- Marie of Prussia
Marie of Prussia Portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, oil on canvas, 1843, Gallery of Beauties, Nymphenburg Palace Queen consort of Bavaria Tenure 28 March 1848 – 10 March 1864 Spouse King Maximilian II of Bavaria Issue Ludwig
House House of Hohenzollern
House of Wittelsbach
Father Prince Wilhelm of Prussia Mother Princess Marie Anna of Hesse-Homburg Born October 15, 1825
Berlin City Palace
Died May 17, 1889(aged 63)
Hohenschwangau Castle, Bavaria
Burial Theatine Church Religion Calvinism later Roman Catholicism Prussian Royalty House of Hohenzollern Descendants of Frederick William II Grandchildren Prince Frederick Prince Charles Frederica Wilhelmina, Duchess of Anhalt-Dessau Princess Friederike Princess Irene Prince Tassilo Prince Adalbert Prince Tassilo Princess Elisabeth Prince Waldemar Marie, Queen of Bavaria Great-Grandchildren Prince Alexander Prince George
Born and raised in Berlin, she was the daughter of Prince Wilhelm of Prussia, a younger brother of King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia, and his wife Landgravine Marie Anna of Hesse-Homburg. As a young woman, Marie was seriously considered as a wife for Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, until her engagement to Maximilian was announced.
Marie was loved equally by both the Evangelical and Roman Catholic populations. (At that time, Prussia was mostly Lutheran, whilst Bavaria was mostly Roman Catholic.) A specific emphasis of her "great social engagement" was a reactivation of the Bavarian Women's Association, which took place on 18 December 1869 with the aid of her son, Ludwig II. Its aim was "Pflege und Unterstützung der im Felde verwundeten und erkrankten Krieger" (Care and support of soldiers wounded and injured in the field). The Bavarian Red Cross was officially founded as a result of the Bavarian Women's Association. The Red Cross eventually took over for the Queen.
With the sudden death of Maximilian II on 10 March 1864, Marie became a widow. On 12 October 1874, she converted to Roman Catholicism.
In later years, she lived a secluded existence at her country estate in Elbigenalp in the Lechtal Alps and at Schloss Hohenschwangau near Füssen. Marie outlived her elder son, Ludwig II, by several years. He died on 13 June 1886. Marie died in 1889 in Hohenschwangau.
She is interred in the Theatine Church in Munich in a side chapel opposite her husband.
Name Birth Death Notes Ludwig Friedrich Wilhelm 25 August 1846 13 June 1886 succeeded as King of Bavaria
declared mentally incompetent and deposed on 10 June 1886
died under disputed circumstances
Otto Wilhelm Luitpold Adalbert Waldemar 27 April 1848 11 October 1916 succeeded as King of Bavaria
declared mentally incompetent and deposed on 5 November 1913
Titles, styles, honours and arms
8 Augustus William of Prussia 4 Frederick William II of Prussia 9 Louise Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg 2 Wilhelm of Prussia 10 Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt 5 Frederika Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt 11 Karoline of Zweibrücken 1 Marie of Prussia 12 Friedrich IV Karl, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg 6 Frederick V, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg 13 Ulrike Luise of Solms-Braunfels 3 Landgravine Marie Anna of Hesse-Homburg 14=10 Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt 7 Caroline of Hesse-Darmstadt 15=11 Karoline of Zweibrücken
This article was translated from the article on the German Wikipedia on December 21, 2005.Marie of PrussiaBorn: 15 October 1825 Died: 17 May 1889
German royalty Preceded by
Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen
Queen consort of Bavaria
28 March 1848 – 10 March 1864
VacantTitle next held byMaria Theresa of Austria-Este Prussian princesses by birth The generations indicate descent from Frederick I, the first King of Prussia. 1st GenerationLuise Dorothea, Hereditary Princess of Hesse-Kassel 2nd GenerationWilhemine, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth • Friederike Luise, Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach • Philippine Charlotte, Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel • Sophia Dorothea, Margravine of Brandenburg-Schwedt • Louisa Ulrika, Queen of Sweden • Princess Anna Amalia, Abbess of Quedlinburg 3rd GenerationWilhelmine, Princess of Orange • Louise, Princess Antoni Radziwiłł 4th Generation 5th GenerationCharlotte, Empress of Russia • Alexandrine, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin • Louise, Princess Frederick of the Netherlands • Frederica, Duchess of Anhalt-Dessau • Elizabeth, Princess Karl of Hesse and by Rhine • Marie, Queen of Bavaria 6th Generation 7th GenerationCharlotte, Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen • Viktoria, Princess Adolf of Schaumburg-Lippe • Sophia, Queen of the Hellenes • Margaret, Landgravine of Hesse-Kassel • Marie, Princess of the Netherlands and Saxe-Altenburg • Elisabeth Anna, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Oldenburg • Louise Margaret, Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn 8th GenerationViktoria Luise, Duchess of Brunswick • Viktoria Margaret, Princess Heinrich XXXIII Reuss of Köstritz • Princess Marie Therese • Princess Luise Henriette • Marianne, Princess Wilhelm of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld • Princess Elisabeth 9th GenerationPrincess Alexandrine Irene • Princess Cecilie Viktoria • Princess Victoria Marina • Herzeleide, Princess Karl Biron of Courland • Barbara, Duchess Christian Louis of Mecklenburg • Princess Louise Viktoria, Mrs. Hans Reinhold 10th GenerationPrincess Felicitas • Princess Christa • Marie Cécile, Duchess Friedrich August of Oldenburg • Princess Kira, Mrs. Thomas Frank Liepsner • Princess Xenia, Mrs. Per-Edvard Lithander • Anastasia Victoria, Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg • Princess Marie Christine • Princess Victoria Marina, Mrs. Philippe Alphonse Achache • Princess Antonia, Marchioness of Douro • Princess Marie Louise, Countess von Schönburg-Glauchau • Princess Alexandra Maria • Princess Désirée Anastasia 11th GenerationPrincess Viktoria Luise • Princess Micaela • Princess Nataly • Princess Cornelie-Cécile • Princess Irina Maria Bavarian princesses by marriage 1st generation 2nd generation 3rd generation 4th generation 5th generation 6th generationCountess Elisabeth Douglas · Katrin Beatrix Wiegand** · Countess Beatrice of Lodron-Laterano and Castelromano · Countess Gudilia of Plettenberg · Ursula Möhlenkamp** · Marion Malkowsky** · Sandra Burghardt** 7th generationPrincess Anna of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg *also a Princess of Bavaria by birth
*did not have a royal or noble title by birth
Queens of Bavaria
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