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On this day, January 9, 1907 - Demise of Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, Queen Consort of King George V of Hanover
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January 13, 1932 death of Sophia of Prussia, Queen consort of Greece.

Sophia of Prussia, Queen of Greece by Voigt | Grand Ladies | gogm

Princess Sophie Dorothea Ulrike Alice of Prussia was born June 14, 1870 at the New Palace in Potsdam. Sophie was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Her mother was Victoria's eldest daughter Victoria, Princess Royal. Her father was Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia at the time of her birth (since 1861). Her grandfather King Wilhelm of Prussia would become Emperor of Germany in 1871 elevating her parents to Crown prince and princess of Germany. Her father would become German Emperor Frederick III in 1888.

Her parents had 8 children of which Sophie was 7th born. She had four brothers and 3 sisters. Her siblings included Wilhelm II. Two brothers died young.

Her three eldest siblings were very close to their paternal grandparents. In contract the three younger daughters were all but ignored by them. The three girls were extremely close to their mother. She grew up with a love for English culture thanks to this bond, and her mother modeled the nursery for her girls after her own childhood in England.

In contrast to her cold paternal grandparents, Sophia was very close to Victoria. She would often spend long periods of time with her grandmother in the UK.

In 1884 Prince Constantine of Greece at 16 was sent to Germany to do military training for 2 years. Following a long visit in England with her grandmother for her golden Jubilee, Sophia returned home and got to know Constantine.

They met again at the funeral of her grandfather in 1888 and soon fell in love. They were officially engaged in September 1888. The wedding was not seen positively by her brother Wilhelm, nor by her future mother in law Olga. But it was scheduled for the following year. Unfortunately her father died of agonizing throat cancer the day after her 19th birthday. Her and her mother remained very close and her mother while in mourning her husband, still found the strength to plan the wedding for her daughter.

https://royal-magazin.de/griechenlan...d-hochzeit.htm


The couple were married October 27, 1889 in Athens. There was a public ceremony in the Orthodox faith but a private for the protestant princess. They had two future monarchs among their witnesses: George V and Nicholas II. George V (as well as his elder brother Albert Victor) was one of Sophie's witnesses as well as her brother Henry. Nicholas II (Tsarevich at the time) stood for his cousin as well as Constantine's brothers Nicholas and George. The wedding was celebrated with great pomp and filled with important royals. The groom's grandfather Christian IX, the bride's brother Wilhelm II, and the Prince of Wales were at the top of the list. The Prince of Wales was an Uncle to both, by marriage to Constantine and by blood to Sophia. His wife Alexandra was the older sister of Constantine's father George.

The couple lived in a small villa for the first while until the palace of the Duke of Sparta was built (its now the presidential mansion in Athens). They lived a quiet life removed from the busier courts. Sophia traveled a great deal though and used her travels to decorate their home. She took to learning Greek.


She would convert to Orthodox after the birth of her eldest sons. Unfortunately for her it caused a major rift with her brother. Wilhelm and his wife were very devout lutherans, and her brother was head of the church in Prussia. She announced it to them when she went home to attend her sister's wedding. Her brother forbid her from entering Germany for 3 years after she converted.


She followed in the footsteps of her mother in law and became involved in a lot of social work like soup kitchens. During the 30 days war she actively worked with the Greek Red Cross to help wounded soldiers. She founded field hospitals and would visit wounded soldiers on the front. She helped arrange nurses from England to come and help, and worked training young women to assist.


Her and her mother in law received the Royal red cross from her grandmother in recognition of their work during the war.


Tension arose after the war though. Sophia being German and the German bond with the Ottomans caused tension. Her husband was criticized for having not done more. The couple decided it best to spend time abroad and headed to Germany where she made peace with her brother. They would remain for a year before returning to Greece.


1901 was a rough year for her. She lost two of the most important people in her life, her grandmother and her mother. She would travel to London to attend the funeral of her beloved grandmother. Sadly that summer when she was heavily pregnant she was summoned home to Germany where her mother was dying. She and her sisters were at their mother's side when she died in August.


During the First Balkans war she once again took up the mantle of a nurse. With her mother in law Olga and her sister in laws Elena, Alice and Maria, they actively charge of aiding wounded soldiers. They were all active right in the middle of action, working in field hospitals across Greece during the time. Though a rivalry between her and Alice arose during this time as well.


The marriage with Constantine started to drift apart. Her husband was unfaithful and while at first she ignored it, they did slowly seperate by 1912. Their children though grew up in a loving nurturing home. Like her own childhood, she instilled a love of English culture on her children. Her and her husband spoke English at home with their children.

