Sophie of the Netherlands
Grand Duchess consort of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Tenure8 July 1853 – 23 March 1897
Born(1824-04-08)8 April 1824
Lange Voorhout Palace, The Hague, Netherlands
Died23 March 1897(1897-03-23) (aged 72)
Weimar, German Empire
SpouseCharles Alexander, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
IssueCharles Augustus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Marie, Princess Heinrich VII Reuss
Princess Anna Sophia
Elisabeth, Duchess Johann Albrecht of Mecklenburg
Names
Wilhelmina Marie Sophie Louise
HouseOrange-Nassau
FatherWilliam II of the Netherlands
MotherAnna Pavlovna of Russia
ReligionCalvinist

Princess Sophie of the Netherlands (Wilhelmine Marie Sophie Louise; 8 April 1824 – 23 March 1897) was the only daughter and last surviving child of King William II of the Netherlands and of his wife Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna of Russia. She was heir presumptive to her niece, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, for seven years, from the death of her brother until her own death.

Marriage and children

Princess Sophie married her first cousin, Charles Alexander, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, at Kneuterdijk Palace in The Hague on 8 October 1842. Their mothers were sisters, and daughters of Tsar Paul I of Russia.

They had four children:

Catherine Radziwill, a contemporary of Sophie's, commented that,

"...[Sophie] was very different from her husband, and, though extremely ugly, was a most imposing Princess. She was clever, too, and upheld the reputation of the Weimar family. She was a Princess of the Netherlands by birth...and kept and maintained at her court the traditions in which she had been reared. Notwithstanding her want of beauty, moreover, she presented a splendid figure, being always magnificently dressed and covered with wonderful jewels, among which shone a parure of rubies and diamonds that were supposed to be the finest of their kind in Europe".[1]

Ancestry

References

  1. ^ Radziwill, p. 118.

Sources

Princess Sophie of the Netherlands House of Orange-NassauCadet branch of the House of NassauBorn: 8 April 1824 Died: 23 March 1897 German royalty Preceded byMaria Pavlovna of Russia Grand Duchess consort of Saxe-Weimar8 July 1853 – 23 March 1897 VacantTitle next held byCaroline Reuss of Greiz