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REFERENCE TITLE NAME BORN DIED   TITLE NAME BORN DIED COMMENTS
23 Duke Friedrich Franz I of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1756 1837 Princess Luise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg 1756 1808 Friedrich Franz Friedrich Franz was given the title Grand Duke 14 Jun 1815 following the Conference of Vienna
23.1 Hereditary Grand Duke Friedrich Ludwig of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1778 1819 Grand Duchess Elena of Russia 1784 1803 See 4.4 - Friedrich Ludwig predeceased his father Grand Duke Friedrich Franz I and the throne passed to his son Paul Friedrich.
23.1 Hereditary Grand Duke Friedrich Ludwig of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1778 1819 Princess Caroline Luise of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach 1786 1816 See 27.3 - Friedrich Ludwig predeceased his father Grand Duke Friedrich Franz I and the throne passed to his son Paul Friedrich.
23.1 Hereditary Grand Duke Friedrich Ludwig of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1778 1819 Landgravine Auguste of Hesse-Homburg 1776 1871 Friedrich Ludwig predeceased his father Grand Duke Friedrich Franz I and the throne passed to his son Paul Friedrich.
Auguste was a sister to Landgrave Ferdinand of Hesse-Homburg (1783-1866) who was the last male representative of the house and the dynastic line passed to the Grand Ducal House of Hesse Darmstadt, in accordance with a family arrangement.
23.11 Grand Duke Paul Friedrich of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1800 1842 Princess Alexandrine of Prussia 1803 1892 See 11.6 - Paul Friedrich's death was first diagnosed as influenza and later as typhus.
23.111 Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1823 1883 Princess Auguste Reuss-Schleiz-Köstritz 1822 1862  
23.111 Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1823 1883 Princess Anne of Hesse and by Rhine 1843 1865 See 5.123 - Anne died 9 days after giving birth to her daughter Anne
23.111 Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1823 1883 Princess Marie von Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt 1850 1922 A short article on the action of Grand Duchess Marie's grandson Prince Nikolaus of Oldenburg saving her from drowning when her boat capsized.
23.1111 Grand Duke Friedrich Franz III of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1851 1897 Grand Duchess Anastasia "Stassie" of Russia 1860 1922 See 4.982 - It has been suggested Friedrich Franz III committed suicide. He suffered from chronic asthma and spent a number of months each year at his Villa Weden, a large Italian-style palace he had built near Cannes. Although he was quite ill he had for some unknown reason gone outside his villa and was found dead in the road at the foot of the 25 feet high wall surrounding the villa.
However an article from the NY Times 15 April 1897 reported the official account of his death. Friedrich Franz went into the garden which was his custom when encountering difficulty in breathing. Possible due to giddiness he fell over a low wall into the street below injuring his spine and died an hour later.
23.11111 Duchess Alexandrine "Adini" of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1879 1952 King Christian X of Denmark 1870 1947 See 2.11 - In October 1942, Christian suffered a fall from his horse during his daily ride., which resulted in a gangrene foot leaving him wheel chair bound for the rest of his life.
23.11112 Grand Duke Friedrich Franz IV of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1882 1945 Princess Alexandra of Hanover (Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg) 1882 1963 See 25.113 - Friedrich Franz succeeded his father as Grand Duke at the age of fifteen (15) under the Regency of his uncle Johann Albrecht. Friedrich Franz abdicated the throne on 14 November 1918.
The wedding of Friedrich Franz IV and Alexandra on 7 June 1904 at Gmunden was overshadowed by the death of Alexandra's Aunt Princess Marie Ernestine of Hanover (1849-1904) a couple of days earlier on 4 June 1904 also at Gmunden (please note there is an error in the article in that it refers to the wrong Princess Marie). The article incorrectly refers to Alexandra sister Princess Marie Louise of Hanover (1879-1948) as the princess who died on 4 June 1904.
