Luise Charlotte of Saxe-Altenburg, wife of Eduard, Duke of Anhalt

Luise Charlotte of Saxe-Altenburg, wife of Eduard, Duke of Anhalt

Luise Charlotte of Saxe-Altenburg was the wife of the future Eduard, Duke of Anhalt. She was born in Altenburg, Duchy of Saxe-Altenburg, now in the German state of Thuringia, on August 11, 1873, the youngest child of Prince Moritz of Saxe-Altenburg and Princess Auguste of Saxe-Meiningen.

Luise Charlotte had four older siblings:

  • Princess Marie Anne (1864-1918) – married Prince Georg of Schaumburg-Lippe, had issue
  • Princess Elisabeth (1865-1927) – married Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich of Russia, had issue
  • Princess Margarethe (1867-1882) – unmarried
  • Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg (1871-1955) – married Princess Adelheid of Schaumburg-Lippe, had issue

Eduard, Duke of Anhalt. source: Wikipedia

On February 6, 1895, in Altenburg, Luise Charlotte married her second cousin, Prince Eduard of Anhalt. He was the son of Friedrich I, Duke of Anhalt and Princess Antoinette of Saxe-Altenburg.

They had six children:

  • Princess Friederike (born and died 1896) – died in infancy
  • Prince Leopold (1897-1898) – died in infancy
  • Princess Marie-Auguste (1898-1983) – married Prince Joachim of Prussia, had issue
  • Joachim Ernst, Duke of Anhalt (1901-1947) – married (1) Elisabeth Strickrodt, no issue; (2) Edda-Charlotte von Stephani-Marwitz, had issue
  • Prince Eugen (1903-1980) – married Anastasia Jungmeier, had issue
  • Prince Wolfgang (1912-1936) – unmarried

Luise Charlotte and Eduard divorced on January 26, 1918, a few months before her husband became Duke of Anhalt. She spent her remaining years in Altenburg, Germany where she died on April 15, 1953. She is buried in the Ducal Cemetery in Trockenborn-Wolfersdorf, Germany along with her brother, Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg.

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