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Princess Alexandra of Hanover (1882–1963)

Princess Alexandra of Hanover (1882–1963)

Princess of Great Britain and Ireland, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Princess of Great Britain and Ireland, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Gender female
Birth September 29, 1882 (Schloss Ort)
Death Glücksburg Castle
Family
Mother: Princess Thyra of Denmark
Father: Prince Ernest Augustus3rd Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale
Siblings: Prince George William of HanoverPrince Christian of HanoverErnest AugustusDuke of Brunswick
Spouse: Frederick Francis IVGrand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Children: Friedrich FranzHereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-SchwerinDuke Christian Louis of MecklenburgDuchess Anastasia of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
The details
Biography

Princess Alexandra of Hanover and Cumberland (German: Alexandra Louise Marie Olga Elisabeth Therese Vera Prinzessin von Hannover und Cumberland), Princess of Great Britain and Ireland, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg (29 September 1882, Schloss Ort, Gmunden, Upper Austria, Austria-Hungary – 30 August 1963, Glücksburg Castle, Glücksburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany) was a granddaughter of Christian IX of Denmark.

Family

Alexandra was the second eldest daughter and third child of Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover (1845–1923) and Princess Thyra of Denmark (1853–1933), the youngest daughter of Christian IX of Denmark (1818–1906) and Louise of Hesse-Kassel (1817–1898). Alexandra was a great-great-granddaughter of George III of the United Kingdom (1738–1820) and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744–1818).

Marriage and issue

Alexandra married on 7 June 1904 in Gmunden, Austria-Hungary to Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1882–1945), son of Frederick Francis III, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and his wife Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia. Alexandra and Frederick Francis had five children:

  • Friedrich Franz, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (22 April 1910 – 31 July 2001). Married Karin Elisabeth von Schaper, daughter of Walter von Schaper and his wife Baroness Louise von Münchhausen. The couple had no issue.
  • Duke Christian Louis of Mecklenburg (29 September 1912– 18 July 1996). Married Princess Barbara of Prussia, daughter of Prince Sigismund of Prussia and Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Altenburg. The couple had issue.
  • Duchess Olga of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1916–1917).
  • Duchess Thyra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (18 June 1919 – 27 September 1981).
  • Duchess Anastasia of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (11 November 1923 – 25 January 1979). Married Prince Friedrich Ferdinand of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, son of Prince Albrecht of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and Countess Ortrud of Ysenburg and Büdingen. The couple had issue.

In 1913, a fire broke out at Schwerin Castle while the Duke, Duchess, and guests were dining there. Everyone was able to make it out safely, although the Duke and Duchess had to apparently rush through flying sparks when making their escape. There were a reported $750,000 in damages, in which countless works of art, as well as important rooms were utterly destroyed. Certain reports blamed the fire on a vengeful servant, although an official court announcement stated it was merely an electrical issue.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 29 September 1882 – 7 June 1904: Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Hanover and Cumberland
  • 7 June 1904 – 17 November 1945: Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
  • 17 November 1945 – 30 August 1963: Her Royal Highness The Dowager Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Ancestry

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