Princess Magdalena Reuss of Köstritz

Princess Magdalena Reuss of Köstritz (20 August 1920 - 10 October 2009) was the wife of Prince Hubertus of Prussia.[1] She was a member of the House of Reuss.

Princess Magdalena
Princess Hubertus of Prussia
Born(1920-08-20)20 August 1920
Leipzig, Weimar Republic
Died10 October 2009(2009-10-10) (aged 89)
Löwenstein Castle, Kleinheubach, Germany
SpousePrince Hubertus of Prussia
IssueAnastasia, Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
Princess Marie Christine
Full name
German: Magdalene Pauline
HouseReuss Younger Line
FatherPrince Heinrich XXXVI Reuss of Köstritz
MotherPrincess Hermine of Schönburg-Waldenburg

Marriage and issue

On 5 June 1943 at Schloss Prillwitz in Potsdam, Magdalena married Prince Hubertus of Prussia, a younger son of William, German Crown Prince and Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.[1][2][3][4] He had previously been married to Baroness Maria Anna von Humboldt-Dachdroeden, whom he divorced the year he married Magdalena.[3][4][5]

They had two daughters:

The couple settled briefly in Silesia but were forced to flee west with their infant daughter Anastasia from the advancing Red Army.[2] Hubertus found work managing several wineries in 1947, and the couple had their second daughter that same year. Hubertus moved to south-western Africa in 1950 to begin a new life as a sheep farmer; he chose to leave because it "was a haven of rest far distant from the political turmoil in Germany".[2] Magdalena and their two daughters planned to join him in Windhoek in the summer of that year.[2] Hubertus caught appendicitis and died from peritonitis in April the following year with his wife by his side.[3]

Magdalena moved back to Germany with her two daughters, where she raised them. Anastasia married the Hereditary Prince of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg in 1965, and Marie Christine died the next year in a car accident.[2]

Magdalena died on 10 October 2009 at her daughter Anastasia's home.[1][2][3] She was the last surviving daughter-in-law of Crown Prince Wilhelm. Magdalena was buried next to her husband at St. Michaels Bastei, near Burg Hohenzollern.[2][3]


Titles and styles

  • 20 August 1920 – 5 June 1943: Her Serene Highness Princess Magdalena Reuss of Köstritz[1]
  • 5 June 1943 – 10 October 2009: Her Royal Highness Princess Hubertus of Prussia


  1. Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Magdalene Pauline Prinzessin Reuss zu Köstritz". Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  2. Eilers Koenig, Marlene (2009-10-13). "Princess Hubertus of Prussia has died". Royal Musings. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  3. "Princess Magdalene of Prussia has Died". The Royal Forums. 2009-10-12. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  4. "Kaiser's Grandson Weds", The New York Times, Berne, Switzerland, 9 June 1943
  5. Eilers Koenig, Marlene. "If circumstances had been different ..." The Royal Forums. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
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