23.111121 Hereditary Grand Duke Friedrich Franz V of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1910 2001   Karin Elisabeth von Schaper 1920 2012 The death of Hereditary Grand Duke Friedrich Franz V has brought an end to the Mecklenburg-Schwerin line
23.111122 Duke Christian Ludwig of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1912 1996 Princess Barbara of Prussia 1920 1994 See 11.21321 - Christian Ludwig was arrested by Soviet troops in 1945 and spent the next 8 years as a prisoner. Christian Ludwig was named as heir by his father on account of his elder brother Friedrich Franz contracting a morganatic marriage
23.1111221 - QVD Duchess Donata of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1956     Alexander von Solodkoff 1951    
23.11112211 - QVD   Thyra von Solodkoff 1989            
23.11112212 - QVD   Alix von Solodkoff 1992            
23.11112213 - QVD   Niklot-Alexis von Solodkoff 1994            
23.1111222 - QVD Duchess Edwina of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1960     Konrad von Posern 1964    
23.11112221 - QVD   Leopold von Posern 1996            
23.11112222 - QVD   Paul Friedrich von Posern 1997            
23.11112223 - QVD   Ferdinand von Posern 1999            
23.111123 Duchess Olga of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1916 1917          
23.111124 Duchess Thyra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1919 1981          
23.111125 Duchess Anastasia of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1922 1979 Prince Friedrich Ferdinand of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg 1913 1989 See 35.454
23.11113 Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1886 1954 Crown Prince Wilhelm of Prussia 1882 1951 See 11.2111 - Wilhelm renounced his rights to the throne of Prussia (and German Empire) on 1 December 1918 having fled to Holland on 12 November. He returned to Germany in November 1923 after he had given assurances that he would not participate in any political affairs. He was a supporter of Hitler.
A report on the intended four days of celebrations for the wedding of Cecilie and Wilhelm Brief report on the wedding of Cecilie and Wilhelm.
A possible interesting article which was written at the time of the wedding of Cecilie and Wilhelm.
It was reported in 1919 that Cecilie wanted a divorce from Wilhelm due to his infidelities and physical cruelty.
Report on the death of Crown Prince Wilhelm
23.1112 Duke Paul Friedrich Francis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1852 1923 Princess Marie of Windisch-Graetz 1856 1929 See 23.1124 - Paul Friedrich had to renounce the rights to Mecklenburg-Schwerin for himself and his children following his conversion to Catholicism on his marriage to Princess Marie.
It may be interesting to note that in 1906 Paul Friedrich and his wife Marie were placed under guardianship by a decree issued by Pauls nephew Grand Duke Friedrich Franz IV of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, apparently for spending too much money
23.11121 Duke Paul Friedrich of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1882 1904         It would seem that Paul Friedrich died in unpleasant circumstances
23.11122 Duchess Marie Louise of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1883 1887          
23.11123 Duchess Maria Antonia of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1884 1944         The New York Times reported a rumour that Duchess Maria Antonia was due to be engaged to King Alfonso of Spain
23.11124 Duke Heinrich Borwin of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1885 1942   Elizabeth Tibbitts Pratt 1860 1928 Heinrich Borwin was forced to leave the army as he was in serious financial troubles by being in debt to money lenders.
Elizabeth Tibbitts Pratt was the widow of Count Amedée Gasquet-James (died 1903) prior to her marriage to Heinrich Borwin.
So how did Amedée Gasquet-James acquire his title?
An extremely interesting site relating to Elizabeth Tibbitts Pratt and her family is Marist Brothers in Esopus.
A more detailed exposure of Elizabeth Tibbitts Pratt (*** please be aware it may take quite a while to upload ***).
According to The New York Times the marriage of Duke Heinrich Borwin and Elizabeth Pratt which took place in Dover, Kent in 1911 was declared null and void in 1913 by a special court in Rostock as the Duke's guardian had not consented to it.
In June 1921 two of Elizabeth's children filed a suite against her and Alien Property Custodian to recover a sum of money, $63 thousand each which had been seized by the Alien Property Custodian. The Alien Property Custodian, was responsible for receiving, holding, administering, and accounting for all money and property in the United States due or belonging to an enemy, or ally of enemy.
Marriage Registration of Heinrich Borwin and Elizabeth Pratt (ex Countess Gasquet-James)
23.11124 Duke Heinrich Borwin of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1885 1942   Nathalie Oelrichs 1880 1931 Nathalie came from an American affluent family and was firstly married to Peter Martin . Her sister Blanche Oelrichs was at one time married to the famous actor John Barrymore
23.11124 Duke Heinrich Borwin of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1885 1942   Karola von Alers 1882 1974  
23.1113 Duchess Marie "Miechen" of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1854 1920 Grand Duke Vladmir of Russia 1847 1909 See 4.914 - Marie took the name "Marie Pavlovna" on her marriage.
