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Princess Helena of Nassau

Princess Helena of Nassau

Princess of Nassau-Weilburg
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Princess of Nassau-Weilburg
Gender female
Birth 18 August 1831 (Wiesbaden)
Death 27 October 1888 (Bad Pyrmont)
Mother: Princess Pauline of Württemberg
Father: WilliamDuke of Nassau
Siblings: Prince Nikolaus Wilhelm of NassauPrince Moritz Wilhelm of Nassau-WeilburgAdolpheGrand Duke of LuxembourgSophia of NassauPrincess Therese of Nassau-WeilburgPrincess Marie of Nassau
Spouse: George VictorPrince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Children: Emma of Waldeck and PyrmontPrincess Helena of Waldeck and PyrmontPrincess Marie of Waldeck and PyrmontPrincess Pauline of Waldeck and PyrmontFriedrichPrince of Waldeck and PyrmontPrincess Elisabeth of Waldeck and Pyrmont
The details

Princess Helena of Nassau (German: Prinzessin Helene Wilhelmine Henriette Pauline Marianne von Nassau-Weilburg; 18 August 1831 – 27 October 1888) was a daughter of William, Duke of Nassau (that is, the German state or region referred to as Nassau), and consort of George Victor, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont.

Early life

Helena was born at Wiesbaden, Duchy of Nassau. She was the ninth child of William, Duke of Nassau (1792–1839), by his second wife Princess Pauline of Württemberg (1810–1856), daughter of Prince Paul of Württemberg. She was the half-sister of Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (then Hereditary Prince of Nassau). She was related with the Dutch Royal Family and also, distantly, to the British Royal Family through her father and mother, both were descendants of King George II of Great Britain.

Marriage and family

Princess Helena married on 26 September 1853 in Wiesbaden to George Victor, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont, son of George II, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont.


They had seven children:

  • Princess Sophie Nikoline (27 July 1854 – 5 August 1869); died of tuberculosis at fifteen.
  • Princess Pauline (19 October 1855 – 3 July 1925) married Alexis, Prince of Bentheim and Steinfurt.
  • Princess Marie (23 May 1857 – 30 April 1882) who married Prince William, later King William II of Württemberg.
  • Princess Emma (2 August 1858 – 20 March 1934) who married King William III of the Netherlands. The Dutch royal family exist of descendants from this marriage.
  • Princess Helena (17 February 1861 – 1 September 1922) who married Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany.
  • Prince Friedrich (20 January 1865 – 26 May 1946), last reigning prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont, married Princess Bathildis of Schaumburg-Lippe
  • Princess Elisabeth (6 September 1873 – 23 November 1961) married Alexander, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg.


Among her grandchildren were:

  • Pauline, Princess of Wied (1877–1965), last senior member of the House of Württemberg.
  • Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1880–1962), queen regnant of the Netherlands.
  • Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone (1883–1981), Vice-regal consort of Canada
  • Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1884–1954), last reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
  • Josias, Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1896–1967)
  • George Louis, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg (1903–1971)
  • Almanach de Gotha. 1893. p. 111. 

Titles and styles

  • 18 August 1831 – 26 September 1853: Her Ducal Serene Highness Princess Helena of Nassau
  • 26 September 1853 – 28 October 1888: Her Ducal Serene Highness The Princess of Waldeck and Pyrmont


Notes and sources

Princess Helena of Nassau
House of Nassau-Weilburg
Cadet branch of the House of Nassau
Born: 18 August 1831 Died: 28 October 1862
German royalty
Title last held by
Princess Emma of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym
Princess of Waldeck and Pyrmont
26 September 1853 – 28 October 1888
Title next held by
Princess Louise of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

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