Monday, April 4, 2016

Double tragedy for Schaumburg-Lippe family

August 4, 1906

The princely family of Schaumburg-Lippe is mourning two deaths today.   Seventy-two-year-old Prince Wilhelm died at 4 a.m., this morning from "heart trouble" at Schloss Ratiboritz in Nachod, Bohemia, reports the New York Times.

Five hours later, his daughter-in-law, Princess Louise, succumbed to meningitis, also at Nachod.

Prince Wilhelm was an officer in the Austrian army, and lived for most of his life at Nachod.  He married in 1862 to Princess Bathildis of Anhalt, who died at Nachod in 1902.  He was born Prince Wilhelm Karl August of Schaumburg-Lippe of on December 12, 1834 at Schloss Bückeburg, the seventh child of Georg Wilhelm, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe and Princess Ida of Waldeck und Pyrmont.  The couple had eight children, six of whom survive:  Queen Charlotte of Württemberg, consort of Wilhelm II, Prince Friedrich, Prince Albrecht, Princess Bathildis, who is married to Prince Friedrich of Waldeck-Pyrmont,  Princess Adelheid, the wife of Ernstm Hereditary Duke of Saxe-Altenburg, and Princess Alexandra.

 His eldest son, Prince Friedrich, married Princess Louise of Denmark, eldest daughter of King Frederik VIII, in 1896.   The couple had three children: Princess Marie Louise (1897), Prince Christian (1898) and Princess Stephanie (1899).

Princess Louise was said to be unhappy in her marriage, and she would spend several months each year visiting her family in Denmark.  Her father, who succeeded to Danish throne, in January of this year, would come to Nachod each year to visit her.

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