The New York Times report on the marriage of Marie and Vladmir
23.1114 Duke Nikolaus Alexander of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1855 1856          
23.1115 Duke Johann Albrecht of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1857 1920 Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach 1854 1908 See 27.244 - Johann Albrecht was also Prince Regent of Brunswick from 1907 to 1913 having succeeded Prince Albrecht of Prussia who was Prince Regent from 1885 to 1906
23.1115 Duke Johann Albrecht of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1857 1920 Princess Elisabeth of Stolberg-Rossla 1885 1969 Johann Albrecht was also Prince Regent of Brunswick from 1907 to 1913 having succeeded Prince Albrecht of Prussia who was Prince Regent from 1885 to 1906. Princess Elisabeth married secondly Duke Johann Albrecht's brother Duke Adolph Friedrich
23.1116 Duke Alexander of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1859 1859          
23.1117 Duchess Anne Elisabeth of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1865 1882          
23.1118 Duchess Elisabeth Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1869 1955 Grand Duke Friedrich August of Oldenburg 1852 1931 See 31.131 - Report on the wedding of Friedrich August and Elisabeth Alexandrine.
Friedrich August abdicated his throne on 11 November 1918.
Apparently Friedrich August's subjects in Oldenburg were none too pleased when he made a trip to USA.
23.1119 Duke Friedrich Wilhelm of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1871 1897         Friedrich Wilhelm drowned near Cuxhaven on the Mouth of the River Elbe on 22 September 1897 when the torpedo boat he commanded capsized on its way from manoeuvres in the North Sea. Eight of her crew and Friedrich Wilhelm lost their lives. Friedrich Wilhelm's body was recovered about a week later.
23.111J Duke Adolph Friedrich of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1873 1969 Princess Viktoria-Feodora Reuss-Schleiz 1889 1918 See 22.31711
23.111J Duke Adolph Friedrich of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1873 1969 Princess Elisabeth of Stolberg-Rossla 1885 1969 Elisabeth married firstly Duke Adolph Friedrich's brother Duke Johann Albrecht
23.111J1 Duchess Woizlawa Feodora of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1918   Prince Henrich I Reuss-Köstritz 1910 1982 See 27.24241 - Heinrich I was adopted on 19 January 1935 by Hereditary Prince Heinrich XLV Reuss-Schleiz
23.111K Duke Heinrich of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1876 1934 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands 1880 1962 See 9.114 - Wedding report of the marriage of Wilhelmina and Heinrich.
Heinrich was created a Prince of the Netherlands on 6 February 1901. Queen Wilhelmina abdicated 4 September 1948 in favour of her daughter Queen Juliana
23.112 Duchess Louise of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1824 1859 Prince Hugo of Windisch-Graetz (Fürst) 1823 1904 Hugo's father Weriand (1790-1867) was created Fürst zu Windisch-Graetz (Line II) on 18 May 1822. Weriand's elder brother Alfred (1787-1862) having been created Fürst zu Windisch-Graetz (Line I) on 24 May 1804.
