Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Hildburghausen

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Princess Charlotte
Princess Paul of Württemberg
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Spouse Prince Paul of Württemberg
Issue Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna of Russia
Prince Frederick
Prince Paul Friedrich
Pauline, Duchess of Nassau
Prince August
Full name
Katherine Charlotte Georgina
House House of Saxe-Hildburghausen (by birth)
House of Württemberg (by marriage)
Father Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
Mother Duchess Charlotte Georgine of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Born (1787-06-17)17 June 1787
Hildburghausen, Saxe-Hildburghausen, Holy Roman Empire
Died 12 December 1847(1847-12-12) (aged 60)
Bamberg, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Confederation

Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Hildburghausen (17 June 1787 Hildburghausen – 12 December 1847 Bamberg) was the child of Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg and his wife, Duchess Charlotte Georgine of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. She was the wife of Prince Paul of Wurttemberg and mother to his five children.

Early life[edit]

Charlotte was the eldest daughter of Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg, and his wife Duchess Charlotte Georgine of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. She was the second of twelve children. One of her godparents was Catherine the Great of Russia.

Along with her sisters, Therese and Louise, Charlotte was considered quite a beauty. Poet Friedrich Rückert dedicated on of his works, Mit drei Moosrosen, to these three young ladies. The title roughly translates to "Three Moss Roses".

Marriage and children[edit]

On 28 September 1805, she married Prince Paul of Wurttemberg in an extravagant wedding, but it was not a happy marriage. They had numerous arguments, and Paul was said to have many mistresses, with whom he had several affairs. However, during their marriage, they had five children:

  • Prince Paul of Württemberg (1809–1810); died at an early age

The couple separated soon after the birth of their fifth child. The idea of divorce was rejected by the King of Württemberg. Charlotte lived in a house called Sovereignty in Hildburghausen. Her eldest daughter, Princess Charlotte, visited her there quite often. Her brother, Frederick, was also a frequent visitor.

Charlotte died at the Royal Palace in Bamberg and is buried in the crypt of the House of Württemberg in Ludwigsburg.

Soon after Charlotte's death, Paul remarried. He described Charlotte as a "Queen consort lost figure" in many of his diary entries.

Charlotte was the maternal grandmother of Sofia of Nassau, who became the Queen consort of Sweden (1872–1907).

Ancestry[edit]