|Birth||March 26, 1826 (Hildburghausen)|
|Death||February 2, 1896 (Oldenburg)|
Princess Elisabeth Pauline Alexandrine of Saxe-Altenburg (26 March 1826 – 2 February 1896) was a daughter of Joseph, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg and his wife Duchess Amelia of Württemberg. By marriage, she became Grand Duchess of Oldenburg.
Family and early life
Elisabeth was born on 26 March 1826 in Hildburghausen. She was the fourth daughter born to Joseph, the then Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Hildburghausen and his wife Duchess Amelia of Württemberg. Her official title was Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Hildburghausen until later that year, when her family moved to Altenburg as a result of a transfer of territories among the various branches of the Ernestine Wettins. Elisabeth then took the title Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Altenburg. In 1834, her father succeeded as Duke of Saxe-Altenburg, but was forced to abdicate in the civil revolution of 1848 due to the conservative, anti-reform nature of his government.
Elisabeth and her siblings were educated by Carl Ludwig Nietzsche, the father of the famous philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Her sisters included Queen Marie of Hanover (wife of George V of Hanover) and Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna of Russia (wife of Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich of Russia). Through Alexandra, Elisabeth was an aunt of Queen Olga of Greece.
On 10 February 1852, Elisabeth married her second cousin Peter, Hereditary Grand Duke of Oldenburg. He would succeed his father the following year as Grand Duke, making Elisabeth Grand Duchess of Oldenburg.
They had two children:
|Frederick Augustus II, Grand Duke of Oldenburg||16 November 1852||24 February 1931||married firstly Princess Elisabeth Anna of Prussia and secondly Duchess Elisabeth Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.|
|Duke Georg Ludwig of Oldenburg||27 June 1855||30 November 1939|
Elisabeth died on 2 February 1896. Her husband died four years later.
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Titles and styles
- 26 March 1826 – 12 November 1826: Her Highness Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Hildburghausen
- 12 November 1826 – 10 February 1852: Her Highness Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Altenburg
- 10 February 1852 – 27 February 1853: Her Royal Highness The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Oldenburg
- 27 February 1853 – 2 February 1896: Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess of Oldenburg
|Ancestors of Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Altenburg (1826–1896)|