Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dona's Tante Henriette is dead

October 19, 1917

Princess Henriette of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenberg died yesterday at Kiel.  She was 84 years old.

The Princess, whose full name was Karoline Christiane Auguste Emilie Henriette Elisabeth, was the seventh and youngest child of Duke Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenberg  and his wife, Countess Lovisa-Sophie Danneskjold-Samsoe.    She was an aunt of Empress Auguste Viktoria, whose father, Duke Friedrich, was one of Henriette's older brothers.

Princess Henriette was born at Augustenberg on August 2, 1833.  At the age of 38, she was married on February 28, 1872 at Primkenau, to Dr. Johann Friedrich von Esmarch, one of the most eminent surgeons of his day.  The son of a physician,  Dr von Esmarch was born on January 9, 1823 at Tönning in Schleswig-Holstein.  He was a widower for some years before marrying Princess Henriette.   Dr. von Esmarch died at Kiel on February 23, 1908.

The Princess and her husband had no children.  She is survived by a stepson, Karl Friedrich von Esmarch,  her brother,  Prince Christian, who lives in London and is married to Princess Helena, the late Queen Victoria's third daughter, and numerous nieces and nephews including Empress Auguste Viktoria of Germany.

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