Today in History - January 19th. 1757 - Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf

On January 19th. 1757, Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf was born in
Saalburg-Ebersdorf (Germany). She was important for many European
Royal Families.


Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf
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Her parents were Heinrich XXIV, Count Reuss of Ebersdorf and
Karoline Ernestine of Erbach-Schönberg.

She was one of the most beautiful women of her time.
Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf married in 1777 Francis, 
Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. 


Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
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They had 10 children. 7 of them survived to adulthood. Some of them
played an important role in history. 

- Juliane married Grand Duke Constantine Pavlovich of Russia (younger
brother of Tsar Alexander I of Russia).

- Ernst I was the father of Albert (he married Queen Victoria of the 
United Kingdom).

- Ferdinand was the father of Ferdinand II of Portugal and the
grandfather of Ferdinand I of Bulgaria.

-Victoria married Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and
Strathearn. They were the parents of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom

- Leopold  became the first King of Belgium.
His children were inter alia King Leopold II of Belgium and
Empress Carlota (Charlotte) of Mexico.  

Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf died on November 16th. 1831.

Her descendants established the ruling houses of Belgium, United Kingdom
and the former ruling houses of Bulgaria and Portugal. 
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