Princess Elisabeth of Anhalt

Princess Elisabeth of Anhalt (7 September 1857 – 20 July 1933) was the Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz from 1904 to 1914 as the spouse of Adolf Friedrich V, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

Elisabeth of Anhalt
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Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Tenure30 May 1904 – 11 June 1914
Born(1857-09-07)7 September 1857
Wörlitz, Duchy of Anhalt
Died20 July 1933(1933-07-20) (aged 75)
Neustrelitz, Free State of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Weimar Republic
Burial25 July 1933
Mirow, Mecklenburg
IssueMarie, Princess Julius Ernst of Lippe
Jutta, Crown Princess of Montenegro
Adolf Friedrich VI, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Duke Karl Borwin
Full name
Elisabeth Marie Friederike Amelie Agnes
FatherFrederick I, Duke of Anhalt
MotherAntoinette of Saxe-Altenburg


She was born Princess Elisabeth Marie Frederica Amelia Agnes in Wörlitz, the third child of Friedrich I, Duke of Anhalt and Princess Antoinette of Saxe-Altenburg. Her nickname in the family was "Elly".


Elisabeth's husband Adolphus Frederick

On April 17, 1877 Elisabeth became the Hereditary Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz when she married the then Hereditary Grand Duke, Adolf Friedrich in Dessau.

Elisabeth and Adolf Friedrich had four children:

Later lifeEdit

Following the death of her father-in-law on the 30 May 1904, she became the Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz following her husband's ascension to the throne.

Adolf Friederich died in 1914, making Elisabeth the Dowager Duchess.

After the death of her eldest son, Grand Duke Adolf Frederick, in 1918 she inherited the 'hunting castle' of Prilvitz.

She died in Neustrelitz on 20 July 1933.

When she died, her castle of Prilvitz was inherited by her surviving children, which were her two adult daughters. Only Marie, elder of these, has progeny to the present day (such as, a sideline of princes zur Lippe)

Titles and stylesEdit

  • 7 September 1857 – 19 August 1863: Her Highness Princess Elisabeth of Anhalt-Dessau
  • 19 August 1863 – 17 April 1877: Her Highness Princess Elisabeth of Anhalt
  • 17 April 1877 – 30 May 1904:Her Royal Highness The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
  • 30 May 1904 – 11 June 1914: Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
  • 11 June 1914 – 20 July 1933: Her Royal Highness The Dowager Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz



  1. ^ Erstling, Frank; Frank Saß; Eberhard Schulze (April 2001). "Das Fürstenhaus von Mecklenburg-Strelitz". Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Beiträge zur Geschichte einer Region (in German). Friedland: Steffen. p. 184. ISBN 3-9807532-0-4.

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Princess Elisabeth of Anhalt
Born: 7 September 1857 Died: 20 July 1933
German royalty
Preceded by
Princess Augusta of Cambridge
Grand Duchess consort of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Succeeded by
Monarchy abolished in 1918