Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Princess Auguste, younger sister of Danish queen is dead

July 17, 1889

Princess Auguste Sophie Friederike Marie Caroline Julie of Hesse-Cassel, the younger sister of Queen Louise of Denmark, died today at Copenhagen.  She was 65 years old.

The Princess was the fifth of six children of Prince Wilhelm of Hesse-Cassel and Princess Charlotte of Denmark.   She was born at Copenhagen on October 23, 1823.  She married Baron Karl Friedrich von Blixen-Finecke, a Swedish-Danish nobleman, at Schloss Panker on May 28, 1854.

She is survived by her sons: Vilhelm Carl Ferdinand Christian Fredrik Hilda Rudolf Gustaf(1857)  and  Vilhelm Carl Anna Otto Gunnar Axel  von Blixen-Finecke (1863). 

The Dowager Baroness was close to her sister and kept in touch with her nieces and nephews.  In December 1875,  the Princess of Wales, the wife of the heir to the British throne, and the eldest daughter of Queen Louise and King Christian IX, visited Auguste at her home in Helsingör.

Baron Axel accompanied his cousin, the Crown Prince of Denmark to  Windsor Castle in May 1887 as the guest of the Prince and Princess of Wales.  He had the "honour of dining with the Queen and the Royal Family."

[In the early 1890s,  Baron Gustav served as an adjutant to Crown Prince Gustav of Sweden --King  Gustav V.  He shared an interest in photography with Crown Princess Victoria.  He carried her equipment during a trip to Cairo.  Apparently more than the negatives were exposed during their time together in the photography tent.  Baron Gustav, who never married, was dismissed from his position.]


John said...

Unequal marriage? No better prospects for a princess? Was it a love match?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

No idea - the family was noble, very well off -