Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen

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Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen
Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, by Joseph Stieler.jpg
Portrait by Joseph Stieler, 1826
Queen consort of Bavaria
Tenure13 October 1825 – 20 March 1848
Born(1792-07-08)8 July 1792
Seidingstadt, Duchy of Saxe-Hildburghausen
Died26 October 1854(1854-10-26) (aged 62)
Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria
SpouseLudwig I of Bavaria
IssueMaximilian II of Bavaria
Mathilde Caroline, Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine
Otto I of Greece
Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria
Adelgunde, Duchess of Modena
Archduchess Hildegard, Duchess of Teschen
Princess Alexandra
Prince Adalbert
Therese Charlotte Luise
FatherFrederick, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
MotherCharlotte Georgine of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Therese Charlotte Luise of Saxony-Hildburghausen (8 July 1792 – 26 October 1854) was queen of Bavaria as the wife of King Ludwig I.


Queen Therese of Bavaria by Joseph Karl Stieler

Therese was a daughter of Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg, and Duchess Charlotte Georgine of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, eldest daughter of Charles II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. In 1809, she was on the list of possible brides for Napoleon, but on 12 October 1810 married the Bavarian crown prince Ludwig. Their wedding was the occasion of the first ever Oktoberfest.

She became queen in 1825. During the numerous love affairs of her husband, Therese suffered but tolerated the situation. She did not refrain, however, from demonstrating her disapproval in discreet ways; in 1831, she left town during one of his affairs, and she strictly rejected associating with the mistresses. Therese often assisted with the administration of the kingdom of Bavaria, especially when Ludwig was absent from Munich during his numerous journeys, and she did have some political influence and participated in political issues. She was very popular and was considered to embody an ideal image of queen, wife and mother. She was involved in a great number of charitable organizations for widows, orphans and the poor. She was the object of great sympathy during her husband's infidelity with Lola Montez, which was one of many factors that contributed to his unpopularity and his abdication in 1848.


Therese and Ludwig had nine children:


 Kingdom of Bavaria : Sovereign of the Order of Saint Elizabeth



Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen
Cadet branch of the House of Wettin
Born: 8 July 1792 Died: 26 October 1854
German royalty
Preceded by Queen consort of Bavaria
13 October 1825 – 20 March 1848
Succeeded by