Princess Friederike of Brandenburg-Schwedt

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Friederike
Friederike Dorothee of Brandenburg-Schwedt, duchess of Württemberg.jpg
Duchess of Württemberg
Tenure 20 May 1795 – 23 December 1797
Born (1736-12-18)18 December 1736
Schwedt
Died 9 March 1798(1798-03-09) (aged 61)
Stuttgart
Spouse Frederick II Eugene, Duke of Württemberg
Issue Frederick I of Württemberg
Duke Louis
Sophie Dorothea, Empress of Russia
Duke William
Friederika, Princess of Holstein-Gottorp
Elisabeth, Archduchess Francis of Austria
Duke Alexander
Full name
Friederike Sophia Dorothea
House Brandenburg-Schwedt
Father Frederick William, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt
Mother Princess Sophia Dorothea of Prussia

Friederike of Brandenburg-Schwedt (Friederike Sophia Dorothea; 18 December 1736 – 9 March 1798) was Duchess of Württemberg by marriage to Frederick II Eugene, Duke of Württemberg. She is an ancestor to many European royals of the 19th and 20th century.[1]

Biography

Friederike was a daughter of Margrave Frederick William of Brandenburg-Schwedt and Princess Sophia Dorothea of Prussia. Her mother was a sister of Frederick the Great. Her siblings included Elisabeth Louise, Princess Augustus Ferdinand of Prussia and Philippine, Landgravine of Hesse-Cassel.

On 2 November 1753, she married Frederick Eugen of Württemberg. He would succeed his brother in 1795, making her Duchess consort of Württemberg.

Friederike was described as witty and charming. She belonged to the reformed faith, while her consort was Catholic, but she brought up her children as Lutheran upon agreement with the Lutheran council, from whom she received an allowance.

From 1769, she lived at Montbéliard, which was being managed by her husband. In 1792, she abandoned Montbéliard because of the French Revolution. Her husband inherited the Dukedom of Württemberg in 1795–1797.

Issue

She had twelve children:

Ancestry

Titles and styles

  • 18 December 1736 – 2 November 1753 Her Serene Highness Princess Friederike of Brandenburg-Schwedt
  • 2 November 1753 – 20 May 1795 Her Serene Highness Duchess Friederike of Württemberg
  • 20 May 1795 – 23 December 1797 Her Serene Highness The Duchess of Württemberg
  • 23 December 1797 – 9 March 1798 Her Serene Highness The Dowager Duchess of Württemberg

Notes

  1. ^ Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh (ed.) (1977). Burke's Royal Families of the World, 1st edition. London: Burke's Peerage. pp. 184–186. ISBN 0-85011-023-8. 
  2. ^ Genealogie ascendante jusqu'au quatrieme degre inclusivement de tous les Rois et Princes de maisons souveraines de l'Europe actuellement vivans [Genealogy up to the fourth degree inclusive of all the Kings and Princes of sovereign houses of Europe currently living] (in French). Bourdeaux: Frederic Guillaume Birnstiel. 1768. p. 21. 
Princess Friederike of Brandenburg-Schwedt
Cadet branch of the House of Hohenzollern
Born: 18 December 1736 Died: 9 March 1798
German royalty
Vacant
Title last held by
Franziska von Hohenheim
Duchess consort of Württemberg
20 May 1795 – 23 December 1797
Succeeded by
Charlotte, Princess Royal
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