Louise von Mecklenburg-Strelitz, königin von Preussen

ROYAL CONSORT (GERMANY)
BORN 10 Mar 1776, Hannover, Niedersachsen - DIED 19 Jul 1810, Hohenzieritz (castle near Neustrelitz)
REAL NAME Louise Auguste Wilhelmine Amalie
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Mausoleum Charlottenburg

Daughter of Karl I, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. In 1793 she married crown prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia, who became king Friedrich Wilhelm III in 1797. They had nine children, among them the future emperor Wilhelm I.

After the battle of Jena they fled to Königsberg and then to Memel. Louise visited the French quarters at Tilsit in 1807, hoping to obtain better conditions for Prussia. She didn't succeed, but it was said that this was only because her husband broke in impatiently on her conversation with the emperor before the latter gave in. It is certain that her fearless encounter with the emperor impressed many and added to her popularity.

In 1809 she returned to Berlin. she was serioulsly ill in the summer of 1809. In June, 1810 she fell ill again of a severe pneumonia and she died on July 19th,1810, only 34 years old. After her death she became a symbol of all virtues that a good Prussian woman should posess.

Family
• Son: Wilhelm I, emperor of Germany
• Husband: Friedrich Wilhelm III, king of Prussia (1793-)

Related persons
• employed Bach, Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst
• has a connection with Hufeland, Christoph Wilhelm
• met Napoleon I Bonaparte
• was sculpted by Rauch, Christian Daniel
• was sculpted by Schadow, Johann Gottfried
• was sculpted by Schinkel, Karl Friedrich

Sources
Die Grosse Dynastien, Südwest Verlag, München, 1978
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909

Images

The monument for queen Louise of Prussia in Mausoleum of the Schlosspark at Charlottenburg, Berlin. It was created by C.D. Rauch.
Picture by Androom (18-08-1996)

 

The monument for queen Louise of Prussia in Mausoleum of the Schlosspark at Charlottenburg, Berlin. It was created by C.D. Rauch.
Picture by Androom (18-08-1996)

 

The statue of queen Louise of Prussia at the Tiergarten in Berlijn.
Picture by Androom (19-08-1996)

 

The statue of queen Louise of Prussia at the Tiergarten in Berlijn.
Picture by Androom (19-08-1996)

 

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

 


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Published: 6 May 2007
Last update: 18 Dec 2010