Princess Magdalena Augusta of Anhalt-Zerbst

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Magdalena Augusta of Anhalt-Zerbst
Duchess of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Magdalena Augusta of Anhalt-Zerbst.JPG
Tenure 1696–1732
Spouse Frederick II
Issue Princess Sophie
Frederick III
Prince Wilhelm
Prince Karl Frederick
Prince John August
Prince Christian
Prince Christian Wilhelm
Prince Ludwig Ernst
Prince Emanuel
Prince Moritz
Princess Sophie
Prince Karl
Fredericka, Duchess of Saxe-Weissenfels
Princess Magdalena Sibylle
Augusta, Princess of Wales
Prince Johann Adolf
House House of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
House of Ascania
Father Karl of Anhalt-Zerbst
Mother Duchess Sophia of Saxe-Weissenfels
Born (1679-10-13)13 October 1679
Died 11 October 1740(1740-10-11) (aged 60)
Religion Lutheranism

Princess Magdalena Augusta of Anhalt-Zerbst (13 October 1679 – 11 October 1740) was, by birth, a Princess of Anhalt-Zerbst and, by marriage, a Duchess of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg. She was the maternal grandmother of George III of the United Kingdom.

She was born Princess Magdalena Augusta of Anhalt-Zerbst. Her father was Karl of Anhalt-Zerbst and her mother was Duchess Sophia of Saxe-Weissenfels.


In 1696, Magdalena Augusta married her first cousin, Frederick II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, who had become Duke in 1691.
They had nineteen children:

  • Princess Sophie of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1697–1703).
  • Prince Frederick of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1699–1772); succeeded his father as Frederick III, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg.
  • Prince Wilhelm of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1701–1771).
  • Prince Karl Friedrich of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1702–1703).
  • Prince Johann August of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1704–1767).
  • Prince Christian of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1705).
  • Prince Christian Wilhelm of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1706–1748).
  • Prince Ludwig Ernst of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1707–1763).
  • Prince Emanuel of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1709–1710).
  • Prince Moritz of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1711–1777).
  • Princess Sophie of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1712).
  • Prince Karl of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1714–1715)
  • Princess Friederike of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1715–1775).
  • Princess Magdalen Sybille of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1718).
  • Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1719–1772); married Frederick, Prince of Wales and had issue, including George III of the United Kingdom.
  • Prince Johann Adolf of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1721–1799).


16. Joachim Ernst, Prince of Anhalt
8. Rudolph, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst
17. Eleonore of Württemberg
4. John VI, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst
18. Johann XVI, Count of Oldenburg
9. Magdalene of Oldenburg
19. Elisabeth of Schwarzburg-Blankenburg
2. Karl Wilhelm, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst
20. John Adolf, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp
10. Frederick III, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp
21. Augusta of Denmark
5. Sophie Augusta, Princess of Holstein-Gottorp
22. John George I, Elector of Saxony (= 12)
11. Marie Elisabeth of Saxony
23. Magdalene Sibylle of Prussia (= 13)
1. Magdalena Augusta of Anhalt-Zerbst
24. Christian I, Elector of Saxony
12. John George I, Elector of Saxony
25. Sophie of Brandenburg
6. August, Duke of Saxe-Weissenfels
26. Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia
13. Magdalene Sibylle of Prussia
27. Marie Elenore of Jülich-Kleve-Berg
3. Duchess Sophia of Saxe-Weissenfels
28. John (VII) V, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
14. Adolf Friedrich I, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
29. Sophia of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp
7. Anna Maria of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
30. Enno III, Count of Ostfriesland
15. Anna Maria of Ostfriesland
31. Anna of Holstein-Gottorp
Princess Magdalena Augusta of Anhalt-Zerbst
Born: 13 October 1679 Died: 11 October 1740
German royalty
Title last held by
Christine of Baden-Durlach
Duchess consort of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
7 June 1696 – 23 March 1732
Succeeded by
Luise Dorothea of Saxe-Meiningen