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Marc23 01-13-2011 10:35 AM

Princess Augusta of Cambridge, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1822-1916)
 
I haven't found any thread about her,so I decided to make one...she was very interesting personality and was one of the longest-lived British Princesses(after Alice of Athlone)...she was very close to her niece Queen Mary and was being quite shrewd and intelligent...

CarolinaLandgrave 01-16-2011 08:25 PM

One of my most favorite people of the "Old Royal Family"... she was quite the character & never curbed her tongue on any situation... She was a British Princess in every since of the word!
But underneath what sometimes came across as "coarse", she was had a really sentimental side.

Marc23 01-19-2011 11:33 AM

Yes,very true...one can see her other side by her relation to her "sinner" grand-daughter Duchess Marie...Parents didn't want to hear about her and her "strict" grandmother Augusta stood by her side no matter what...

CarolinaLandgrave 01-19-2011 09:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Marc23 (Post 1194557)
Yes,very true...one can see her other side by her relation to her "sinner" grand-daughter Duchess Marie...Parents didn't want to hear about her and her "strict" grandmother Augusta stood by her side no matter what...

Yes she did! And at this time, that showed great strength of character!
But HRH was also known for her rather spiteful wit.... making some rather comical, if not sharp, comments about Queen Maud of Norway's coronation & Princess Ena of Battenberg's engagement.... and even Queen Victoria herself!

Marc23 01-20-2011 07:36 AM

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Originally Posted by CarolinaLandgrave (Post 1194832)
.... and even Queen Victoria herself!

Could you remind me what was that?Is it something when Queen Victoria was going out to the crowd by carriage or...?

CarolinaLandgrave 01-20-2011 06:16 PM

The Grand Duchess was suppose to have comment, on Queen Victoria's remaining seated in her carriage outside St Paul's for her Diamond Jubilee Service... "Why is she thanking God in the street?"

The Pope-Hennessy book on Queen Mary is full of good "Aunt Augusta-isms"

Zonk 01-20-2011 07:28 PM

Yes...Aunt August was quite the character. Her quote about Maud and Olav becoming the monarch of Norway...she thought it was quite odd. Like Norway was in the middle of nowhere. What did she refer to it...something like a no man's land.

She was a definite favorite of Queen Mary and brought great comfort when the Queens mother, the Duchess of Teck passed. Didn't she (with the other members of the German royal families) keep in touch thru Margaret of Sweden during WWI?

CarolinaLandgrave 01-20-2011 10:08 PM

Zonk... "Aunt Augusta" was very put out with Princess May b/c she attended the Coronation of Maud and Charles in Norway..... she felt that a future Queen of England shouldn't be attending a coronation as a result of a revolution!
She also thought that Princess Ena of Battenburg was a poor choice of a bride for Alphonso XIII....

One of my personal favorites of the 'Old Royal Family'.....

And I think they all corresponded via Margaret during WWI. Queen Mary was devastated that she was not able to attend Aunt Augusta's funeral... Her 1st cousin, the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, told Queen Mary that his mother died with "the name 'May' on her lips"

Marc23 01-24-2011 08:15 PM

The two of them had so much feelings for each other...She and her husband were the sponsors of Princess May von Teck before her marriage...and according to some article in NY times,Mecklenburg-Strelitz Grand Ducal family were the richest one in German Empire after Kaiser Wilhelm II...

CarolinaLandgrave 01-24-2011 08:46 PM

Princess Augusta of Cambridge married her first cousin, the then Hereditary Grand Duke Frederick William, in 1843. Their mothers were sisters...
And yes, from what I have read as well, the Grand Ducal family of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was very, very wealthy.

CarolinaLandgrave 01-24-2011 08:53 PM

Fritz and Augusta were also 2nd cousin via the Mecklenburg-Strelitz family. Fritz's grandfather, Charles II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Augusta's grandmother, Queen Charlotte of Great Britain (nee' of Mecklenburg-Strelitz) were brother and sister.

Vasillisos Markos 01-25-2011 03:54 PM

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Originally Posted by CarolinaLandgrave (Post 1197136)
Fritz and Augusta were also 2nd cousin via the Mecklenburg-Strelitz family. Fritz's grandfather, Charles II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Augusta's grandmother, Queen Charlotte of Great Britain (nee' of Mecklenburg-Strelitz) were brother and sister.

:sad: Ouch, it is this sort of entangled family history which makes my head hurt when I try to sort it out in my mind:smile:

CarolinaLandgrave 01-25-2011 05:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Vasillisos Markos (Post 1197463)
:sad: Ouch, it is this sort of entangled family history which makes my head hurt when I try to sort it out in my mind:smile:

You and me both! But it's so common and so interesting..... and with Augusta's personality, I don't think she would have been entertained the idea of NOT marrying someone "of her own blood"... as she was very proud of her heritage and her status as an HRH.. and she was first and foremost a British Princess!

Tiggles1 02-23-2011 05:39 PM

Did her son by any chance have an illegitimate child? How would one find out about this?

CarolinaLandgrave 02-25-2011 10:28 PM

Her granddaughter had an illegitimate child, I'm not sure about her son.

Katrianna 02-25-2011 11:49 PM

I believe that Augusta was the only person in the family who supported her granddaughter and she was a very strong and vocal supporter.

CarolinaLandgrave 02-26-2011 08:17 AM

Correct, Queen Mary was also very supportive of her cousin and of her Aunt Augusta during this difficult time for her aunt.

highgrove 02-27-2011 02:44 PM

I am pleased to see some discussion on "Aunt Augusta" as find her an interesting character and try to read and collect all I can on her. My interest in Augusta developed after reading Matriarch years ago. I try to purchase all postcards and photos of her that I can and even have an invitation to her wedding.

Has a biography of her ever been written? I have read bios of her sister Mary and brother George, but never learned of any bio of her.

Marc23 02-27-2011 04:42 PM

I always wanted to know is there any portrait of her apart from those few recently added miniatures from royal collection?

It seems that it is most hard to find anything about her..she is the least known(IMO most interesting) 19th century member of British royal family!

CarolinaLandgrave 02-28-2011 07:47 AM

Highgrove & Marc23 - I could not agree more. Hands down Augusta is the most interesting member of the "old" British Royal Family... followed, IMO, closely by her sister, Mary Adelaide.
I try to gather up all I can on her as well - I've run across a few pictures and was recently sent, my a friend, an email containing a portrait of her done around or shortly after the time of her wedding.... but not sure how to post it here nor do I have documented proof that it's her - sure looks like her.


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