Countess Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde

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Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde
Countess von Hohenstein
Rhédey Klaudia Hohenstein 1812 1841.jpg
Born before (1812-09-21)21 September 1812[1]
Erdőszentgyörgy, Transylvania, Hungary (now Sângeorgiu de Pădure, Romania)
Died 1 October 1841(1841-10-01) (aged 29)
Spouse Duke Alexander of Württemberg
Father Count László Rhédy de Kis-Rhéde
Mother Baroness Ágnes Inczédy de Nagy-Várad

Countess Claudine Rhédey de Kis-Rhéde (Hungarian: Rhédey Klaudia Zsuzsanna; 21 September[1] 1812 – 1 October 1841) was the wife of Duke Alexander of Württemberg. Her son, Francis, Duke of Teck, was the father of Mary of Teck, queen consort to George V of the United Kingdom.


She was born as a Hungarian Countess in Erdőszentgyörgy, Transylvania (then part of the Austrian Empire, today Sângeorgiu de Pădure, Romania) to Count László Rhédey de Kis-Rhéde and his wife, Baroness Ágnes Inczédy de Nagy-Várad, as a direct descendant of Ferenc Rhédey, the Hungarian prince of Transylvania between 1657 and 1658. At birth, she was styled as Countess Klaudina (Claudine) Rhédey de Kis-Rhéde.

In 1835, she married Duke Alexander of Württemberg, the son of Duke Louis of Württemberg, younger brother of King Frederick I of Württemberg. Due to the German laws relating to the line of succession, she was viewed as being of non-royal rank and the marriage was declared morganatic. She was denied the title of Duchess, but was created Countess von Hohenstein on 16 May 1835, shortly after her marriage.[2]

The crypt of the Rhédey family is in the Reformed Church of Sângeorgiu de Pădure

Claudine died in Austria in 1841 after being thrown from her horse and trampled to death in front of a cavalry charge at a military review; other sources[citation needed] say she died in a carriage accident.


Countess Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde and Countess von Hohenstein had three children with Duke Alexander of Württemberg:

All children were initially styled as Count or Countess von Hohenstein, taking their titles from their mother. However, in 1863, the children were created Prince and Princesses of Teck, with the style Serene Highness in the Kingdom of Württemberg.


Prince Francis of Teck was later created Duke of Teck. He married Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, a granddaughter of George III and became a member of the British Royal Family. His only daughter, Mary of Teck, married Prince George, Duke of York in July 1893, becoming queen consort on her husband's accession to the throne in May 1910. The current British monarch, Elizabeth II, is Mary's granddaughter and thus Claudine's great-great-granddaughter.


The Rhédey family has been known from the 13th century. (EST in 1270) It is one of the Hungarian noble families descending from the house of Aba.[4] The most known central forefather of the Aba noble house is Samuel Aba, the third king of Hungary between 1041 and 1044, married to a sister of St. Stephen I, the first Christian king of Hungary.

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  1. ^ a b Baptismal date; her birth date is unknown
  2. ^
  3. ^ Weir, A. (1996) Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy, Revised edition (Pimlico, London)
  4. ^ Peter G. Glockner, Nora Varga Bagossy, Encyclopaedia Hungarica: English, Volume 1, Hungarian Ethnic Lexicon Foundation, 2007, p. 1, ISBN 978-1-55383-178-5
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