Karl August, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont

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Karl August
Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Charles August of Waldeck and Pyrmont.jpg
Reign 1 January 1728 – August 29, 1763
Predecessor Friedrich Anton Ulrich
Successor Friedrich Karl August
Spouse Christiane Henriette, Countess Palatine of Zweibrücken
Issue
Prince Charles
Friedrich Karl August, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Prince Christian
George I, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Princess Caroline
Princess Louise
Prince Louis
House House of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Father Friedrich Anton Ulrich, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Mother Countess Palatine Louise of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld
Born (1704-09-24)24 September 1704
Hanau, Waldeck
Died 29 August 1763(1763-08-29) (aged 58)
Arolsen, Waldeck and Pyrmont

Karl August Friedrich of Waldeck and Pyrmont (September 24, 1704 – August 29, 1763) was Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont and Commander of the Dutch forces in the War of Austrian Succession.

Royal life and military career[edit]

Karl was the second son of Friedrich Anton Ulrich, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont and Countess Palatine Louise of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld.
In 1728 his father and his elder brother Christian Philip died, and so he became Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont .

The Waldecks had a tradition of military service in the Dutch Army.
Prince Georg Friedrich of Waldeck had already led the Dutch army in the War of the Grand Alliance. In the War of Austrian Succession, Karl was appointed as commander of the Dutch Army by the States-General of the Netherlands, as counterbalance to William IV, Prince of Orange, who relied completely on his brother-in-law the Duke of Cumberland. The Dutch army under Waldeck's command was defeated in the Battle of Fontenoy, the Battle of Rocoux and the Battle of Lauffeld.

In 1746, Karl became Fieldmarshal of the Holy Roman Empire.

Marriage and children[edit]

In Zweibrücken, on August 19, 1741, Karl August married his first cousin Christiane Henriette, Countess Palatine of Zweibrücken (1725–1816), daughter of Christian III, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken.

The couple had seven children:

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Italian Wikipedia.
Karl August, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Cadet branch of the House of Waldeck
Born: 24 September 1704 Died: August 29 1763
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Friedrich Anton Ulrich
Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
1 January 1728 – August 29, 1763
Succeeded by
Friedrich Karl August