Princess Augusta Reuss of Köstritz

Princess Augusta Reuss, Junior Line (Auguste Mathilde Wilhelmine Reuß; 26 May 1822 – 3 March 1862) was Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin as the first spouse of Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

Princess Augusta
Auguste, Groothertogin van Mecklenburg-Schwerin.jpg
Portrait by Friedrich Kaulbach, 1856
Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Reign3 November 1849 – 3 March 1862
Born(1822-05-26)26 May 1822
Klipphausen, Kingdom of Saxony
Died3 March 1862(1862-03-03) (aged 39)
Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Schwerin
SpouseFrederick Francis II
IssueFrederick Francis III
Duke Paul Frederick
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia
Duke Nikolaus
Duke John Albert
Duke Alexander
HouseReuss Junior Line
FatherHeinrich LXIII, Prince Reuss of Köstritz
MotherCountess Eleonore of Stolberg-Wernigerode

Early lifeEdit

Princess Augusta, third child and second daughter of Prince Heinrich LXIII Reuss-Köstritz, and his first wife, Countess Eleonore of Stolberg-Wernigerode, was born at Klipphausen, Kingdom of Saxony.[1]

Reuss zu Köstritz branch belonged to the Junior line of the House of Reuss.


On 3 November 1849 in Ludwigslust, Augusta married Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin son of Paul Frederick, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.[1] Together they had six children.[2]


Augusta Memorial at Schwerin.

Augusta's early death raised some questions in the court. It was said that Augusta died of "bronchial problems associated with heart disease".[3] One biographer said, she died of a type of fever.[4]

Augusta was buried in the gardens of Schwerin Castle and by 1905 a memorial portrait was built by sculptor Wilhelm Wandschneider.



  1. ^ a b C. Arnold McNaughton, The Book of Kings, volume 1, page 415.
  2. ^ C. Arnold McNaughton, The Book of Kings, volume 1, page 416.
  3. ^ Jürgen Bochert, "Mecklenburgs Großherzöge" (1992).
  4. ^ Ludwig von Hirschfield,"Friedrich Franz II vom Meckl.-Schwerin und seine Vorgänger", Leipzig (1891).
Princess Augusta Reuss of Köstritz
Cadet branch of the House of Reuss
Born: 26 May 1822 Died: 3 March 1862
German royalty
Title last held by
Princess Alexandrine of Prussia
Grand Duchess consort of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
3 November 1849 – 3 March 1862
Title next held by
Princess Anna of Hesse and by Rhine