On March 18, 1913 her father in law was assassinated. It fell to her, as she was in Athens, to inform Olga of her husband's death.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia...phiaGreece.jpg


WWI brought a lot of conflict and troubles for them. There were plots to assasinate the couple. Their royal residence suffered a massive fire, in which Sophia had to save her youngest daughter from. In 1917, following the Russian revolution which saw the deposition of her husband's cousin Nicholas, her husband found himself forced to relinquish his throne to his second son Alexander. The couple went into exile in Switzerland (she would never see her son Alexander after that). Her son died in 1920 when he was bit by a monkey, and to Sophia's great pain the government refused to allow her to return to Greece to plan her son's funeral.


They returned to Greece in 1920. Her husband abdicated for the second time in 1922, this time in favor of their eldest son who became George II.

This time they settled in Italy. But her husband's health continued to fail and he was suffering from depression. He died January 11, 1923. The dowager queen settled in Florence where she became more devout in later life. Though she remained Orthodox, she took greater interest in the Anglican faith.

She was ill for years and in 1930 went to Frankfurt for treatment. She would travel after including a visit to England. She returned to Frankfurt in 1931 where she was diagnosed with cancer and the doctors warned she had weeks left. She died surrounded by her family.


She was buried along side her husband and mother in law in the Russian church in Florence. In 1936 her son George saw to the bodies of his parents and grandmother returned to Greece and buried at Tatoi.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia..._of_Greece.jpg


Sophia and her husband had six children, all of whom reached adulthood.

-George: succeeded as George II after his father's abdication in 1922. He married Princess Elisabeth of Romania. They had no children and he was succeeded by his brother Paul.

-Alexander: was made Alexander I of Greece when his father was first forced into exile in 1917. He married Aspasia Manos who was four months pregnant when he died in 1920. His daughter Alexandra was born soon after Alexander's parents were allowed to return to Greece. It was Sophie who pressed her husband to give Alexandra the full rights of a Greek Princess. Alexandra would marry Peter II of Yugoslavia making Alexander the grandfather of his name sake, the current CP of Yugoslavia.

Sophia with Alexandra
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexan..._de_Prusia.jpg

-Helen: married Carol II of Romania. She was the mother of the late Michael I of Romania.

-Paul: succeeded George as King Paul of Greece in 1947. He married Frederica of Hannover. They were the parents of Constantine II, Queen Sofia of Spain and Princess Irene of Greece.

-Irene: She married Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta. She was the mother of the current Duke of Aosta, Amedeo.

-Katherine: She married Richard Brandram. The couple had one son Richard.
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On this day, January 13, 1797 - Demise of Elizabeth Christine of Brunswick-Bevern, Queen Consort of King Frederick II of Prussia
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On this day, January 21, 1796 - Birth of Marie of Hesse-Kassel, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of Grand Duke Georg of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
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January 25, 1900 death of Princess Adelheid of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

Adelheid was a niece of Queen Victoria.


https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...hoto=178010952

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...hoto=178011043


Adelheid was born July 30, 1835. Her father was Ernst I, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. Her mother was Princess Feodora of Leiningen. Feodora was the daughter of Victoria, Duchess of Kent by her first husband Emich Carl, 2nd Prince of Leiningen. Feodora had been quite close to her half-sister the future Queen Victoria when they were young. Her parents had six children, of whom Adelheid was their fifth. All of her siblings made it to adulthood, though one sister died unmarried at 19.


in 1852 she was sought as a bride for Napoleon III. Her aunt Queen Victoria was opposed to the marriage not wanting to offer any legitimacy to the French empire. Queen Victoria was silent though, not wanting to show her support or against it, but the message was clear. Adelheid's parents turned down the offer of marriage, and Napoleon III eventually married Eugenie instead.

Instead she was to marry Frederick VIII, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein. The couple were married September 11, 1856. The bride was 21 and her groom was 27. The couple lived at first in Dolzig but moved for three years to Kiel when he became heir Schleswig-Holstein. After Prussia annexed the duchies, the couple would return to Dolzig. The couple split their time between Dolzig, Gotha and family lands in Primkenau.

Her husband died in 1880. Adelheid would settle in Dresden where she would spend the remainder of her life quietly, focussed on art and music. She would die in Dresden. She was buried in Wroclaw Poland.


Her and her husband had seven children, five who reached adulthood. They had no male line grandchildren as only one son survived childhood, and he died childless. They had 17 grandchildren from 3 daughters. The Greek, Spanish and Swedish royal families are all descended from them.

