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Princess Augusta Reuss of Köstritz

Princess Augusta Reuss of Köstritz

German princess
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German princess
Gender female
Birth 26 May 1822
Death 3 March 1862 (Schwerin)
Mother: Eleonore of Stolberg-Wernigerode
Father: Heinrich LXIIIPrince Reuss of Köstritz
Spouse: Frederick Francis IIGrand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Children: Frederick Francis IIIGrand Duke of Mecklenburg-SchwerinDuke Paul Frederick of MecklenburgDuchess Marie of Mecklenburg-SchwerinDuke John Albert of Mecklenburg
The details

Princess Augusta Reuss of Köstritz (Auguste Reuss; 26 May 1822 – 3 March 1862) was the consort and first wife of Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

Early life

Princess Augusta, third child and second daughter of Prince Heinrich LXIII Reuss-Köstritz, and his first wife, Countess Eleonore of Stolberg-Wernigerode, was born at Klipphausen, Kingdom of Saxony.

Her family belonged to the Junior line of the House of Reuss.


On 3 November 1849 in Ludwigslust, Augusta married Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin son of Paul Frederick, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Together they had six children.

  • Frederick Francis III (1851–1897) father of Alexandrine, Queen of Denmark and Cecile, last Crown Princess of Prussia.
  • Paul Friedrich (1852–1923) married Princess Marie of Windisch-Grätz.
  • Marie (1854–1920) married Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia. Their son Cyril became pretender to the Russian throne after the assassination of his cousin Nicholas II of Russia.
  • Nikolaus (1855–1856).
  • John Albert (1857–1920) Imperial regent of the Duchy of Brunswick; married Princess Elisabeth Sybille of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.
  • Duke Alexander (1859–1859).
  • C. Arnold McNaughton, The Book of Kings, volume 1, page 416.


Augusta Memorial at Schwerin.

Augusta's early death raised some questions in the court. It was said that Augusta died of "bronchial problems associated with heart disease". One biographer said, she died of a type of fever.

Augusta was buried in the gardens of Schwerin Castle and by 1905 a memorial portrait was built by sculptor Wilhelm Wandschneider.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 26 May 1822 – 3 November 1849: Her Serene Highness Princess Augusta Reuss of Köstritz
  • 3 November 1849 – 3 March 1862: Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin


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