Duchess Altburg of Oldenburg

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Duchess Altburg of Oldenburg
Hereditary Princess of Waldeck and Pyrmont
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Duchess Altburg of Oldenburg in 1907
Spouse Josias, Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Issue Margarethe, Countess of Erbach-Erbach
Alexandra, Princess Botho of Bentheim and Steinfurt
Princess Ingrid
Wittekind, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Guda, Princess of Wied
Full name
German: Altburg Marie Mathilde Olga
House House of Holstein-Gottorp (by birth)
Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont (by marriage)
Father Frederick Augustus II, Grand Duke of Oldenburg
Mother Duchess Elisabeth Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Born (1903-05-19)19 May 1903
Oldenburg, Grand Duchy of Oldenburg
Died 16 June 2001(2001-06-16) (aged 98)
Bad Arolsen, Germany
Religion Lutheranism

Duchess Altburg Marie Matilda Olga of Oldenburg (19 May 1903 – 16 June 2001) was a daughter of Frederick Augustus II, Grand Duke of Oldenburg by his second wife Duchess Elisabeth Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Early life[edit]

In 1914, Altburg and her sister Ingeborg were nearly shot while riding in a motor car.[1] They did not realize a bullet had been fired until they came to a stop and noticed it lodged in the upholstery. Although the person responsible is not known, it is believed that it was a stray bullet fired accidentally.[1]

In 1918, their parents were dethroned as Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Oldenburg.[2]

Marriage[edit]

On 25 August 1922, Altburg married Josias, Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont. He was the eldest son of Friedrich, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont and Princess Bathildis of Schaumburg-Lippe. Like her own parents, Josias' parents had lost their titles at the end of World War I. They had five children:

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 19 May 1903 – 25 August 1922: Her Highness Duchess Altburg of Oldenburg
  • 25 August 1922 – 16 June 2001: Her Highness The Hereditary Princess of Waldeck and Pyrmont
    • Title in pretence: 26 May 1946 – 30 November 1967: Her Highness The Princess of Waldeck and Pyrmont

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Shot Hit Grand Duke's Car", The New York Times (Berlin), 20 June 1914 
  2. ^ "Germans Dethrone Three More Rulers", The New York Times (Copenhagen), 12 November 1918 
Duchess Altburg of Oldenburg
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 19 May 1903 Died: 16 June 2001
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Princess Bathildis of Schaumburg-Lippe
— TITULAR —
Princess of Waldeck and Pyrmont
26 May 1946 – 30 November 1967
Reason for succession failure:
Monarchy abolished in 1918
Vacant
Title next held by
Countess Cecilie of Goëss-Saurau