Louisa Ulrica of Prussia (1720–1782)

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Louisa Ulrica of Prussia (1720–1782)

Queen of Sweden. Name variations: Luisa Ulrika. Born in Berlin on July 24, 1720; died on July 16, 1782; daughter of Frederick William I (1688–1740), king of Prussia (r. 1713–1740), and Sophia Dorothea of Brunswick-Lüneburg-Hanover (1687–1757, daughter of George I of England); sister of Frederick II the Great, king of Prussia (r. 1740–1786); married Adolphus Frederick (1710–1771), king of Sweden (r. 1751–1771), on August 29, 1744; children: Gustavus III (1746–1792), king of Sweden (r. 1771–1792, who married Sophia of Denmark ); Charles XIII (1748–1818), king of Sweden (r. 1809–1818); Frederick Adolf (b. 1750); Albertine (1753–1829).

A friend of Linnaeus, Louisa Ulrica of Prussia was known as an intelligent and commanding presence in the Swedish court. She was a patron of art and science.