Hugo married secondly Princess Mathilde Radziwill (1836-1918)
23.1121 Princess Alexandra-Maria of Windisch-Graetz 1850 1933          
23.1122 Princess Olga Maria of Windisch-Graetz 1853 1934 Count Andrea Mocenigo 1850 1878  
23.1123 Prince Hugo Weriand of Windisch-Graetz (Fürst) 1854 1920 Princess Christine von Auersperg 1866 1962  
23.11231 Princess Marie Luise of Windisch-Graetz 1886 1976 Count Giovanni Ceschi a Santa Croce 1871 1936  
23.11232 Prince Hugo Vinzenz Alexander of Windisch-Graetz (Fürst) 1887 1959 Princess Leontine zu Fürstenberg 1892 1979 See 32.8412 - A report on the wedding of Hugo Vinzenz and Leontine which was attended by King Wilhelm II of Prussia (Emperor of Germany)
23.112321 Princess Irma Christiane of Windisch-Graetz 1913 1984 Prince Franz von Weikersheim 1904 1983 See 39.3113
23.112322 Prince Hugo Maximilian of Windisch-Graetz 1914 1942         Hugo was killed in action over Italy
23.112323 Prince Maximilian Antonius of Windisch-Graetz 1914 1976   Maria Luisa Serra di Carafa 1921 2008  
23.1123231 Princess Irma Christiane of Windisch-Graetz 1951   Don Augusto Ruffo di Calabria 1955   Augusto's father Don Fabrizio Ruffo di Calabria (1922-2005) was a brother to Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria, Queen of the Belgians
23.1123232 Princess Maximiliane Gratia of Windisch-Graetz 1952   Hereditary Prince Heinrich zu Fürstenberg 1950   See 32.8414 (link not quite ready)
23.1123233 Prince Mariano-Hugo of Windisch-Graetz 1955   Archduchess Sophie of Austria 1959   See 19.J32212 - Mariano-Hugo is the present Head of the Princely House of Windisch-Graetz (of Line II)
23.11232331 Prince Maximilian Hugo of Windisch-Graetz 1990            
23.11232332 Prince Alexis Ferdinando of Windisch-Graetz 1991 2010         Prince Alexis Ferdinando tragically died on 9 February 2010 following an accident on 4/5 February when his car hit a tree and he sustained serious head injuries.
23.11232333 Princess Larissa Maria of Windisch-Graetz 1996            
23.1123234 Prince Manfred of Windisch-Graetz 1963     Maria Vittoria Lepri 1970    
23.11232341 Prince Nicolò Maria of Windisch-Graetz 1997            
23.11232342 Princess Olimpia Massimiliana of Windisch-Graetz 1999            
23.11232343 Prince Brando of Windisch-Graetz 2008            
23.112324 Prince Friedrich Karl of Windisch-Graetz 1917 2002 Princess Dorothea of Hesse-Cassel 1934   See 45.414562
23.1123241 - QVD Princess Marina of Windisch-Graetz 1960     Gyula Jakabffy 1962    
23.11232411 - QVD   Reka Jakabffy 1988            
23.11232412 - QVD   Sophia Jakabffy 1989            
23.1123242 - QVD Princess Clarissa of Windisch-Graetz 1966     Eric de Waele 1962   Eric de Waele and Heursel 1745
23.11232421 - QVD   Michel de Waele 1986     Caroline Libbrecht ?    
23.112324211 - QVD   Raphaël de Waele 2013            
23.11232422 - QVD   Alexandre de Waele 1987            
23.11232423 - QVD   Mathieu de Waele 1988            
23.11232424 - QVD   Rubi de Waele 1994            
23.11233 Princess Elisabeth Mathilde of Windisch-Graetz 1889 1983   Leone Rosa 1884 1972  
23.11234 Prince Alfred of Windisch-Graetz 1890 1972 Princess Isabelle zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg 1891 1982  
