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Marengo 05-09-2007 06:29 AM

Queen Emma (1859-1934)
Queen Emma (1859-1934)

This thread is about Queen Adelheid Emma Wilhelmine Therese of The Netherlands, born Princess of Waldeck-Pyrmont (Arolsen 2 Aug 1858-The Hague 20 Mar 1934)

Parents: Fuerst Georg-Viktor of Waldeck Pryrmont and Princess Helene of Nassau

Husband: King Willem III of The Netherlands

Daughter: Queen Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria of The Netherlands

Siblings: Princess Sophie of Waldeck-Pyrmont, Fuerstin Pauline of Bentheim-Steinfurt, Queen Marie of Wurttemberg, Princess Helene of Great-Britain, Dss of Albany, Fuerst Friedrich of Waldeck-Pyrmont, Fuerstin Elisabeth of Erbach-Schoneberg and Prince Wolrad of Waldeck-Pyrmont

Marengo 06-18-2007 07:21 AM

Her Serene Highness Princess Adelheid Emma Wilhelmina Theresia of Waldeck and Pyrmont (August 2, 1858 - March 20, 1934) was Queen consort of William III, King of the Netherlands and Grand Duke of Luxembourg. An immensely popular member of the Dutch royal family, she also was Queen regent (1890 - 1898) and Queen Mother (1890 - 1934).

She was born in Arolsen, capital of the small German principality of Waldeck and Pyrmont, on 2 August 1858, a daughter of Georg Viktor, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont, and his wife, Princess Helena Wilhelmina Henrietta of Nassau.

More information about Queen Emma in this wikipedia article

Marengo 06-18-2007 07:30 AM

An article about Queen Emma's reign:

Economic and industrial development creates a large industrial working class in the Netherlands. Between 1870 and 1900, this accounts for some 70 per cent of the working population. King William III dies in 1890. His daughter Wilhelmina is too young to succeed him so her mother, Emma, becomes regent. In 1898, at the age of 18, Wilhelmina is invested as queen in Amsterdam.

Economic developments in the Netherlands brought into being a large industrial working class, which comprised some 70 per cent of the working population between 1870 and 1900. The Netherlands benefited from the rapid industrialisation of the German Ruhr: a major factor in the expansion of Rotterdam to become the leading port in Europe. The new industrial working class had little political influence and endured poor living conditions. Poverty was increasingly apparent, notably in the fast growing towns

Read more in this article

Marengo 06-28-2007 06:17 AM

Some pictures (no copyrights required):

Marengo 06-28-2007 06:18 AM

And some more (no copyrights required):

Marengo 06-28-2007 06:19 AM

Queen Emma in Amsterdam (no copyrights required):

Marengo 06-28-2007 06:20 AM

Queen Emma visiting Artis Zoo in Amsterdam (no copyrights required):

Marengo 06-28-2007 06:22 AM

Queen Emma, her niece Princess Alice of Albany, Countess of Athlone and Alice' daughter Lady May, in Scheveningen (free of copyrights, Geheugen van Nederland - Homepage):

lucien 06-28-2007 04:17 PM

The picture in post #6 shows TM King Willem III and Queen Emma,with Princess Wilhelmina in between.

NotAPretender 06-28-2007 04:25 PM

What a life she must have led, spanning tremendous personal and world-wide tragedy and change!

Thank you for bringing information about her to light.

Marengo 06-29-2007 10:18 AM

Well, not much is knwon about the Queen IMHO. Of course we know WHAT she did etc. but not how she felt about it all etc. I don't think any good biography was ever written about her and I haven't read many lettres of her.

jcbcode99 06-29-2007 11:12 AM

I was on a site for the Danish Royal Jewels looking at tiaras and such and came across this interesting lady, so I did a bit of research. I was struck by how young she looked in all the photos I could find--and I discovered that she was 41 years younger than her husband, Willem III. But, his first marriage had been very, very unhappy and by all accounts Queen Emma and he were very happy together. I think its sweet.

Marengo 07-02-2007 05:09 AM

Well, the King was older and more 'tame' and unlike Queen Sophie, Queen Emma knew how to deal with the Kings temper.
On most pictures Queen Emma seems much older then she actually was, mostly due to her wearing the widow-cap (?) and rather unflattering clothes.

Marengo 07-02-2007 06:26 AM

Two more pictures:

Emma and her daughter Wilhelmina:

Marengo 07-02-2007 06:27 AM

A painting of Queen Emma and her daughter Queen Wilhelmina entering Amsterdam in the creme-caleche:

Marengo 11-26-2007 08:18 PM

As posted by Joris on the Benelux Royals MB:


Nel Kars, a Dutch actress has, throughout the years focused on solos on stage, portraying, so far, Queen Sophie, Queen Anna Paulowna and Princess Marianne. Now she has (since October) added Queen Emma to her repertoire. "Koningin Emma, Redster van Oranje" (Queen Emma, saviour of Orange). According to Nel Kars Emma was "a true Orange mother and very loved by the people. The monarchy was shaky when she was appointed Regent [for minor Queen Wilhelmina] after the death of King Willem III, but she succeeded in preventing the fall of the monarchy by means of her popularity. Quite something for a little German 20-years old princess once marrying a 61-years old man."

In this performance Nel Kars also personifies a lady-in-waiting to the Queen: baroness Van Ittersum.

She bases her lines on research she did at Het Loo Palace and The Royal House Archive. The actual text is written by Ton Vorstenbosch, who wrote more "royal plays" (on Emily Bremers, on Wilhelmina, on Juliana).

Kars also makes the costumes herself based on personal research.
(BTW Kars is Knight Order Orange-Nassau.)

This weekend "Queen Emma" can be seen at Het Loo Palace...

Welkom bij Nel Kars

Russophile 11-26-2007 08:26 PM

Boy there were an awful LOT of minor German principalities, weren't there?

PssMarie-Elisabeth 06-05-2008 09:53 PM

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After Willem III of the Netherlands, Queen Regent with the 'heir apparent'

lucien 07-17-2008 12:58 PM

Now on-line at the Royal House website:

The exhibition on Queen Emma at Bad Arolsen:

Queen Emma (1858 - 1934) bride,mother and Regent.

Het Koninklijk Huis

lucien 07-29-2008 05:20 AM


Originally Posted by lucien (Post 800167)
Now on-line at the Royal House website:

The exhibition on Queen Emma at Bad Arolsen:

Queen Emma (1858 - 1934) bride,mother and Regent.

Het Koninklijk Huis

This saturday,2nd of august,it will be the 150th anniversary of the birth of Queen Mother Emma.

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