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Princess Sophie of the Netherlands

Princess Sophie of the Netherlands

Dutch princess
Princess Sophie of the Netherlands
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Dutch princess
A.K.A. Sophie
Was Princess Noble
From Netherlands
Type Royals
Gender female
Birth 8 April 1824, The Hague
Death 23 March 1897, Weimar (aged 73 years)
Star sign Aries
Family
Mother: Anna Pavlovna of Russia
Father: William II of the Netherlands
Siblings: William III of the NetherlandsPrince Alexander of the NetherlandsPrince Ernest Casimir of the NetherlandsPrince Henry of the Netherlands
Spouse: Charles AlexanderGrand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Children: Charles AugustusHereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-EisenachPrincess Marie Alexandrine of Saxe-Weimar-EisenachPrincess Elisabeth Sybille of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Princess Sophie of the Netherlands (Wilhelmine Marie Sophie Louise; 8 April 1824 – 23 March 1897) was the only daughter and last surviving child of King William II of the Netherlands and of his wife Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna of Russia. She was heir presumptive to her niece, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, for seven years, from the death of her brother until her own death.

Marriage and children

Princess Sophie married her first cousin, Charles Alexander, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, at Kneuterdijk Palace in The Hague on 8 October 1842. Their mothers were sisters, daughters of Tsar Paul I of Russia.

They had four children:

  • Karl August Wilhelm Nicolaus Alexander Michael Bernhard Heinrich Frederick Stefan, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (b. Weimar, 31 July 1844 - d. Cap Martin, France, 20 November 1894), who married Princess Pauline of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.
  • Marie Anna Alexandrine Sophie Auguste Helene (b. Weimar, 20 January 1849 - d. Trebschen, 6 May 1922), who married Prince Heinrich VII Reuss.
  • Maria Anna Sophia Elisabeth Bernhardine Ida Auguste Helene (b. Weimar, 29 March 1851 - d. Weimar, 26 April 1859)
  • Elisabeth Sibylle Maria Dorothea Anna Amalie Luise (b. Weimar, 28 February 1854 - d. Wiligrad, 10 July 1908), who married Duke Johann Albrecht of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

Catherine Radziwill, a contemporary of Sophie's, commented that,

"...[Sophie] was very different from her husband, and, though extremely ugly, was a most imposing Princess. She was clever, too, and upheld the reputation of the Weimar family. She was a Princess of the Netherlands by birth...and kept and maintained at her court the traditions in which she had been reared. Notwithstanding her want of beauty, moreover, she presented a splendid figure, being always magnificently dressed and covered with wonderful jewels, among which shone a parure of rubies and diamonds that were supposed to be the finest of their kind in Europe".

Ancestry

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