Princess Catherine of Württemberg

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For her aunt Catherine, Queen of Westphalia, see Catharina of Württemberg.
Catherine of Württemberg
Princess Frederick of Württemberg
Prinzessin Katharina von Württemberg (1821-1898).jpg
Spouse Prince Frederick of Württemberg
Issue William II of Württemberg
Full name
Catherine Frederica Charlotte
German: Katherina Friederike Charlotte[1]
House House of Württemberg
Father William I of Württemberg
Mother Pauline Therese of Württemberg
Born (1821-08-24)24 August 1821
Stuttgart, Württemberg
Died 6 December 1898(1898-12-06) (aged 77)
Stuttgart, Württemberg

Princess Catherine Frederica Charlotte of Württemberg (Stuttgart, 24 August 1821 – Stuttgart, 6 December 1898) was a daughter of William I of Württemberg and Pauline Therese of Württemberg.[1] She was the mother of William II of Württemberg.[2]

Family[edit]

Catherine was the eldest of three children born to William I of Württemberg by his third wife and cousin Pauline Therese of Württemberg. Her two siblings were Charles I of Württemberg and Augusta, Princess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. She also had two half-siblings from her father's previous marriage to Catherine Pavlovna of Russia: Marie and Sophie, the future Queen consort of the Netherlands.

Catherine's paternal grandparents were Frederick I of Württemberg and Augusta of Brunswick. Her maternal grandparents were Louis of Württemberg and Princess Henriette of Nassau-Weilburg.

Marriage[edit]

On 20 November 1845, Catherine married her cousin, Prince Frederick of Württemberg.[1] He was a son of Prince Paul of Württemberg and Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The marriage was meant to strengthen ties between the main branch of the Württemberg family and the next possible heir to the throne. As the marriage seemingly predicted, they had one son, who would eventually succeed her childless brother Charles as King of Württemberg:

Later life[edit]

Frederick died in 1870. In the 1880s, Catherine was described as a "portly, austere old widowed Princess...who had a red, mannish face, and habitually dressed in purple and mauve".[2] She frequently resided in the Villa Seefeld, which was located in Switzerland. In this location, she was a neighbor of her relatives, the Tecks, who included the future Queen Mary of the United Kingdom.[2] Catherine died 28 years after her husband, on 6 December 1898 in Stuttgart, the place of her birth.[1]

Ancestry[edit]

Charles I's ancestors in three generations
Catherine Frederica of Württemberg Father:
William I of Württemberg
Paternal Grandfather:
Frederick I of Württemberg
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Friedrich II Eugen, Duke of Württemberg
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Sophia Dorothea of Brandenburg-Schwedt
Paternal Grandmother:
Augusta of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Princess Augusta of Great Britain
Mother:
Pauline Therese of Württemberg
Maternal Grandfather:
Duke Louis of Württemberg
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Friedrich II Eugen, Duke of Württemberg
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Sophia Dorothea of Brandenburg-Schwedt
Maternal Grandmother:
Princess Henriette of Nassau-Weilburg
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Charles Christian, Duke of Nassau-Weilburg
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Carolina of Orange-Nassau

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Katherina Friederike Charlotte Prinzessin von Württemberg". Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Pope-Hennessy, p. 266.

Sources[edit]

  • Pope-Hennessy, James (1959). Queen Mary 1867-1953. London: George Allen and Unwin Unlimited. ISBN 0-04-923025-5.