-Friedrich Wilhelm: died at age 2

-Auguste Victoria:married the future Wilhelm II, German Emperor (was crown prince of Prussia when they married). They were engaged when her father died. Had seven children all of whom reached adulthood. Through her daughter Victoria Louise she is the grandmother of Queen Frederica of Greece (mother of Constantine II, Sofia of Spain and Irene).

-Karoline Mathilde: married Friedrich Ferdinand, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein. Her husband was a nephew of Christian IX of Denmark (his father was Christian's older brother). The couple had six children. They were the grandparents of Princess Sibylla, Duchess of Vasterbotten (mother of King Carl Gustaf) through their daughter Victoria Adelaide, and Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark (wife of Hereditary prince Knud) through their daughter Helena.

-Friedrich Victor: like his older brother, he didnt survive childhood. He died at three months old.

-Ernst Gunther: He married Princess Dorothea of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. He succeeded his father's titles. He and his wife had no children and were succeeded by a cousin Albert.

-Louise: She married Prince Friedrich Leopold of Prussia. The couple had four children.

-Feodora Adelheid: she is the only child to reach adulthood who never married. She lived to be 36.
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On this day, January 27, 1859 - Birth of Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia
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January 27, 1844 death of Cecilia of Sweden, Grand Duchess of Oldenberg.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince..._of_Sweden.jpg

She was born June 22, 1807 in Stockholm. Her father was Gustav IV Adolf who had come to the throne in 1792. Her mother was Frederica of Baden, a daughter of Karl Ludwig of Baden. Her mother was the younger sister of Empress Elisabeth of Russia (wife of Alexander I). Her brother Charles was the grandfather of Lady Mary Hamilton, ancestress of the current Monaco royal family (she was wife of Albert I and mother of Louis II). The Belgian, Yugoslavian, Luxembourg, Monaco, Russian and Romanian royal families are all decended from her mother's family.

Cecelia was the youngest of her parents' five children all but one of whom made it to adulthood. Her sister Sofia married her great uncle Leopold of Baden (he was the younger half-brother of her maternal grandfather) and they were the grandparents of Victoria of Baden (wife of Gustaf V).


In 1810 the family had to leave Sweden when her father was deposed. From then on she was raised in Baden. After her parents divorced in 1812, her up bringing was over seen by her maternal grandmother Princess Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt.


In 1830 the 23 year old was introduced to Augustus, Grand Duke of Oldenburg. The 47 year old who had become Grand duke the previous year, had been widowed twice, the last in 1828. His first wife Princess Adelheid of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym had died in 1820. They had two daughters, the older of whom became Queen Amalia of Greece through her marriage to Otto of Bavaria who later became King of Greece (he would be replaced as king by Danish born George I). After his first wife's death Augustus had married his wife's sister Princess Ida of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym. Like her sister she died after 3 years of marriage but bore him a son Peter who would succeed as Grand duke.

The couple spoke for some time and agreed on marriage. They traveled to Vienna to her brother, and were married married in the pressence of the Austrian Emperor Francis I. She moved with her new husband to Oldenberg in June 1831. She was his only wife to be Grand Duchess as he succeeded after the death of both his previous wives.

She had a real passion for culture which she brought to her new home. She saw to the opening of the first theater She composed the melody for ‘Heil dir, o Oldenburg’. The song was finished and published after her death.



She died at the age of 36 from childbed fever days after giving birth to her third child. She was buried at the Ducal Mausoleum in St. Gertrude's Cemetery in Oldenburg (her sister Amalia was as well).

https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/...ruden-kirchhof

She bore her husband 3 sons, but only the youngest that she died shortly after giving birth to, reached adulthood.

-Alexander Friedrich: died just short of his first birthday.

-Nikolaus Friedrich: died at fourteen months old.

-Anton Gunther Friedrich Elimar: known by his last name Elimar. Made a morgantic marriage to Baroness Natalia Vogel von Friesenhof with whom he had two children. He had four grandchildren through his son.


Her husband died in 1853, 9 years after his final wife. He was succeeded by Cecelia's stepson Peter.
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Augustus, Grand Duke of Oldenburg outlived all of his 3 wives.

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January 29, 1860 death of Stephanie de Beauharnais, Grand Duchess of Baden.

https://geneee.org/stephanie/de+beauharnais?lang=en

Stephanie was born in Versailles August 28, 1789, at the start of the French revolution. She was the daughter of Claude de Beauharnais, 2nd Count des Roches-Baritaud. Her mother was Françoise de Lezay. She had an older brother Albert and a younger half sister Josephine.

