Princess Emma of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym

Princess Emma of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym (20 May 1802–1 August 1858) was a German princess. She was the Grandmother of the Dutch Queen Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, who was born the day after she died and was named after her.

Princess Emma
Princess of Waldeck and Pyrmont
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Emma of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym
Born(1802-05-20)20 May 1802
Schaumburg Castle
Died1 August 1858(1858-08-01) (aged 56)
(m. 1823; died 1845)
IssueAugusta, Countess Alfred of Stolberg-Stolberg
Hermine, Princess of Schaumburg-Lippe
George Victor, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
FatherVictor II, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym
MotherAmelia of Nassau-Weilburg


Emma was one of the four daughters of the prince Victor II, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym (1767–1812) from his marriage to Amelia of Nassau-Weilburg (1776–1841), daughter of Charles Christian, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg. She grew up together with her sisters in Hoym in Anhalt and was carefully educated. Their great-uncle, Frederick, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym, had waived his right of succession in Schaumburg and the County of Holzappel in 1811 in favour of his great-niece, but in 1828 this decision was overruled.[1]

After her husband's death in 1852, she ruled Waldeck and Pyrmont as Regent for her minor son George Victor. Among her first acts was a reform of the Waldeck contingent of the federal army, implemented in 1845 by Prussian officers.[2] The Revolutions of 1848 took place during Emma's reign; in Waldeck they led to a new parliament being convened.[3] Emma's reign has been described as an important phase in the history of Waldeck, with a complete overhaul of the organisation of the state.

The Emma Waterfall in the Gastein Valley was named after her, as was her granddaughter, the Dutch Queen regent Emma. A double thaler issued in 1847 was known as Fat Emma.[4]

Marriage and issueEdit

She married on 26 June 1823 at Schaumburg Castle, George II, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1789–1845). The couple had five children:

Ancestry and descentEdit



External linksEdit


  1. ^ Christian von Stramberg, Anton Joseph Weidenbach: Denkwürdiger und nützlicher Rheinischer Antiquarius, R. F. Hergt, Koblenz, 1853, p. 322
  2. ^ Ingeborg Schnack: Lebensbilder aus Kurhessen und Waldeck 1830-1930, vol. 20, part 6, N. G. Elwert, Marburg, 1958, p. 366
  3. ^ see Rauch
  4. ^ Dicke Emma. Page at
Princess Emma of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym
Born: 20 May 1802 Died: 1 August 1858
German royalty
Title last held by
Princess Augusta of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
Princess of Waldeck and Pyrmont
26 June 1823 – 15 May 1845
Title next held by
Princess Helena of Nassau