Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

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Duke Henry
Prince Henry of Holland.jpg
Prince Hendrik of the Netherlands in 1912
Prince consort of the Netherlands
Tenure 7 February 1901 – 3 July 1934
Spouse Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
Issue Juliana of the Netherlands
Full name
Heinrich Wladimir Albrecht Ernst of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
House House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Father Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg
Mother Princess Marie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
Born (1876-04-19)19 April 1876
Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Died 3 July 1934(1934-07-03) (aged 58)
Burial Delft, Netherlands
Religion Dutch Reformed Church

Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Heinrich Wladimir Albrecht Ernst; 19 April 1876 – 3 July 1934), later Prince Henry of the Netherlands, was prince consort of the Netherlands as the husband of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, the name of the German duke was rendered into Hendrik. He was the longest serving consort of the Netherlands.


Heinrich Wladimir Albrecht Ernst of Mecklenburg-Schwerin was born on 19 April 1876 in Schwerin. He was the youngest son of Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and his third wife, Princess Marie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt.

He was created Prince of the Netherlands on 6 February 1901, and married Queen Wilhelmina on 7 February 1901, in The Hague. Although the queen was devoted to her spouse at the time of their marriage, it proved in the long run to be an unhappy one that did little more than meet its obligation by producing an heir. They had one child, Juliana, in whose favor her mother abdicated on 4 September 1948.

He was the 279th Grand Cross of the Order of the Tower and Sword in Portugal and the 1,157th Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece in Spain in 1924.

He died, at the age of 58, on 3 July 1934 in The Hague, Netherlands.


He successfully merged the two Dutch Boy Scout organisations Nederlandse Padvinders Organisatie (NPO, Netherlands Pathfinder Organisation) and the Nederlandse Padvinders Bond (NPB, Netherlands Pathfinder Federation) on 11 December 1915 to form De Nederlandse Padvinders (NPV, The Netherlands Pathfinders). He became the Royal Commissioner of that organisation and he asked Jean Jacques Rambonnet to become chairman in 1920 .[1]


Coat of Arms of Prince Hendrik, consort of the Netherlands
  • 19 April 1876 – 7 February 1901: His Highness Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
  • 7 February 1901 – 1934: His Royal Highness Prince Henry of the Netherlands


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Koninklijke Scouts 1. Nederland" (PDF). Piet J. Kroonenberg. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 

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Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Cadet branch of the House of Mecklenburg
Born: 19 April 1876 Died: 3 July 1934
Dutch royalty
Title last held by
Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont
as Queen consort
Prince consort of the Netherlands
7 February 1901 – 3 July 1934
Title next held by
Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld