Duchess Jutta of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

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Duchess Jutta/Militza
Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
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Born (1880-01-24)24 January 1880
Neustrelitz, Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (now Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), Empire of Germany (now Federal Republic of Germany)
Died 17 February 1946(1946-02-17) (aged 66)
Rome, Kingdom of Italy (now Republic of Italy)
Spouse Prince Danilo of Montenegro
(m. 1899 - 1939; his death)
House Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Father Adolf Friedrich V, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Mother Princess Elisabeth of Anhalt

Duchess Jutta of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (Auguste Charlotte Jutta Alexandra Georgina Adophine; 24 January 1880 – 17 February 1946) was a member of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and the consort of Crown Prince Danilo of Montenegro.

Early life and marriage[edit]

Duchess Auguste Charlotte Jutta (Judith) Alexandra Georgina Adolphine of Mecklenburg was born in Neustrelitz, the youngest daughter of the then Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Adolf Friedrich and his wife Princess Elisabeth of Anhalt.[1] Along with her sister Marie, Jutta was raised by governesses and had little contact with her parents.[1] The atmosphere of Erbgrossherzog Palace was noted for its rigor and need for etiquette.[1] A scandal broke out when her 19-year-old sister became pregnant by a palace servant.[1]

Through the influence of the German Emperor, William II, her marriage to the heir apparent of Montenegro Prince Danilo was arranged.[2] Hours after her arrival at Antivari in Montenegro she converted to the Orthodox faith. She was accompanied by her future brother in law the Crown Prince of Italy, Victor Emmanuel as she made her way to Cetinje for her wedding.[3] She married Prince Danilo on 27 July 1899. After her marriage and conversion to Orthodoxy she took the name Militza.

World War I and later life[edit]

During the First World War, Montenegro fought against the Central Powers which included the country of her birth, the German Empire. These links did not stop her from being a target; the villa in Antivari where she was staying was bombed by Austrian aircraft.[4] After the war, the Royal Family established a government in exile after Montenegro was incorporated into the new Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. Her father-in-law King Nicholas I died on 1 March 1921 and her husband succeeded as titular King of Montenegro. He only held the position for a week before abdicating in favour of his nephew Michael.

Jutta spent the rest of her life in exile. She and her husband lived in France where Danilo died in 1939. Jutta died in Rome where her brother-in-law King Victor Emmanuel III reigned.[5]

Titles and honours[edit]

  • 24 January 1880 - 27 July 1899: Her Highness Duchess Jutta of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
  • 27 July 1899 - 1 March 1921: Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Montenegro
  • 7 March 1921 - 17 February 1946: Her Royal Highness Princess Danilo of Montenegro
    • In pretence: 1 - 7 March 1921: Her Majesty The Queen of Montenegro



  1. ^ a b c d Pope-Hennessy, pp. 340-341.
  2. ^ The Near East from Within. Adamant Media Corporation. 2002. p. 202. ISBN 1-4021-9724-1. 
  3. ^ Willets, Gilson (2004). Rulers of the World at Home. Kessinger Publishing. p. 306. ISBN 1-4179-1739-3. 
  4. ^ "Danilo's Villa Wrecked". New York Times. 1914-11-16. p. 3. 
  5. ^ "Prince Umberto's Aunt Dies". New York Times. 1946-02-19. p. 25. 


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

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