Princess Marie of Prussia (1855–1888)

Princess Marie of Prussia (Marie Elisabeth Louise Frederika; 14 September 1855, Marmorpalais, Potsdam 20 June 1888, Dresden), was a princess of the House of Hohenzollern. She was the daughter of Prince Frederick Charles of Prussia and later became second wife of Prince Henry of the Netherlands then the first wife of Prince Albert of Saxe-Altenburg. She was also the great-niece of Wilhelm I, German Emperor.

Princess Marie
Princess Henry of the Netherlands
Princess Albert of Saxe-Altenburg
Princess Marie of Prussia in 1878
Born14 September 1855
Marmorpalais, Potsdam
Died20 June 1888(1888-06-20) (aged 32)
Schloss Abrechtesberg, Dresden
  • Olga Elisabeth, Countess von Pückler-Burghaus
  • Marie, Princess Reuss of Köstritz
Full name
Marie Elisabeth Louise Frederika
FatherPrince Frederick Charles of Prussia
MotherPrincess Maria Anna of Anhalt-Dessau
Prussian Royalty
House of Hohenzollern
Descendants of Frederick William III
Great Grandchildren
Princess Marie
Elisabeth Anna, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Oldenburg
Princess Anna Victoria
Princess Louise Margaret, Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn
Prince Friedrich Leopold
Prince Friedrich Heinrich Albrecht
Prince Joachim Albert
Prince Friedrich Wilhelm


Princess Marie was the eldest daughter of Prussian field-marshal Prince Frederick Charles of Prussia (1828–1885) and his wife, Princess Maria Anna of Anhalt-Dessau (1837–1906). Marie's mother was the youngest daughter of Leopold IV, Duke of Anhalt and Princess Friederike of Prussia.

On 23 August 1878 Princess Marie married Prince Henry of Orange-Nassau at the Neuen Palais[1] (1820–1879), who had since 1850 been Governor of Luxembourg and Admiralleutnant zur See. He was the third son of the King William II of the Netherlands and his wife Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna of Russia. The marriage between Marie and Henry was arranged in an attempt to save the House of Orange-Nassau from extinction. Unfortunately, it was to prove childless: barely five months later, in January 1879, Prince Henry died after contracting measles.

Six years later, on 6 May 1885, Princess Marie married Prince Albert of Saxe-Altenburg in Berlin[2] (1843–1902), a son of Prince Eduard of Saxe-Altenburg and his second wife, Princess Luise Caroline Reuss zu Greiz. This marriage was to all reports a harmonious one and produced two children:

The princess died at Schloss Abrechtesberg[3][4] in 1888 from the effects of puerperal fever and was buried in the Saxe-Altenburg family vault. Her second husband remarried in 1891 to Duchess Helene of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in Remplin[5] (1857–1936), a niece of Friedrich Wilhelm, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, and granddaughter of Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich of Russia.

Princess Marie was godmother to her nephew Prince Arthur of Connaught, only son of her sister Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia. The christening occurred in the private chapel at Windsor Castle.

Titles and styles

  • 14 September 1855 – 23 August 1878: Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Prussia
  • 23 August 1878 – 6 May 1885: Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Orange-Nassau; Princess of the Netherlands
  • 6 May 1885 – 20 June 1888: Her Royal Highness Princess Albert of Saxe-Altenburg



  • C. Arnold McNaughton: The Book of Kings: A Royal Genealogy, in 3 volumes (London, U.K.: Garnstone Press, 1973), volume 1, page 66. Hereinafter cited as The Book of Kings.


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