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Princess Mathilde of Saxony (1863–1933)

Saxon princess
The basics
Occupation Artist
Country Germany
Date of birth Dresden, Dresden Directorate District, Saxony, Germany
Date of death Mar 27, 1933 Dresden, Dresden Directorate District, Saxony, Germany
Mother: Infanta Maria Anna of Portugal
Brother(s): Frederick Augustus II of Saxony Prince Johann Georg of Saxony Prince Maximilian of Saxony Prince Albert of Saxony Frederick Augustus III of Saxony
Father: George
Authority VIAF id
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Princess Mathilde of Saxony, Duchess of Saxony (19 March 1863, Dresden, Saxony – 27 March 1933, Dresden, Saxony, Germany) was the third child and third-eldest daughter of George of Saxony and his wife, Maria Anna of Portugal. She was an elder sister of the Kingdom of Saxony's last king, Frederick Augustus III of Saxony.


As a young girl, Mathilde was quiet and gentle, but she was not especially good-looking. Her father, George of Saxony, had planned a marriage between Mathilde and Archduke Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, Hungary, and Bohemia, however Rudolf rejected this arrangement and instead married Princess Stéphanie of Belgium.

It was then agreed that Mathilde would marry a nephew of Emperor Franz Joseph I and the presumptive heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand. However, dynastic relations between the Saxon royal family and the Habsburgs were once again strained when Franz Ferdinand chose to marry morganatically Sophie Chotek, Countess of Chotkov and Vojnín. (Relations between the two nations improved only when Mathilde's younger sister Maria Josepha married her second cousin, Archduke Otto Francis.)

Mathilde became embittered by these rejections and turned critical and waspish; she also turned to alcohol to ease her unhappiness, acquiring the nickname "Schnapps-Mathilde" for obvious reasons. She made life difficult for other members of the royal family, and as a consequence was the least popular of the family by a wide margin among the people of Saxony.

She was a talented painter and took lessons from the artist Alfred Diethe from 1890 to 1901. Some of her paintings, mainly landscapes and scenes of court life in Pillnitz, were made into prints. Others appeared on postcards, which were sold to raise money for charity.

Mathilde died unmarried on 27 March 1933 at the age of 70. She was interred in the New Tomb of the Katholische Hofkirche in Dresden.

Names, titles, styles, honours, etc.

Full name

Her birth name was Mathilde Marie Auguste Viktorie Leopoldine Karoline Luise Franziska Josepha of Saxony, Duchess of Saxony. Her full German name was Prinzessin Mathilde Marie Auguste Viktorie Leopoldine Karoline Luise Franziska Josepha von Sachsen, Herzogin zu Sachsen

Titles and styles

From 19 March 1863 to 27 March 1933, she was styled Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Saxony, Duchess of Saxony.


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