Princess Marie of the Netherlands

Princess Marie of the Netherlands (Dutch: Prinses Wilhelmina Frederika Anna Elisabeth Marie der Nederlanden, Prinses van Oranje-Nassau; 5 June 1841 – 22 June 1910) was the fourth child and younger daughter of Prince Frederick of the Netherlands and wife of William, 5th Prince of Wied. She was the mother of William, Prince of Albania. She was the last surviving grandchild of William I of the Netherlands.

Princess Marie
Princess of Wied
Marie Princess of Wied.jpg
1871
Born(1841-06-05)5 June 1841
Wassenaar, Netherlands
Died22 June 1910(1910-06-22) (aged 69)
Neuwied, Kingdom of Prussia
SpouseWilliam, Prince of Wied
Issue
Names
Dutch: Wilhelmina Frederika Anna Elisabeth Marie
HouseOrange-Nassau
FatherPrince Frederick of the Netherlands
MotherPrincess Louise of Prussia

Early lifeEdit

Marie was born at Wassenaar, Netherlands, the fourth child and younger daughter of Prince Frederick of the Netherlands (1797–1881) second son of William I of the Netherlands, and his wife, Princess Louise of Prussia (1808–1870), daughter of Frederick William III of Prussia.

Princess Marie was diagnosed with profound hearing problems at an early age. Like her sister Louise, she was considered intelligent - and very regal - but not attractive. Her marital considerations were also affected by the considerable fortune (enormous even by contemporary royal/imperial standards) that she would bring to any match. Her parents hoped to marry her to Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) but the Prince's mother, Queen Victoria knowing her son's sexual proclivities, opposed the match.

Marriage and familyEdit

 
Marie with her family

Marie married on 18 July 1871 in Wassenaar, William, Prince of Wied (1845–1907), elder son of Hermann, Prince of Wied and Princess Marie of Nassau.

They had six children:

AncestryEdit

Notes and sourcesEdit

  • The Royal House of Stuart, London, 1969, 1971, 1976, Addington, A. C., Reference: page 354.