Stephanie's father was first cousins with Alexandre François Marie, Viscount of Beauharnais. Alexandre was the first husband of the future Empress Josephine.

When Josephine married Napoleon in 1796 her children Eugene and Hortense were the stepchildren of General Napoleon. Stephanie was second cousins with them. Napoleon became the benefactor of the Beauhamais family which included young Stephanie. As his power rose, so did her place.

When Napoleon who was referred to as her Uncle crowned himself emperor in 1804, she found herself a member of the Imperial family. She took up residence at Tuileries Palace. For her short time there she lived in luxury.

Napoleon wished to create an alliance with the Prince-Elector of Baden. The alliance was to be secured through the marriage of members of both houses. The margrave himself was 78 years old. He put forward his grandson and heir, Charles who was 20. The emperor had no legal heirs of his own. So he adopted Stephanie and made her a Princess of France, to use her for the alliance.


The couple were married April 8, 1806 in Paris. The bride was 17 and the groom was 20. July 25 of that year her husband's grandfather was raised to the rank of Grand Duke of Baden.


It was not a happy marriage. Her husband was determined to continue his life as a bachelor and they lived apart mainly. Her household was in Manheim. Her Uncle/adopted father the Emperor tried to intercede with no affect. The Grand Duke offered the couple Schwetzingen as a summer home to try and make things better but Stephanie was the only one who used it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwetzingen


But they were able to reconcile a bit when it became evident the old Grand Duke was ailing and would not live long. For the sake of having heirs to continue the family, the couple began to reside together. The old Grand Duke would die in 1811, and her husband became Grand Duke. Five days before her grandfather in law died, Stephanie finally bore him a great-grandchild.


Her husband died in 1818. The couple had no living sons so he was succeeded by his Uncle Louis I. Louis would also die without heir and the throne would eventually pass to a half-brother of Charles' father and Louis, Leopold of Baden (Leopold was the grandfather of Victoria of Baden, Queen of Sweden).


Remaining a widow for the rest of her life, she was a devoted mother to her children. Her salon at Manheim was known for the collection of artists and thinkers who passed through it. She died in Nice France at the age of 71, after 41 years as a widow.

She was buried next to her husband in St Michael's church in Pforzheim, Baden.

https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/...photo=22992652

They had five children but only 3 daughters reached adulthood. The couple are the ancestors of the Monaco, Belgian and Luxembourg royal families as well as the former Yugoslavian and Romanian.

their three daughters:

-Louise Amelia: born days before the death of her great-grandfather. She married Gustav, Prince of Vasa a son of Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden. The couple had one son who died at birth and a daughter Carola who married Albert I of Saxony but had no children. They divorced in 1843, after 13 years of marriage.


-Josephine: She was married to Karl Anton Joachim Zephyrinus Friedrich Meinrad, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. The couple had six children. Her son would serve as Carol I of Romania. Her daughter Marie would marry Philippe. Count of Flanders and was the mother of Albert I of Belgium. Their son Leopold was an ancestor of King Michael I of Romania.

-Marie Amelie: She was married to William Hamilton, 11th Duke of Hamilton. The couple had four children together. Her youngest Lady Mary would marry Albert I of Monaco and be mother of Louis II of Monaco.
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On this day, January 29, 1844 - Demise of Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
He was the father of Prince Albert, the spouse of Queen Victoria of England. Victoria was also the niece of Ernest.
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January 30,1953 death of Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick.

The last reigning Duke of Brunswick, he was the grandfather of the current Ernst August of Hanover, Constantine II of Greece and Sofia of Spain.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest...sthannover.jpg

He was born November 17, 1887 in Vienna. His father Ernest Augustus was the last Crown Prince of Hanover. His grandfather George V of Hanover had been deposed in 1866. His mother was Princess Thyra of Denmark. Thyra was the daughter of Christian IX and Louise of Hesse-Kassel. His maternal aunts/uncles included Queen Alexandra of the UK, Frederick VIII of Denmark, George I of Greece and Empress Maria Feodorovna.

