlier: Sophie's doctor was not superior to the Dutch one. He actually was the reason her son died. He misdiagnosed the illness of Maurits, saying it was nothing serious. King Willem III insisted on a 2nd opinion of the court doctor (after some urging of de Casembroot). By that time it was too late, and the boy died. The queen must have felt very guilty about it.

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I believe nobody expected Alexander to get married. He was too 'melancholic'. Thopugh elsewhere I have read that Thyra of Denmark was considered for both Alexander as for his father Willem III.

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About the Frederiks: Prince Frederik at one point was forbidden to visit Queen Sophie too often. King Willem III wanted to evade the impression that he was chosing her side. The ever-acid Queen Sophie in her letters to Lady Malet complained about the constant attention from her husbands uncle.
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