George, King of Saxony

George (German: Georg; 8 August 1832 – 15 October 1904) was a King of Saxony of the House of Wettin.

Photograph by Nicola Perscheid c. 1900
King of Saxony
Reign19 June 1902 – 15 October 1904
SuccessorFrederick Augustus III
Born(1832-08-23)23 August 1832
Died15 October 1904(1904-10-15) (aged 72)
SpouseMaria Anna of Portugal
Princess Mathilde
Frederick Augustus III, King of Saxony
Princess Maria Josepha
Prince Johann Georg
Prince Maximilian
Prince Albert
Full name
German: Friedrich August Georg Ludwig Wilhelm Maximilian Karl Maria Nepomuk Baptist Xaver Cyriacus Romanus
English: Frederick Augustus George Louis William Maximilian Charles Maria Nepomuk Baptist Xavier Cyriacus Romanus
FatherJohn, King of Saxony
MotherAmalie Auguste of Bavaria
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Early life

George was born in the Saxon capital Dresden. He was the second son of King John of Saxony (1801–1873) and his wife Princess Amelia of Bavaria (1801–1877), daughter of King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria (1756–1825).


On 11 May 1859 at Belém Palace, Lisbon, George married the younger sister of King Pedro V of Portugal: The Infanta Maria Anna of Portugal, eldest surviving daughter of Queen Maria II of Portugal and her consort Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha-Koháry. Maria Anna died young and George stayed unmarried for the rest of his long life.


Marie Johanna Amalie Ferdinande Antonie Luise Juliane19 June 18602 March 1861(1861-03-02) (aged 0)died in childhood, no issue
Elisabeth Albertine Karoline Sidonie Ferdinande Leopoldine Antonie Auguste Clementine14 February 186218 May 1863(1863-05-18) (aged 1)died in childhood, no issue
Mathilde Marie Auguste Viktorie Leopoldine Karoline Luise Franziska Josepha19 March 186327 March 1933(1933-03-27) (aged 70)died unmarried, no issue
Frederick Augustus Johann Ludwig Karl Gustav Gregor Philipp25 May 186518 February 1932(1932-02-18) (aged 66)married Princess Louise of Tuscany (1870–1947), had issue
Maria Josepha Luise Philippine Elisabeth Pia Angelica Margarethe31 May 186728 May 1944(1944-05-28) (aged 76)married to her second cousin Archduke Otto Franz of Austria (1865–1906), had issue
Johann Georg Pius Karl Leopold Maria Januarius Anacletus10 July 186924 November 1938(1938-11-24) (aged 69)married first Duchess Maria Isabella of Württemberg (1871–1904) and second Princess Maria Immaculata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1874–1906)
Maximilian Wilhelm August Albert Karl Gregor Odo17 November 187012 January 1951(1951-01-12) (aged 80)ordained as a Roman Catholic priest
Albert Karl Anton Ludwig Wilhelm Viktor25 February 187516 September 1900(1900-09-16) (aged 25)died unmarried, no issue, the result of injuries sustained in a carriage crash caused by Prince Miguel of Braganza

Military career

George served under his brother Albert's command during the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 and in the Franco-German War. In the re-organisation of the army which accompanied the march towards Paris, his brother the Crown Prince gained a separate command over the 4th army (Army of the Meuse) consisting of the Saxon XII corps, the Prussian Guard corps, and the IV (Prussian Saxony) corps and George succeeded him in command of the XII corps.

In 1871, Prince George was awarded the

King of Saxony

Prince George was a Generalfeldmarschall before his ascension. It gradually became clear that George's older brother Albert I (1828–1902) and his wife Queen Carola (1833–1907) would not have any children, thereby making George the heir presumptive to the throne. He succeeded Albert I as King of Saxony on 19 June 1902, albeit for just a brief two-year reign. He died in Pillnitz and was succeeded by his eldest son Frederick Augustus III (1865–1932), who was deposed in 1918.

King George was a controversial figure. He divorced by royal decree his eldest son from his daughter-in-law, Crown Princess Luise. Luise's flight from Dresden was due to her father-in-law's threatening to have her interned in Sonnestein Mental Asylum for life.



See also

  • Rulers of Saxony


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George, King of Saxony
Born: 8 August 1832 Died: 15 October 1904
Regnal titles
Preceded by
King of Saxony
Succeeded by
Frederick Augustus III
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