Friederike von Mecklenburg-Strelitz

NOBLEMAN (GERMANY)
BORN 2 Mar 1778, Hannover, Niedersachsen - DIED 29 Jun 1841, Hannover, Niedersachsen
REAL NAME Friederike Caroline Sophia
GRAVE LOCATION Hannover, Niedersachsen: Berggarten Mausoleum, Schloss Herrenhausen

Daughter of Karl I, duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and younger sister of Louise, who married the crown prince of Prussia and became queen of Prussia.

In1793 Friederike married Ludwig, prince of Prussia, a brother of her sister's husband. After his sudden death in 1796 the young widow (and mother of three) and she liked men. She turned out to be pregnant, presumably by Frederick of Soms-Braunfels. She had to marry him and the couple was forced to live in Ansbach and Friederike was only allowed to take her daughter with her. One of her sons had died, but Fritz Louis had to stay in Berlin. Friederike was excluded from her royal titles and privileges, but Friedrich Wilhelm III provided her with an annual income.

After an unhappy marriage of fifteen years Friederike divorced her husband, but he died before the separation was made public. A very short time after the formal period of mourning was over she married her cousin Ernst August, Duke of Cumberland and in later years King of Hanover. He was a son of George III and their marriage caused a scandal in England. Their son is king George V of Hanover.

Related persons
• was sculpted by Schadow, Johann Gottfried

Images

The princesses Louise and Friederike of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The sculpture was made by Johann Gottfried Schadow.
(1797)
Picture by Androom (2 Aug 1998)

 

The Royal Mausoleum at Herrenhausen, Hannover.
Picture by Androom (15 Dec 2002)

 


Friedlšnder, Amalie

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 18 Dec 2010