At the time of his birth he was not heir to his father's duchy or claim to Hanover as he was the youngest of six children. He had three sisters but also 2 brothers. His brothers would die in 1901 and 1912, leaving him eventual heir to the duchy. Of his five siblings, only 2 of his sisters married, despite all but one of them reaching adulthood (Christian died at 16). His sister Marie Louise married Prince Maximilian of Baden and his sister Alexandra married Friedrich Franz IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince...ith_family.jpg


May 1912 his eldest brother George died in a car accident. The German emperor sent his condolences to his father, and in return Ernest Augustus was sent to the emperor's court to thank him in person. It was there that he fell in love with the emperor's only daughter, Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia. He was 25 and Victoria was 20. After six sons, she was the delighted favorite of her father. The couple were both smitten with each other but political issues meant an engagement took some months to arrange. He had to agree to give up his claim to Hanover in return for the rights to Brunswick.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince...of_Prussia.jpg

They were engaged February 11, 1913. A lavish wedding was held May 24 of that year in Berlin. The wedding was the largest gathering of reigning monarchs to take place in Germany since its unification. And a major social events before the start of WWI. Guests included George V and Tsar Nicholas II who were cousins of the bride's father. There were 1200 guests.

https://twitter.com/RoyalArjan/statu...751936/photo/1

In October of the year his father formally abdicated his rights to Brunswick in honor of his son. The couple moved to Brunswick palace.

https://www.shutterstock.com/search/brunswick+palace

In 1917 his father's British titles were suspended by the Titles deprivation act. In 1918 he lost his own title as did other German dukes and aristocrats. He remained head of his family house but he retired quietly to his estates. He preferred living at Blankenburg castle or Cumberland. He rarely spent time at Marienburg castle.

https://www.travelwriticus.com/harz-blankenburg-castle/


Though he never joined the Nazis he had donated money. And he was known to support an alliance with the UK. After he abdicated Edward VIII and his wife would spend time with the couple. By the end of WWII they were permanently living at Blankenburg castle.


He died at Marienburg castle in 1953 and was buried at the Royal Mausoleum in the Berggarten at Herrenhausen Gardens. His wife who died in 1980 would be buried next to him.

https://www.castleholic.com/2014/08/...erggarten.html


He and his wife had five children:

-Ernest Augustus: succeeded his father as head of the house of Hanover. He married twice. His first wife was Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg with whom he had six children (the current Ernst August is the eldest of his children).His second wife was Countess Monika zu Solms-Laubach. The couple were married only for 6 years and later in life so he only had children from his first marriage.

-George William: married Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark (daughter of Prince Andrew of Greece, she was an older sister of Prince Philip). She was a widow of Prince Christoph of Hesse. They had three sons.

-Frederica: Queen consort of Greece by marriage to Paul of Greece. Mother of Sofia of Spain, Constantine II of Greece and Princess Irene.

-Christian Oscar: married Mireille Dutry. They had two daughters before they were divorced.

-Welf Henry: married Princess Alexandra of Ysenburg and Büdingen. They had no children.
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On this day, February 2, 1783 - Birth of Karl Friedrich, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
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6th February 1538 : Death of Johann III ,Duke of Cleves


Johann III was the father of Anne of Cleves and was duke of Cleves and Count of Mark from 1521 until his death. He was married to Maria of Jülich-Berg and was succeeded by his son Wilhelm V.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_III,_Duke_of_Cleves

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On this day, February 9, 1763 - Birth of Ludwig I, Grand Duke of Baden in Karlsruhe, Grand Duchy of Baden
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February 15, 1852 birth of Princess Marie of Battenberg, a great aunt of Prince Philip.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince...-Schonberg.jpg

Marie was born in Strasbourg, France. She was the eldest child of Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine. Her father was the son of Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse (he was the 4th of 5 children).Alexander's younger sister was Maria Alexandrovna, wife of Alexander II of Russia and mother of Alexander III. Her mother was Countess Julia von Hauke who had been a lady in waiting to her Aunt Maria. Her mother had grown up at the Russian court, an orphan she had been a ward of the emperor. At the time of her birth her mother was simply Countess of Battenberg.

Though born in France she spent much of her childhood at Heiligenberg Castle in Hesse. She was the oldest of five children and the only daughter. Her nieces included Queen Louise of Sweden (through her brother Louis) and Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain (through her brother Henry). She was godmother to her niece Alice, Philip's mother.

In 1858 she was raised to the rank of Princess of Battenberg when her uncle Ludwig raised her mother to a Princess.

In 1868 Marie would attend the opening of the Luther monument in worms. The 16 year old Marie would first meet the 28 year old Count Gustav Ernst of Erbach-Schönberg. The couple became engaged in 1870 and were married April 1871 when she was 19 and her groom was 31, in Darmstadt. In 1903 her husband would be raised to the rank of Prince and Marie became Princess of Erbach-Schönberg.

