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Princess Elisabeth of Anhalt

Princess Elisabeth of Anhalt German princess

German princess
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German princess
A.K.A. Elisabeth
Gender female
Birth 7 September 1857 (Wörlitz)
Death 20 July 1933 (Neustrelitz)
Mother: Princess Antoinette of Saxe-Altenburg
Father: Frederick IDuke of Anhalt
Siblings: LeopoldHereditary Prince of AnhaltEduardDuke of AnhaltFriedrich IIDuke of AnhaltPrince Aribert of Anhalt
Spouse: Adolphus Frederick VGrand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Children: Duchess Marie of MecklenburgDuchess Jutta of Mecklenburg-StrelitzAdolphus Frederick VIGrand Duke of Mecklenburg-StrelitzKarl Borwin zu Mecklenburg
The details

Princess Elisabeth of Anhalt (7 September 1857 – 20 July 1933) was the Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz from 1904 to 1914 as the spouse of Adolf Friedrich V, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.


She was born Princess Elisabeth Marie Frederica Amelia Agnes in Wörlitz, the third child of Friedrich I, Duke of Anhalt and Princess Antoinette of Saxe-Altenburg. Her nickname in the family was "Elly".


Elisabeth's husband Adolphus Frederick

On April 17, 1877 Elisabeth became the Hereditary Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz when she married the then Hereditary Grand Duke, Adolf Friedrich in Dessau.

Elisabeth and Adolf Friedrich had four children:

  • Duchess Marie (1878–1948) married (1) Count George Jametel (2) Prince Julius Ernst of Lippe
  • Duchess Jutta (1880–1946) married Danilo, Crown Prince of Montenegro
  • Duke Adolf Friedrich VI (1882–1918)
  • Duke Karl Borwin (1888–1908); killed in a duel
  • Erstling, Frank; Frank Saß; Eberhard Schulze (April 2001). "Das Fürstenhaus von Mecklenburg-Strelitz". Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Beiträge zur Geschichte einer Region (in German). Friedland: Steffen. p. 184. ISBN 3-9807532-0-4. 

Later life

Following the death of her father-in-law on the 30 May 1904, she became the Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz following her husband's ascension to the throne.

Adolf Friederich died in 1914, making Elisabeth the Dowager Duchess.

After the death of her eldest son, Grand Duke Adolf Frederick, in 1918 she inherited the 'hunting castle' of Prilvitz.

She died in Neustrelitz on 20 July 1933.

When she died, her castle of Prilvitz was inherited by her surviving children, which were her two adult daughters. Only Marie, elder of these, has progeny to the present day (such as, a sideline of princes zur Lippe)


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