Landgravine Charlotte of Hesse-Darmstadt

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Charlotte of Hesse-Darmstadt
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Charlotte of Hesse-Darmstadt, Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Spouse Charles II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg
Issue Duke Charles of Mecklenburg
Born (1755-11-05)5 November 1755
Darmstadt
Died 12 December 1785(1785-12-12) (aged 30)
Hanover

Charlotte Wilhelmine Christiane Marie of Hesse-Darmstadt (5 November 1755, Darmstadt – 12 December 1785, Hanover), was by marriage Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

Life[edit]

Charlotte was a daughter of Prince George William of Hesse-Darmstadt (1722-1782) from his marriage to Maria Louise Albertine of Leiningen-Falkenburg-Dagsburg (1729-1818), daughter of Count Christian Karl Reinhard of Leiningen-Dachsburg-Falkenburg-Heidesheim.

The princess was first engaged with the hereditary prince Peter Frederick William of Oldenburg, but the engagement was dissolved again as a result of the onset of Peter's mental illness.

Charlotte married Charles of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (who later became the Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz), on 28th September 1784 in Darmstadt. He was previously married to Charlotte's older sister Friederike, who had died in childbirth. She thus became stepmother for her sister's five surviving children - her nieces and nephews.

The couple lived in Hanover, where Charles served as Governor-General for his brother-in-law, King George. Charlotte died after the birth of her only child, a year after their marriage. Charles resigned from his post in Hanover and moved to Charlotte's mother in Darmstadt, who then took care of his children (both Frederike's and Charlotte's).

Offspring[edit]

Her only child from her marriage to Charles was:

  • Charles (1785-1837), General and President of the Prussian State Council

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