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Princess Alexandra Karoline Marie Ida Henriette Juliane was the youngest of eight children of Prince Wilhelm of Schaumburg-Lippe and Princess Bathildis of Anhalt. She was born at Ratboritz on January 9, 1879. She died unmarried at Linz am Rhein on January 5, 1949.
Her older sisters made advantageous marriages. Charlotte was the wife of King Wilhelm II of Wurttemberg. Bathildis was married to Friedrich Prince of Waldeck und Pyrmont, and Adelheid married Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen.
In September 1900, the Marquise de Fontenoy reported that the reason for King Alexander of Serbia's "hurried marriage to Queen Draga was due to the discovery that his father, without any knowledge on his part," had completed the arrangements for Alexander's marriage to Princess Alexandra.
The German and Austrian governments had promised a dowry of $1 million in "consideration of the fact that on marrying this German princess King Alexander and his father sign a military convention" that would bring Serbia into the triple alliance."