Princess Marie of Nassau

Princess Marie of Nassau (German: Prinzessin Marie Wilhelmine Friederike Elisabeth von Nassau; 29 January 1825  24 March 1902) was the eighth child and fourth daughter of William, Duke of Nassau and wife of Hermann, 4th Prince of Wied. She was the mother of Queen Elisabeth of Romania.

Princess Marie
Princess consort of Wied
Born(1825-01-29)29 January 1825
Biebrich, Duchy of Nassau
Died24 March 1902(1902-03-24) (aged 77)
Neuwied, Duchy of Nassau
SpouseHermann, Prince of Wied
IssueElisabeth, Queen of Romania
William, Prince of Wied
Prince Otto
Full name
German: Marie Wilhelmine Friederike Elisabeth
FatherWilliam, Duke of Nassau
MotherPrincess Louise of Saxe-Hildburghausen

Early life

Marie was born at Biebrich, Duchy of Nassau the eighth child and fourth daughter of William, Duke of Nassau (1792–1839) by his first wife, Princess Louise of Saxe-Hildburghausen (1794–1825), daughter of Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg.

She was sister of:

And half sister (as well as first cousin once removed) of:

Marriage and family

Marie married on 20 June 1842 in Biebrich, Hermann, Prince of Wied (1814–1864), elder son of Johann August Carl, Prince of Wied and Princess Sophie Auguste of Solms-Braunfels. They had three children:

Private life

According to the German writer and socialite Marie von Bunsen (1860–1941), Princess Marie is reported to have had a relationship with the Baden politician Franz von Roggenbach (1825–1907) to whom she even might have been married morganatically after her husband's death.[1]

Titles and styles

  • 29 January 1825 – 20 June 1842: Her Ducal Serene Highness Princess Marie of Nassau
  • 20 June 1842 – 5 March 1864: Her Ducal Serene Highness The Princess of Wied
  • 5 March 1864 – 24 March 1902: Her Ducal Serene Highness The Dowager Princess of Wied


Notes and sources

  1. Marie von Bunsen: Die Welt, in der ich lebte. Koehler & Amelang, Leipzig 1930.
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