Princess Wilhelmine Ernestine of Denmark
Wilhelmine Ernestine of Denmark and Norway (Danish: Vilhelmine Ernestine, German: Wilhelmine Ernestine) of Denmark (born 20 or 21 June 1650 – died 22 or 23 April 1706) was an Electress Palatine. She was the third of five daughters of King Frederick III of Denmark and Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg.
Her aunt, Electress Sophia of Hanover, arranged a marriage between Wilhelmina Ernestine and Sophia's nephew Charles, heir to the Electoral Palatinate. Unusually, this was not a marriage by proxy; Charles was married to her in person on 20 September 1671, in the Sophie Amalienborg Palace in Denmark. On 14 August,
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they left for Heidelberg with a large entourage of Danes. Wilhelmina Ernestine was granted a large dowry from Denmark, and she also received the towns of Germersheim and Oppenheim from her father-in-law, Elector Charles I Louis.
The marriage was very unhappy. Charles had been forced by his father to marry her against his will and disliked the marriage from the beginning. Her shy behavior and physical appearance - she was said to have been somewhat crippled - only widened the distance between them. By 1677, Charles' dislike made his father consider serious plans of a divorce, although these plans were never realized. They had no children.
On 28 August 1680, they became Elector and Electress Palatine. Charles' reign was marked by his dependency on favorites. The Elector died 26 May 1685. As a widow, she lived with her sister, Dowager Electress Anna Sophie of Saxony, at Castle Lichtenburg in Saxony.
- http://runeberg.org/dbl/18/0595.html (in Danish)
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