Louise Henriëtte, Countess of Nassau

BORN 27 Nov 1627, Den Haag, Zuid-Holland - DIED 18 Jun 1667, Berlin

Eldest daughter of Frederik Hendrik, prince of Orange and Amalia von Solms-Braunfels. She grew up at the court in The Hague.
She loved Henri Charles de la Trémoille, Prince of Talmant, but her mother wanted her to marry Charles II of England. Nothing came of this marriage and she was forced to marry Friedrich Wilhelm, the elector of Brandenburg. The marriage took place in The Hague on her nineteenth birthday in 1646.

They lived in a newly built castle in Bötzow near Berlin that was called Oranienburg. In 1653 Bötzow itself was renamed to Oranienburg. Louise followed her husband, with whom she had six children, during his military campaigns. She was also involved in the creation of the Lustgarten in Berlin. She died in 1667, aged only 39.

• Husband: Friedrich Wilhelm von Hohenzollern, Kurfürst von Brandenburg (1646-)


Louise Henriette of Orange's tomb at the Dom in Berlin.
Picture by Androom (14 Aug 2000)


Statue of Louise Henriette in front of Schloss Oranienburg near Berlin.
Picture by Androom (17 Aug 2010)


• Hoth, Rüdiger, Die Gruft der Hohenzollern im Dom zu Berlin, Deutscher Kunstverlag, München, 1995
Wikipedia (EN): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Henriette_of_Orange-Nassau

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Published: 05 Apr 2009
Last update: 25 Apr 2022