Princess Barbara of Prussia
|Barbara of Prussia|
|Duchess Christian Louis of Mecklenburg|
|Spouse||Duke Christian Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin|
|Barbara Irene Adelaide Victoria Elizabeth Bathildis
German: Barbara Irene Adelheid Viktoria Elisabeth Bathildis
|House||House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
House of Hohenzollern
|Father||Prince Sigismund of Prussia|
|Mother||Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Altenburg|
2 August 1920|
Hemmelmark, Weimar Republic
|Died||31 May 1994
Princess Barbara of Prussia (German: Prinzessin Barbara von Preußen; 2 August 1920 – 31 May 1994) was the daughter of Prince Sigismund of Prussia and Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Altenburg. She was a great-granddaughter of Frederick III, German Emperor and a great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
Marriage and family
On 5 July 1954 in Glücksburg Barbara married in a civil marriage, Duke Christian Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin second son of Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. They married in a religious ceremony on 11 July 1954. Duke Christian had been held as a prisoner-of-war for eight years before being finally released by the Russians in 1953. Despite the fact that Barbara was thirty-four and the groom was forty-two, it was the first marriage for both of them. The 11 July ceremony was held at Glücksburg Castle, and was attended by 130 representatives of Germany's ducal families. Among them was Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, the head of the House of Hohenzollern.
They had two daughters:
- Duchess Donata of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (b. 11 March 1956) married Alexander von Solodkoff and had issue.
- Duchess Edwina of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (b. 25 September 1960) married Konrad von Posern in November 1995 and had issue:
- Ludwig Leopold Bernhard Georg Maria von Posern (b. 1996)
- Paul Friedrich Christian Fabian Maria von Posern (b. 1997)
- Ferdinand Johann Albrecht Maria von Posern (b. 1999)
Her daughters are the only remaining senior members of the House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. After the death of her brother in law in 2001, the male line of the House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin became extinct.
- Marlene A. Eilers, Queen Victoria's Descendants, page 169.
- "Prussian Princess Wed", The New York Times (Glücksburg, Germany), 12 July 1954
- Marlene A. Eilers, Queen Victoria's Descendants (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987), page 162. Hereinafter cited as Queen Victoria's Descendants.
- Genealogics - Leo van de Pas Prinzessin Barbara von Preussen
- Barbara Irene Adelheid Viktoria Elisabeth Bathildis Prinzessin von Preußen