Marie Eleonore of Cleves

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Duchess Marie Eleonore
Duchess consort of Prussia
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Marie Eleonore with her mother Maria of Austria
Born (1550-06-16)16 June 1550
Died 1 June 1608(1608-06-01) (aged 57)
Spouse Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia
Issue Anna, Duchess of Prussia, Electress of Brandenburg
Marie, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
Albert Frederick of Prussia
Sophie, Duchess of Courland and Semigallia
Eleonore, Electress of Brandenburg
Wilhelm Frederick of Prussia
Magdalene Sibylle, Electress of Saxony
House La Marck
Father William, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg
Mother Archduchess Maria of Austria

Duchess Marie Eleonore of Cleves (16 June 1550 – 1 June 1608) was a Duchess consort of Prussia as the wife of Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia. She was the eldest child of William, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg and Maria of Austria.


Her mother was the daughter of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor and Anna of Bohemia and Hungary. Her brother was John William, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg. Her paternal aunts were Anne of Cleves, who was the fourth wife of Henry VIII of England, and Sybille of Cleves, who married John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony. Marie Eleonore had many maternal aunts and uncles, such as Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor and Johanna of Austria. Among her cousins were Anna of Austria, Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, Eleonora de' Medici, and Marie de' Medici.


In 1573 Marie Eleonore married Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia, the son of Albert of Prussia. They were the parents of seven children:



Marie Eleonore of Cleves
House of La Marck
Born: 16 June 1550 Died: 1 June 1608
Title last held by
Anna Maria of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Duchess consort of Prussia
Succeeded by
Duchess Anna of Prussia