Friday, November 16, 2012

Royal death: Princess Marie of Hesse and By Rhine

November 16, 1878

The New York Times has received a dispatch from Darmstadt, stating that Princess Marie, the youngest child of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Hesse and By Rhine, has "just died of diphtheria."

The 41-year-old Grand Duke and four of his children are also suffering from the disease.

Princess Marie Victoria Feodore Leopoldine is the sixth and youngest child of Grand Duke Ludwig IV and his wife, Alice, a daughter of Queen Victoria.

Princess Marie, who was known as May, was born on May 24, 1874, her grandmother, Queen Victoria's birthday. 

The other children are Princess Victoria, Princess Elisabeth, Princess Irene, Hereditary Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig, and Princess Alix.

The Grand Duke succeeded his uncle, Ludwig III, in June 1877. 

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