Princess Marie of Hesse-Kassel

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Princess Marie of Hesse-Kassel
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Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Reign12 August 1817 – 6 September 1860
Born(1796-01-21)21 January 1796
Hanau, Hesse-Kassel
Died30 December 1880(1880-12-30) (aged 84)
Neustrelitz, Mecklenburg-Strelitz
SpouseGeorge, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
IssueDuchess Luise of Mecklenburg
Frederick William, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Caroline, Crown Princess of Denmark
Duke Georg August of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Full name
Marie Wilhelmine Friederike
FatherLandgrave Frederick of Hesse-Kassel
MotherPrincess Caroline of Nassau-Usingen

Princess and Landgravine Marie of Hesse-Kassel (German: Marie Wilhelmine Friederike von Hessen-Kassel; 21 January 1796 – 30 December 1880) was the consort of George, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

Early life[edit]

Princess Marie of Hesse-Kassel, second daughter of Prince Frederick of Hesse-Kassel, and his wife, Princess Caroline of Nassau-Usingen, was born at Hanau, Hesse-Kassel. Through her father, she was a great-granddaughter of George II of Great Britain. Her father's older brother was the Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel. In 1803, her uncle's title was raised to Elector of Hesse — whereby the entire Kassel branch of the Hesse dynasty gained an upward notch in hierarchy.

Her sister Augusta married to Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, the seventh son of George III of the United Kingdom.


On 12 August 1817 in Kassel, Marie married George, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, son of Charles II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg. Together they had four children:

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 21 January 1796 – 12 August 1817: Her Serene Highness Princess Marie of Hesse
  • 12 August 1817 – 6 September 1860: Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
  • 6 September 1860 – 30 December 1880: Her Royal Highness The Dowager Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz



Princess Marie of Hesse-Kassel
Cadet branch of the House of Hesse
Born: 21 January 1796 Died: 30 December 1880
German royalty
Title last held by
Princess Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön
as Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Succeeded by
Princess Augusta of Cambridge