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Princess Alexandrine of Prussia

Prussian princess
The basics
About
Date of birth Berlin, Germany
Date of death Apr 21, 1892 Schwerin, Schwerin District, East Germany
Family
Spouse: Paul Frederick, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Children: Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin Luise of Mecklenburg Duke William of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Mother: Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Sister(s): Alexandra Feodorovna Princess Louise of Prussia
Father: Frederick William III of Prussia
Brother(s): Wilhelm I of Germany Prince Charles of Prussia Prince Albert of Prussia Frederick William IV of Prussia
Awards Order of Louise
Authority VIAF id
The details
Biography

Princess Alexandrine of Prussia (23 February 1803 – 21 April 1892) was Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin by marriage to Paul Frederick, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. She was the daughter of Frederick William III of Prussia and Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

Life

Alexandrine was the seventh child and fourth daughter of Frederick William III of Prussia and his wife Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. She was a younger sister of Frederick William IV of Prussia, Wilhelm I of Prussia, and Charlotte, Empress of Russia.

Her mother was a niece of Queen Charlotte of the United Kingdom and a sister of Queen Frederica of Hanover.

On 25 May 1822, she married Paul Frederick of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. He succeeded his grandfather as Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in 1837.

Her marriage was generally considered unhappy; Paul Frederick was a military man who had little time for or interest in his wife and family. Alexandrine, by contrast, was a devoted mother who tenderly raised her children and actively cultivated their cultural pursuits. Alexandrine herself was very cultured but was also described as a stereotypically-remote German princess. She was not considered an intellectual but attended scholarly lectures and read many books.

At the time of her death, she was the last surviving grandchild of Frederick William II of Prussia. She saw several Prussian Kings in the length of her long life: they were Frederick William III (her father), Frederick William IV and Wilhelm I (brothers), Frederick III (nephew) and Wilhelm II (greatnephew). Also outlived her son and would die in the reign of her grandson Frederick Francis III.

Issue

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles

Monument in Schwerin, by Hugo Berwald
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandrine of Prussia (1803–1822)
  • Her Royal Highness The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1822–1837)
  • Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1837–1842)
  • Her Royal Highness The Dowager Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1842–1892)

Honours

  • Dame of the Order of Louise

Ancestry

Alexandrine's ancestors in three generations

16. Frederick William I of Prussia
8. Prince Augustus William of Prussia
17. Sophia Dorothea of Hanover
4. Frederick William II of Prussia
18. Ferdinand Albert II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
9. Duchess Louise Amalie of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
19. Duchess Antoinette of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
2. Frederick William III of Prussia
20. Louis VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
10. Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
21. Countess Charlotte of Hanau-Lichtenberg
5. Frederika Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt
22. Christian III, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken
11. Countess Palatine Caroline of Zweibrücken
23. Countess Caroline of Nassau-Saarbrücken
1. Princess Alexandrine of Prussia
24. Adolf Frederick II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
12. Charles Louis Frederick, Duke of Mecklenburg-Mirow
25. Princess Christiane Emilie of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
6. Charles II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
26. Ernest Frederick I, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen
13. Princess Elizabeth Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen
27. Countess Sophia Albertine of Erbach-Erbach
3. Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
28. Louis VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (= 20)
14. Landgrave George William of Hesse-Darmstadt
29. Countess Charlotte of Hanau-Lichtenberg (= 21)
7. Landgravine Friederike Caroline Luise of Hesse-Darmstadt
30. Count Christian Karl Reinhard of Leiningen-Dachsburg-Falkenburg-Heidesheim
15. Maria Louise Albertine of Leiningen-Falkenburg-Dagsburg
31. Countess Katharina Polyxena of Solms-Rödelheim
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