Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A bride to be

Marlene A. Eilers Koenig Collection

Princess Elisabeth of Stolberg-Rossla poses for an official portrait in 1909 at the time of her engagement to Duke Johann Albrecht of Mecklenburg.  They were married on December 15, 1909, a year after the death of Johann Albrecht's first wife, Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.

The princess was 24 years old when she married 52-year-old Duke Johann Albrecht, Regent for the Duchy of Brunswick.

Their marriage was childless.   Duke Johann Albrecht died in 1920.  Four years later, Elisabeth married her late husband's half-brother, Duke Adolf Friedrich, whose first wife, Princess Viktoria Feodora Reuss, died the day after giving birth to a daughter, Woizlawa Feodora in December 1918.

Princess Elisabeth was the daughter of Prince Botho of Stolberg-Rossla and Princess Hedwig of Ysenburg und Büdingen.

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