Wednesday, July 20, 2011

An allowance for Sophie

July 20, 1889

Princess Sophie of Prussia, who will marry Prince Constantine, the heir to the Greek throne in October, is to receive £100,000 out of "the private fortune of  her father, the late Emperor Friedrich," according to the report in the New York Times, which is based on a dispatch from the London Truth.    The Princess has also been given £15,000 from her mother, Empress Friedrich.    

These sums will be invested in Germany, and the Princess will be able to draw on the interest.   The capital will "ultimately be divided among the children."  But if Sophie dies without issue, the money will be divided between her three sisters, Charlotte, Viktoria and Margarete, and her brother, Prince Henry.  

Princess Sophie will also receive an annuity of £4000 a year from the Hohenzollern family fund.

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