Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1778–1841)

Updated About encyclopedia.com content Print Article Share Article
views updated

Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1778–1841)

Duchess of Cumberland and queen of Hanover. Name variations: Frederica Caroline of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Born on March 2, 1778, in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany; died on June 29, 1841, in Hanover; interred at Chapel of Schloss Herrenhausen, Hanover; daughter of Charles II Louis Frederick, grand duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, and Frederica of Hesse-Darmstadt (1752–1782); sister of Louise of Prussia (1776–1810); married Frederick Louis Charles (1773–1796), prince of Prussia, on December 26, 1793 (divorced 1796); married Frederick-William, prince of Salms-Branfels, on January 10, 1798; married Ernest Augustus I (1771–1851, son of King George III of England), duke of Cumberland and king of Hanover, on August 29, 1815; children: (first marriage) two boys who died in infancy; Frederica Wilhelmina Louise (1796–1850, who married Leopold Frederick, duke of Anhalt-Dessau); (second marriage) Frederick William Henry (b. 1801); Augusta Louisa of Salms-Branfels (1804–1865, who married Albert, prince of Schwarzbourg-Roudolstadt); Alexander Frederick (b. 1807); Frederick William (b. 1812); (third marriage) Frederica (1817–1817, stillborn); another daughter (1818–1818); George V (b. 1819), king of Hanover.