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Princess Marie Anne of Saxe-Altenburg

German princess
The basics
AKA Maria Anna von Sachsen-Altenburg
Date of birth Altenburg, Altenburger Land, Thuringia, Germany
Date of death May 03, 1918 Bückeburg, Schaumburg, Lower Saxony, Germany
Mother: Princess Augusta of Saxe-Meiningen
Brother(s): Ernst II Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
Children: Adolf II, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe Wolrad, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe Prince Friedrich Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe Stefan van Schaumburg-Lippe
Sister(s): Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Altenburg Princess Louise Charlotte of Saxe-Altenburg
Spouse: Georg, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe
Father: Prince Moritz of Saxe-Altenburg
The details

Princess Marie Anne of Saxe-Altenburg (14 March 1864 – 3 May 1918) was the consort of Georg, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe. As the eldest daughter of Prince Moritz of Saxe-Altenburg and his wife Princess Augusta of Saxe-Meiningen, and a sister of Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg, Marie Anne was a member of the Ducal House of Saxe-Altenburg.

Marriage and issue

On 16 April 1882 at Altenburg, Marie Anne married Georg, Hereditary Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe. He was the eldest son of Adolf I, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe, and succeeded as Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe in 1893.

The couple had nine children together:

  • Prince Adolf II (1883–1936); married Ellen von Bischoff-Korthaus
  • Prince Moritz Georg (1884–1920)
  • Prince Peter (1886-1886)
  • Prince Wolrad (1887–1962); married Princess Bathildis of Schaumburg-Lippe, a distant cousin
  • Prince Stephan (1891–1965); married Duchess Ingeborg of Oldenburg, daughter of Frederick Augustus II, Grand Duke of Oldenburg
  • Prince Heinrich (1894–1952); married Countess Marie-Erika von Hardenberg
  • Princess Margaretha (1896–1897)
  • Prince Friedrich Christian (1906–1983); married Countess Alexandra Hedwig Johanna Bertha Marie zu Castell-Rüdenhausen
  • Princess Elisabeth (1908–1933); married Baron Johann Herring von Frankensdorff

Silver wedding anniversary

On the occasion of their silver wedding anniversary in 1907, Emperor Wilhelm II presented to Georg and Marie Anne the family ancestral seat, Castle Schaumburg. The castle had been controlled by the Hohenzollerns ever since Georg's grandfather sided with the Austrians in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. The gift was also meant to be in recognition of Georg's support in the dispute over the succession to the Lippe-Detmold throne.

Prince George died on 29 April 1911. Princess Marie Anne died seven years later, on 3 May 1918 at age 54.

Titles and styles

  • 14 March 1864 – 16 April 1882: Her Highness Princess Marie Anne of Saxe-Altenburg, Duchess of Saxony
  • 16 April 1882 – 8 May 1893: Her Highness The Hereditary Princess of Schaumburg-Lippe
  • 8 May 1893 – 29 April 1911: Her Highness The Princess of Schaumburg-Lippe
  • 29 April 1911 – 8 October 1918: Her Highness The Dowager Princess of Schaumburg-Lippe


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