Princess Louise of Saxe-Hildburghausen

Princess Charlotte Luise Friederike Amalie Alexandrine of Saxe-Hildburghausen,[citation needed] full German name: Charlotte Luise Friederike Amalie Alexandrine, Prinzessin von Sachsen-Hildburghausen[citation needed] (28 January 1794, Hildburghausen, Saxe-Hildburghausen[citation needed] – 6 April 1825, Biebrich, Duchy of Nassau[citation needed]) was a member of the House of Saxe-Hildburghausen and a Princess of Saxe-Hildburghausen (and later of Saxe-Altenburg) by birth. Through her marriage to William, Duke of Nassau, Louise was also a member of the House of Nassau-Weilburg and Duchess consort of Nassau. Louise was briefly Princess consort of Nassau-Weilburg in 1816.

Princess Louise
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Princess consort of Nassau-Weilburg
PredecessorLouise Isabelle of Kirchberg
SuccessorNone. Incorporated into the Duchy of Nassau
Duchess consort of Nassau
PredecessorNone. New Title
SuccessorPauline of Württemberg
Born(1794-01-28)28 January 1794
Hildburghausen, Saxe-Hildburghausen
Died6 April 1825(1825-04-06) (aged 31)
Biebrich, Duchy of Nassau
(m. 1813)
IssueTherese, Duchess of Oldenburg
Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Marie, Princess of Wied
German: Charlotte Luise Friederike Amalie Alexandrine
FatherFrederick, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
MotherDuchess Charlotte Georgine of Mecklenburg-Strelitz


Louise was the seventh child of Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen and his wife Duchess Charlotte Georgine of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.[citation needed] One of her godparents were her aunt, Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen consort of Kingdom of Prussia. Louise and her sister Therese were considered very beautiful, and were the subject of the Friedrich Rückert poem “Mit drei Moosrosen."

Marriage and issueEdit

In 1809, Ludwig, Crown Prince of Bavaria visited Schloss Hildburghausen to choose his bride. Ludwig chose between Louise and Therese and finally selected Therese. Louise married William, Duke of Nassau, eldest son of Frederick William, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg and his wife Burgravine Louise Isabelle of Kirchberg, on 24 June 1813 in Weilburg.[citation needed] To honor the occasion of their marriage, the Civil Guard of Weilberg and Samuel Luja (1735–1818) composed the "Cantate am Feste der Heimführung des Erbprinzen Wilhelm von Nassau mit der Prinzessin Louise von Sachsen-Hildburghausen."

Louise and William had eight children:[citation needed]

The marriage was an unhappy one. Louise's husband was not only autocratic in politics, but also with regard to his family circle and bullied his wife and children.

Louise died in 1825 shortly after the birth of her youngest daughter, Marie. Following her death, Louise's husband married her sister Charlotte's daughter Princess Pauline of Württemberg (1810–1856). The Luisenplatz and Luisenstraße in Wiesbaden are named for Louise.




  • Heinrich Ferdinand Schoeppl: Die Herzoge von Sachsen-Altenburg. Bozen 1917, Neudruck Altenburg 1992
  • Dr. Rudolf Armin Human: Chronik der Stadt Hildburghausen, Hildburghausen 1886
Princess Louise of Saxe-Hildburghausen
Cadet branch of the House of Wettin
Born: 28 January 1794 Died: 6 April 1825
German nobility
Preceded by
Louise Isabelle of Kirchberg
Princess consort of Nassau-Weilburg
Succeeded by
(Principality incorporated into the Duchy of Nassau)
Preceded by
(Newly created state)
Duchess consort of Nassau
9 January 1816–6 April 1825
Succeeded by
Pauline of Württemberg