23.112341 Princess Christiane Anna of Windisch-Graetz 1920 1993          
23.112342 Prince Gottfried Maximilian of Windisch-Graetz 1927     Claudia Hall 1935    
23.112343 Prince Hugo Weriand of Windisch-Graetz 1929     Caroline Knott 1939   Birth registration of Caroline Knott.
Marriage registration of Hugo Weriand and Caroline Knott
23.112343 Prince Hugo Weriand of Windisch-Graetz 1929   Baroness Katalin Hatvany de Hatvan 1947    
23.1123431 Prince Constantin Weriand of Windisch-Graetz 1962     Lesley Anne Withers ?    
23.1123432 Prince Franz-Karl Weriand of Windisch-Graetz 1964     Adriana Caras 1965    
23.11235 Prince Eduard Vincenz of Windisch-Graetz 1891 1976 Princess Marie Alexandra von Isenburg 1899 1945 See 20.3K43
23.112351 Princess Maria Friederike zu Windisch-Graetz 1924 1972   Thomas Weston-Baker 1919 2006 Death registration of Maria Friederike
23.112352 Princess Leontine "Lotti" Christiane zu Windisch-Graetz 1925     Robert Henley 1921 1987 Birth Registration of Robert Henley
23.112353 Princess Wilhelmine Gabriele zu Windisch-Graetz 1930   Count Gottfried von Degenfeld-Schönburg 1925 2005  
23.1123531 Count Ferdinand Heinrich von Degenfeld-Schönburg 1960     Madeleine Nowina-Konopka 1963    
23.1123532 Countess Alexandra "Alix" Hildgerad von Degenfeld-Schönburg 1962            
23.1123533 Countess Veronica Sophie von Degenfeld-Schönburg 1964            
23.1123534 Count Mainhard Vinzenz von Degenfeld-Schönburg 1966            
23.1123535 Countess Marie-Gabrielle Michaela von Degenfeld-Schönburg 1971   Count Ferdinand Friedrich of Castell-Castell 1965   See 42.6217
23.112354 Princess Olga Irma zu Windisch-Graetz 1934     Karl Anton von Riedemann 1931   Karl Anton is the son of Mario von Riedemann (1905-1989) and Countess Elisabeth von Ledebur-Wicheln (1905-1989) sister of Count Hubertus von Ledebur-Wicheln (1901-1945)
23.1123541   Mario Joseph von Riedemann 1962            
23.1123542   Peter Edward von Riedemann 1963     Charlene Sandra Lucy 1966    
23.1123543   Mark Henry von Riedemann 1964   Countess Tatiana Alix von Holstein-Ledreborg 1961   See 34.2246
23.1123544   Cecilia Marie von Riedemann 1965     Timothy James Keilty 1958    
23.1123545   Dominic Michael von Riedemann 1970     Sarah Ternoway 1977    
23.11236 Princess Olga Maria of Windisch-Graetz 1893 1987 Baron Andreas von Morsey gt Picard 1888 1951  
23.11236 Princess Olga Maria of Windisch-Graetz 1893 1987 Count Hubertus von Ledebur-Wicheln 1901 1945  
23.11237 Princess Maria Wilhelmine of Windisch-Graetz 1895 1989 Baron Leonidas Economo di San Serff 1874 1952  
23.11238 Prince Franz Josef Niklas of Windisch-Graetz 1896 1968   Desiree von Wagner-Latour Edle von Thurmburg 1907 1972  
23.11239 Princess Maria Gabriele of Windisch-Graetz 1898 1992 Prince Johann von Ratibor und Corvey, Prince zu Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst 1882 1948 See 32.8322
23.1123J Prince Gottlieb Engelbert of Windisch-Graetz 1899 1945          
23.1123K Princess Maria Antoinette of Windisch-Graetz 1911 2002 Count Girolamo di Bosdari 1907 1967  
23.1124 Princess Marie of Windisch-Graetz 1856 1929 Duke Paul Friedrich Francis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1852 1923 See 23.1112 - Paul Friedrich had to renounce the rights to Mecklenburg-Schwerin for himself and his children following his conversion to Catholicism on his marriage to Princess Marie.
It may be interesting to note that in 1906 Paul Friedrich and his wife Marie were placed under guardianship by a decree issued by Pauls nephew Grand Duke Friedrich Franz IV of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, apparently for spending too much money
23.113 Duke Wilhelm of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1827 1879 Princess Alexandrine "Addy" of Prussia 1842 1906 See 11.94
23.1131 Duchess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1868 1944 Prince Henrich XVIII Reuss-Köstritz 1847 1911 A newspaper article on how Charlotte made a record breaking journey from Germany to Havana to visit her seriously ill son Heinrich (I'm not sure which of her three sons the article is referring to)
23.1131 Duchess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1868 1944   Robert Schmidt 1892 1971  
23.11311 Prince Heinrich XXXVII Reuss-Köstritz 1888 1964   Friedel Mijotki 1891 1957 An interesting article in The New York Times on the numbering system adopted with the Reuss Princely family
23.11311 Prince Heinrich XXXVII Reuss-Köstritz 1888 1964   Stefanie Clemm von Hohenberg 1900 1990  
23.113111 Prince Heinrich XI Licco Reuss-Köstritz 1934   Baroness Ulfa von Dörnberg 1935    
23.1131111 Princess Henriette Reuss-Köstritz 1964   Count Ruprecht Caspar of Solms-Baruth 1963   See 35.42631
23.1131112 Prince Heinrich XVI Reuss-Köstritz 1965   Baroness Julia Schenk zu Schweinsberg 1968    
23.1131113 Prince Heinrich XVIII Reuss-Köstritz 1969     Diana von Hagen 1972    
23.1131114 Princess Friederike Alexandrine Reuss-Köstritz 1976     Johann Rotger van Lengerich 1971   Johann Rotger is a partner in the family law firm
23.113112 Princess Marianne Charlotte Reuss-Köstritz 1936     Avery Brundage 1887 1975 Avery Brundage was President of International Olympic Committee 1952-72.
