Princess Marie Antoinette of Schwarzburg

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Princess Marie Antoinette of Schwarzburg
Countess of Solms-Wildenfels
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Spouse Friedrich Magnus V, Count of Solms-Wildenfels
Issue Countess Anne of Solms-Wildenfels
Friedrich Magnus, Prince of Schwarzburg, Count of Solms-Wildenfels
Countess Jutta of Solms-Wildenfels
Count Albert of Solms-Wildenfels
Countess Kristin of Solms-Wildenfels
House House of Schwarzburg
Father Sizzo, Prince of Schwarzburg
Mother Princess Alexandra of Anhalt
Born (1898-02-07)7 February 1898
Großharthau, Kingdom of Saxony
Died 4 November 1984(1984-11-04) (aged 86)
Klingen, West Germany

Marie Antoinette, Princess of Schwarzburg (German: Marie Antoinette Prinzessin zu Schwarzburg; 7 February 1898 – 4 November 1984) was the eldest child of Sizzo, Prince of Schwarzburg.

Early life[edit]

Marie Antoinette was born at Großharthau, Kingdom of Saxony, the first child of Sizzo, Prince of Schwarzburg (1860–1926), (son of Friedrich Günther, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt and Countess Helena of Raina) and his wife, Princess Alexandra of Anhalt (1868–1958), (daughter of Frederick I, Duke of Anhalt and Princess Antoinette of Saxe-Altenburg). Through her mother she was descendant of King Frederick William II of Prussia.

Marriage[edit]

Marie Antoinette married on 4 January 1925 in Wildenfels to Friedrich Magnus V, Count of Solms-Wildenfels (1886–1945), only son of Friedrich Magnus IV, Count of Solms-Wildenfels and his wife, Jacqueline, Baroness Bentinck.

They had five children:

  • Anne, Countess of Solms-Wildenfels, born on (1926-01-01) 1 January 1926 (age 89)
  • Friedrich Magnus, Prince of Schwarzburg, Count of Solms-Wildenfels, born on (1927-01-18) 18 January 1927 (age 88), married three times: with Katharina Duerst (m.1948, div.1954/m.1966), had issue; with Gisela Frania (m.1971 div.1972), no issue; an with Gisella Marie Parsoll (m.1994), no issue.
  • Jutta, Countess of Solms-Wildenfels, born on (1928-02-12) 12 February 1928 (age 87), married in 1957 with Salim Farid Saad.
  • Albrecht Sizzo, Count of Solms-Wildenfels, born on (1929-05-28) 28 May 1929 (age 85), married in 1970 with Ingrid Gross.
  • Kristin, Countess of Solms-Wildenfels, born on (1938-05-27) 27 May 1938 (age 76), married in 1971 with Dietrich Gross.

House of Schwarzburg[edit]

On April 21, 1896 her father was recognised as a dynast of the House of Schwarzburg having previously not had dynastic rights due to his parents morganatic marriage.[1]

Following her brother's death in 1971 the House of Schwarzburg became extinct in the male line. However the Schwarzburg principalities operated under Semi-Salic primogeniture, meaning in the event of the extinction of all male dynasts, as happened with the death of Prince Friedrich Günther, females can inherit. As such, Marie Antoinette became the head of the House of Schwarzburg.

Upon her death in 1984, her elder son Friedrich Magnus VI, Count of Solms-Wildenfels became head of a personal union between the Houses of Schwarzburg and of Solms-Wildenfels.[2][self-published source?] [3][unreliable source?]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 7 February 1898 – 28 March 1909: Her Serene Highness Princess Marie Antoinette of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
  • 28 March 1909 – 4 January 1925: Her Serene Highness Princess Marie Antoinette of Schwarzburg
  • 4 January 1925 – 4 November 1984: Her Serene Highness The Countess of Solms-Wildenfels

Ancestry[edit]

Notes and sources[edit]

  1. ^ House Laws of Schwarzburg
  2. ^ The House of Schwarzburg on Heraldica.org
  3. ^ James, John Almanach de Gotha, Volume I, 2013.
Princess Marie Antoinette of Schwarzburg
Born: 7 February 1898 Died: 4 November 1984
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Prince Friedrich Günther
— TITULAR —
Princess of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
Princess of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen

1971–1984
Reason for succession failure:
Principalities abolished in 1918
Succeeded by
Prince Friedrich Magnus