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Marie Elisabeth of Hesse-Darmstadt
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Born(1656-03-11)11 March 1656
Died16 August 1715(1715-08-16) (aged 59)
(m. 1676; died 1710)
FatherLouis VI of Hesse-Darmstadt
MotherMaria Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp

Marie Elisabeth of Hesse-Darmstadt (11 March 1656, Darmstadt – 16 August 1715, Römhild) was the only Duchess by marriage of Saxe-Römhild.

Early life

Princess Marie Elisabeth was daughter of Louis VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (1630–1678) from his marriage to Princess Maria Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp (1634–1665), a daughter of Duke Frederick III, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp.

Married life

On 1 March 1676 in Darmstadt, she married Henry, Duke of Saxe-Römhild, who at the time of the marriage ruled Saxe-Gotha jointly with his six brothers. In 1680, they divided the country and Henry became the Duke of Saxe-Römhild. He had resided there since 1676, in Glücksburg Castle in Römhild. After Henry's death, a dispute erupted among his remaining brothers over the inheritance of Saxe-Römhild. This dispute was settled definitively in 1765.

Henry loved his wife very much. He always called her "Marielies", and had several luxurious buildings built in her honor, including a cave house called "Marie Elisabeth Delight". They had no children. Henry died in 1710, leaving a massive debt. Marie Elizabeth survived her husband by five years.