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Princess Marie of the Netherlands

Princess Marie
Princess of Wied
Marie, Princess of Wied
Born (1841-06-05)5 June 1841
Wassenaar, Netherlands
Died 22 June 1910(1910-06-22) (aged 69)
Neuwied, Kingdom of Prussia
Spouse William, Prince of Wied
Issue William Frederick, Prince of Wied
Prince Alexander
William, Prince of Albania
Prince Victor
Princess Louise
Princess Elisabeth
Full name
Dutch: Wilhelmina Frederika Anna Elisabeth Marie
House House of Orange-Nassau (by birth)
House of Wied-Neuwied (by marriage)
Father Prince Frederick of the Netherlands
Mother Princess Louise of Prussia

Princess Marie of the Netherlands (Dutch: Prinses Wilhelmina Frederika Anna Elisabeth Marie der Nederlanden, Prinses van Oranje-Nassau; 5 June 1841 – 22 June 1910) was the fourth child and younger daughter of Prince Frederick of the Netherlands and wife of William, 5th Prince of Wied. She was the mother of William, Prince of Albania.

Early life

Marie was born at Wassenaar, Netherlands the fourth child and younger daughter of Prince Frederick of the Netherlands (1797–1881) second son of William I of the Netherlands, and his wife, Princess Louise of Prussia (1808–1870), daughter of Frederick William III of Prussia.

Princess Marie suffered at an early age of hearing problems. Like her sister Louise, she was considered intelligent and very regal, but rather unattractive. She nevertheless proved to be a truly spectacular heiress. Her parents hoped to marry her to the equally unattractive Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). Edward's mother, Queen Victoria, originally a supporter of the match, blew off the plan after meeting her and found her unattractive.

Marriage and family

Marie with her family

Marie married on 18 July 1871 in Wassenaar, William, Prince of Wied (1845–1907), elder son of Hermann, Prince of Wied and Princess Marie of Nassau.

They had six children:

Titles and styles

  • 5 June 1841 – 18 July 1871: Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau
  • 18 July 1871 – 22 October 1907: Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wied
  • 22 October 1907 – 22 June 1910: Her Royal Highness The Dowager Princess of Wied


Notes and sources

  • - Marie von Nassau, Princess of the Netherlands
  • Genealogics - Leo van de Pas - Princess Marie of The Netherlands
  • The Royal House of Stuart, London, 1969, 1971, 1976, Addington, A. C., Reference: page 354.
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