Marie was an author. She published two sets of memoirs, one about her relationship with her son Maximilian and the other on her visit to her brother Alexander during his short time as Prince of Bulgaria. She also translated a number of other works.

Her husband died in 1908. Marie would die 1923 in Schonberg Hesse, and was buried at St Mary's church.

A picture of her joint tomb with her husband is found here.

https://www.lordmountbattenofburma.c...bach-schonberg

Her and her husband had four children:


-Alexander: succeeded his father as Prince of Erbach-Schönberg. He married Princess Elisabeth of Waldeck and Pyrmont. Elisabeth was the sister of Queen Emma of the Netherlands and Princess Helena, Duchess of Albany. They had four children, four grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and now 7 great-great grandchildren.

-Maximilian: sadly was mentally unstable and died at the age of 14. He died before his father was elevated to the rank of prince, so unlike his siblings he only ever held the status of Count.

-Victor: married Countess Elisabeth Széchényi de Sarvar et Felsö-Vidé.

-Marie Elisabeth: She married Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Stolberg-Wernigerode. They were the parents of two children.
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Her mother Julia von Hauke was from a Polish and German Noble and was raised Roman Catholic but converted to Lutheranism in 1875.
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February 18, 1947 death of Joachim Ernst, Duke of Anhalt. He died in the former Buchenwald concentration camp which was under Soviet control, and tossed in a mass grave.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joachi..._of_Anhalt.jpg

He was born Jan 11, 1901 in Ballenstedt. His father was Duke Eduard of Anhalt. His mother was Princess Louise Charlotte of Saxe-Altenburg. He was the 4th of six children of his parents, and 2nd son but his elder brother died at age one. He had three siblings who reached adulthood. His only older sibling to was Marie-Auguste who married Prince Joachim of Prussia (son of Wilhelm II).

He succeeded as Duke at the age of 17 in 1918. He was a minor so his Uncle Prince Aribert of Anhalt served as his regent. It was a short reign, as in November of the same year his Uncle abdicated in his name, due to the German Revolution. Anhalt became the Free State of Anhalf November 12.

He spent his post abdication life at Ballenstedt castle. He was trained in forestry and was a farmer.

Joachim was at odds with the Nazis and was imprisoned at Dachau concentration camp in 1944. In 1945 he was arrested again but this time by the soviets and placed this time in NKVD special camp Nr. 2 which was the site of the former Buchenwald concentration camp.

Sadly this time he would not be released. He died almost 2 years later in 1947. His body ended up as many in a mass grave. In 2007 on the 60th anniversary of his death a memorial service was held at the camp. An urn of earth was removed and was buried with his memorial tombstone at the family's hunting lodge. When the hunting lodge was sold in 2011, the urn and his memorial were moved to outside Ballenstedt castle.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...hoto=179287042

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...hoto=179287012

Joachim was married twice. His first marriage was a morgantic marriage to opera singer Elisabeth Strickrodt who was created Countess of Askanien. They were married from 1927-1929 and had no children before divorcing. She would die in 1971.

His second marriage was in October 1929 to Edda-Charlotte von Stephani-Marwitz. He and Edda had five children.

-Marie Antoinette: Married twice. First to Karl-Heinz Guttmann and second to Max Riederer. She had a son Joachim with her first husband and has a grandson.

-Anna Luise: married Thomas Birch.She had one son with Thomas before they were divorced, James Christian.

-Friedrich: when his father died his uncle Eugene contested his claim to head of the house. He died in a car accident in 1963 without having married,and was succeeded as head of the house by his younger brother.

-Edda: She married Albert Darboven. She doesnt seem to have had kids (person peerage page) with him but she does have a stepson from her husband's first marriage.

-Eduard: is the current Prince of Anhalt, having succeeded his elder brother in 1963. He was six when his father died. He is married to Corinne Krönlein with whom he has three daughters. In 2012 he abolished the salic house laws of his family making his eldest daughter the heir to the house.

His wife died February 22, 1986 at the age of 80.

https://www.geni.com/photo/view/6000...00124263205831



To anyone who is familiar with Zsa Zsa Gabor and her 'prince' husband Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, it was Joachim's sister Marie-Auguste who 'adopted' him among others.
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On this day, February 18, 1790 - Demise of Elisabeth of Wurttemberg, Archduchess of Austria, first spouse of the future Emperor Franz I of Austria
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On this day, February 24, 1500 - Birth of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in Ghent, Flanders.
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