Princess Alexandrine of Prussia

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For the daughter of Prince Albert of Prussia, see Princess Alexandrine of Prussia (1842-1906).
Alexandrine of Prussia
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Princess Alexandrine painted by Friedrich Wilhelm Schadow
Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Tenure 1 February 1837 – 7 March 1842
Spouse Paul Frederick, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Issue Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg
Duchess Louise
Duke Wilhelm
Full name
Friederike Wilhelmine Alexandrine Marie Helene
House House of Hohenzollern
House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Father Frederick William III of Prussia
Mother Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Born (1803-02-23)23 February 1803
Berlin, Prussia
Died 21 April 1892(1892-04-21) (aged 89)
Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Prussian Royalty
House of Hohenzollern
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Frederick William III
   Frederick William IV
   William I
   Alexandra Feodorovna, Empress of Russia
   Princess Frederica
   Prince Charles of Prussia
   Alexandrine, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg
   Prince Ferdinand
   Princess Louise
   Prince Albert of Prussia

Alexandrine, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (born Princess Alexandrine of Prussia; 23 February 1803 – 21 April 1892) was the wife and consort to Paul Frederick, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin as well as the daughter of Frederick William III of Prussia and Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.


Alexandrine was the seventh child and fourth daughter of Frederick William III of Prussia and his wife Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. She was a younger sister of Frederick William IV of Prussia, Wilhelm I of Prussia, and Charlotte, Empress of Russia.

Her mother was a niece of Queen Charlotte of the United Kingdom and a sister of Queen Frederica of Hanover.


In 25 May 1822, she married Paul Frederick of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. He succeeded his grandfather as Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in 1837.

They had three children:

Her marriage was generally considered unhappy; Paul Frederick was a military man who had little time or interest in his wife and family. Alexandrine, by contrast, was a devoted mother who tenderly raised her children and actively cultivated their cultural pursuits. Alexandrine herself was very cultured but was also described as a stereotypically-remote German princess. She was not considered an intellectual but attended scholarly lectures and read many books.

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]


Monument in Schwerin, by Hugo Berwald
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandrine of Prussia (1803–1822)
  • Her Royal Highness The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1822–1837)
  • Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1837–1842)
  • Her Royal Highness The Dowager Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1842–1892)



Alexandrine's ancestors in three generations

16. Frederick William I of Prussia
8. Prince Augustus William of Prussia
17. Sophia Dorothea of Hanover
4. Frederick William II of Prussia
18. Ferdinand Albert II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
9. Duchess Louise Amalie of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
19. Duchess Antoinette of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
2. Frederick William III of Prussia
20. Louis VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
10. Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
21. Countess Charlotte of Hanau-Lichtenberg
5. Frederika Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt
22. Christian III, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken
11. Countess Palatine Caroline of Zweibrücken
23. Countess Caroline of Nassau-Saarbrücken
1. Princess Alexandrine of Prussia
24. Adolf Frederick II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
12. Charles Louis Frederick, Duke of Mecklenburg-Mirow
25. Princess Christiane Emilie of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
6. Charles II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
26. Ernest Frederick I, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen
13. Princess Elizabeth Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen
27. Countess Sophia Albertine of Erbach-Erbach
3. Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
28. Louis VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (= 20)
14. Landgrave George William of Hesse-Darmstadt
29. Countess Charlotte of Hanau-Lichtenberg (= 21)
7. Landgravine Friederike Caroline Luise of Hesse-Darmstadt
30. Count Christian Karl Reinhard of Leiningen-Dachsburg-Falkenburg-Heidesheim
15. Maria Louise Albertine of Leiningen-Falkenburg-Dagsburg
31. Countess Katharina Polyxena of Solms-Rödelheim
Princess Alexandrine of Prussia
Born: 23 February 1803 Died: 21 April 1892
German royalty
Title last held by
Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
as Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Grand Duchess consort of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
1 February 1837 – 7 March 1842
Title next held by
Princess Augusta Reuss of Köstritz