An obituary of Avery Brundage
23.113112 Princess Marianne Charlotte Reuss-Köstritz 1936     Friedrich Feldmann 1915    
23.11312 Prince Heinrich XXXVIII Reuss-Köstritz 1889 1918         Heinrich XXXVIII was killed in action at Liny, Brabant
23.11313 Prince Heinrich XLII Reuss-Köstritz 1892 1949   Charlotte Nawrath 1892 1944  
23.11313 Prince Heinrich XLII Reuss-Köstritz 1892 1949   Anneliese Taube 1915 1997  
23.12 Duchess Marie Louise of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1803 1862 Duke George of Saxe-Altenburg 1796 1853 See 30.9
23.13 Duke Albrecht of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1812 1834          
23.14 Duchess Helene of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1814 1858 Prince Ferdinand of Orleans (France) (Duke of Orleans) 1810 1842 See 13.1 -
Death registration of Duchess Helene
Ferdinand was killed by a fall from his horse carriage near to Neuilly-sur-Seine and died several hours later from serious head injuries.
23.15 Duke Magnus of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1815 1816          
23.2 Duchess Luise Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1779 1801 Duke Emil Leopold "August" of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg 1772 1822 Emil Leopold was secondly married to Princess Karoline Amalie of Hesse-Cassel
23.21 Princess Luise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg 1800 1831 Duke Ernst I of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (from 1826 Saxe-Coburg and Gotha) 1784 1844 See 28.4 - Luise's father Duke Emil Leopold of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg was succeeded as Duke by his brother Friedrich (1774-1825). The death of Luise's uncle Friedrich as the last duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg resulted in a rearrangement of the Saxony Duchies. Ernst was in the process of divorcing his wife at the time and negotiations were set in train for him to receive Gotha although the other branches objected to this. A compromise was reached with Ernst receiving Gotha and ceding Saalfeld to Saxe-Meiningen.
23.21 Princess Luise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg 1800 1831   Alexander von Hanstein 1804 1884 Luise married her lover Alexander von Hanstein in 1826 who was created Graf von Pölzig just before their marriage. Luise died at a young age from cancer of the womb.
It was reported that Luise left all her wealth to her husband Alexander but stipulated in her will that he should only enjoy his wealth if he kept her remains under the same roof. This will stipulation was ostensibly to prevent Alexander remarrying
23.3 Duke Gustav Wilhelm of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1781 1851          
23.4 Duke Karl of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1782 1833          
23.5 Duchess Charlotte Friederike of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1784 1840 King Christian VIII of Denmark 1786 1848 Christian VIII was secondly married to Princess Karoline Amalie of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (married 1815)
23.51 Prince Christian Frederik of Denmark 1807 1807          
23.52 King Frederick VII Carl Christian of Denmark 1808 1863 Princess Wilhelmine of Denmark 1808 1891 See 45.318
23.52 King Frederick VII Carl Christian of Denmark 1808 1863 Duchess Karoline Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz 1821 1876 See 24.83
23.52 King Frederick VII Carl Christian of Denmark 1808 1863   Lovisa Christina Rasmussen 1815 1874 Frederik died childless and a second cousin by birth Duke Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg succeeded as King on 15 November 1863.
Lovisa was created Countess (Lehnsgräfin) Danner in 1850.
An article on the three marriages of Frederik VII.
An interesting article on the circumstances of Lovisa meeting up with and marrying King Frederik.
Although Frederik VII was childless from his three marriages he had a son in 1843 from a liaison with Else Pedersen (also known as Marie Poulsen).
A report on the death of Frederik VII.
A report on the death of Countess (Lehnsgräfin) Danner
23.6 Duke Adolf of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1785 1821          

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