Princess Louise of Prussia (1808–1870)

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Princess Louise of Prussia
Princess Frederick of the Netherlands
PrinsesLouise1808.jpg
Born(1808-02-01)1 February 1808
Königsberg or Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia
Died6 December 1870(1870-12-06) (aged 62)
Pauw Haus, Wassenaar, Netherlands
SpousePrince Frederick of the Netherlands
IssueLouise, Queen of Sweden and Norway
Prince Frederik
Prince Willem
Marie, Princess of Wied
Full name
German: Luise Auguste Wilhelmine Amalie
Louise Augusta Wilhelmina Amelia
HouseHohenzollern
FatherFrederick William III of Prussia
MotherLouise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
ReligionDutch Reformed
Prussian Royalty
House of Hohenzollern
Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Prussia 1873-1918.svg
Frederick William III
Children
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

Princess Louise of Prussia (German: Luise Auguste Wilhelmine Amalie von Preußen, 1 February 1808 – 6 December 1870) was the third surviving daughter and ninth child of Frederick William III of Prussia and Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

Early life and marriage[edit]

Louise was born in Königsberg or Berlin. She and Prince Frederick of the Netherlands knew each other from childhood because of Frederick's frequent visits in Berlin. They became engaged in 1823, and married on 21 May 1825 in Berlin. The marriage was conducted in order with the legitimist policies of the time, as the Dutch Royal House was newly established, and corresponded with the marriage of her brother to her sister-in-law.[1]

They had four children:

Later life[edit]

Louise and Frederick lived in the Hague, at Korte Voorhout and, from 1838 onward, in Wassenaar. Louise played no dominant public role but shared her husband's spotless reputation in the eyes of the public. She is described as having had a strong closeness to her extended family, with whom she corresponded, and often visited her relatives and eventually also her children abroad, when they left the Netherlands after their marriages. Her correspondence with her children and relatives is considered a valuable source of contemporary court life in the Netherlands, Sweden and Russia.[1] While there are no information as to whether she tried to participate in politics or not, she was strongly Pro-Prussian, and her views caused a conflict between her and queen Sophie during the Franco-Prussian war of 1870.[1]

Louise and her husband both contributed ideas for the construction of their residence in Passow, in collaboration with the architects Eduard Petzold and Jan David Zocher. In 1869, Louise founded a charity foundation for orphans, the Luisestiftelsen ('Louise Foundation').[1]

Princess Louise died in Pauw Haus, Wassenaar, aged 62.

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Frans Willem Lantink, Louise Augusta Wilhelmina Amalia van Pruisen , in: Digitaal Vrouwenlexicon van Nederland. URL: http://resources.huygens.knaw.nl/vrouwenlexicon/lemmata/data/LouiseAugusta [13/01/2014]