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Countess Maria Louise Albertine of Leiningen-Falkenburg-Dagsburg
Princess of Hesse-Darmstadt by marriage

Countess Maria Louise Albertine of Leiningen-Falkenburg-Dagsburg

Countess Maria Louise Albertine of Leiningen-Falkenburg-Dagsburg
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Intro Princess of Hesse-Darmstadt by marriage
A.K.A. Maria Louise de Leiningen-Dagsbourg-Falkenbourg
Was Princess Noble
Field Royals
Gender female
Birth 16 March 1729, Heidesheim am Rhein
Death 11 March 1818, Neustrelitz (aged 89 years)
Father: Christian Karl Reinhard of Leiningen-Dachsburg-Falkenburg-Heidesheim
Spouse: Prince George William of Hesse-Darmstadt
Children: Landgravine Louise of Hesse-DarmstadtLandgravine Charlotte of Hesse-DarmstadtLandgravine Friederike of Hesse-DarmstadtLandgravine Augusta Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt
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Countess Maria Louise Albertine of Leiningen-Falkenburg-Dagsburg (16 March 1729 – 11 March 1818); also known as Princess George, was heiress to the barony of Broich and by marriage Princess of Hesse-Darmstadt. She was the grandmother and educator of Princess Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who later became Queen consort of Prussia.


Maria Louise Albertine was a daughter of Count Christian Karl Reinhard of Leiningen-Dachsburg-Falkenburg-Heidesheim (1695–1766) and his wife Countess Katharina Polyxena of Solms-Rödelheim (1702–1765). After the death of her father, she was heiress to the barony of Broich and began with the architect Nicolas de Pigage, the restoration and expansion of the Broich Castle. In 1806, the government of Broich was dissolved by Napoleon in 1815 and Broich was annexed by Prussia.

On 16 March 1748, She married Prince George William of Hesse-Darmstadt, the brother of the reigning Landgrave Louis IX of Hesse-Darmstadt in Heidesheim am Rhein. As Louis IX stayed almost exclusively in Pirmasens, she felt obliged, after the death of his wife in 1774, to represent the territory in the capital Darmstadt.

Her daughters Friederike and Charlotte were the first and second wives of Prince Charles II of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. They both died in childbirth. Charles then ended his service as governor-general in Hannover and moved with his children to his mother in Darmstadt. Princess George was a widow since 1782 and took over the education and care of Charles's children.

Charlotte did not move with her father to Darmstadt. At the age of 16, she had been married the Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen. His father visited his two sons frequently and moved to Hildburghausen with his oldest daughter in 1787, after he became president of the local imperial debit commission. Thus, Maria Luise cared primarily for Louise and her sisters Therese and Frederica for whom she provided a secure and largely informal home in the "Old Palace" at the market square in Darmstadt. She employed regional educational methods.

In 1790 she traveled with Louise, Frederica and George to Frankfurt to see the coronation of Emperor Leopold II. She stayed here with Catharina Elisabeth Goethe. In 1791, she joined an educational trip to the Netherlands. In 1792 she fled for the advancing French army and took the children from Darmstadt to her granddaughter Charlotte in Hildburghausen, where she remained until March 1793. On the return trip to Darmstadt, she traveled via Frankfurt, where a meeting between Louise and her future husband Frederick William III of Prussia had been arranged. In 1793 she accompanied Louise and Frederica to their wedding in Berlin.

Maria Louise was described as a magnificent person, warm hearted, cheerful all the time and usually speaking the Palatinate dialect. The proximity and warmth she has as a surrogate mother during the formative years of her granddaughters passed on to them.


Name Portrait Birth Death Notes
Ludwig Georg Karl 1749 1823 Married morganatically in 1788 Friederike Schmidt, Baroness von Hessenheim
Georg Friedrich 1750
Friederike Caroline
Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Friederyka Karolina.jpg 20 August 1752 22 May 1782 Married in 1768 Duke Charles of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, had issue
Georg Karl Schlossmuseum DA 03.jpg 14 June 1754 28 January 1830
Charlotte Wilhelmine
Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
CharlotteHeDaMeck.jpg 5 November 1755 12 December 1785 Married in 1784 Duke Charles of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, had issue
Karl Wilhelm Georg
1757 1797
Friedrich Georg August
1759 1808 Married morganatically in 1788 Karoline Luise Seitz, Baroness von Friedrich
Louise Henriette Caroline
LuiseHessenDarmstadt.jpg 15 February 1761 24 October 1829 Married in 1777 Louis X of Hesse-Darmstadt, had issue
Auguste Wilhelmine
Duchess of Zweibrücken
Augusta wilhelmine of hesse-darmstadt.jpg 14 April 1765 30 March 1796 Married in 1785 the future King Maximilian I of Bavaria, had issue


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