Today in History - February 3rd 1808 - Princess Marie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach

Princess Marie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach was born on February 3rd. 1808 in
Weimar (now Germany).


Princess Marie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
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Her parents were Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach and
Marie Pavlovna of Russia. 


Maria Pavlovna of Russia
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Her mother, Maria Pavlovna of Russia, was a daughter of Tsar Paul I of Russia.
Her eldest brother became Tsar Alexander I of Russia. One of her sisters was 
Anna Pavlovna of Russia, who married King William II of The Netherlands.

In 1824, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna wanted to travel to Russia with her
two daughters. They stopped in Frankfurt an der Oder. There the Royals were
welcomed by Prince Charles of Prussia and his elder brother William I of Prussia.
Prince Charles of Prussia met Princess Marie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach and fell
in love with her.


Prince Charles (Carl) of Prussia
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The two asked to marry to their family. King Frederick William III of Prussia
agreed to the marriage. He contacted the courts in Weimar and in Russia to
negotiate about the wedding arrangement. During that time 
Maria Feodorovna of Russia (mother of Maria Pavlovna) had to give her approval 
for the marriage. She and Maria Pavlovna of Russia disagreed. 
Finally after more than two years Princess Marie and Prince Charles 
had the approval to marry.

On May 26th. 1827,  Princess Marie married Prince Charles in the
Charlottenburg Palace (now located in Berlin). The marriage was very good.
They had 3 children. 



Charlottenburg Palace - Own picture

Princess Marie's sister Augusta, married for dynastic reasons to 
Prince Charles's elder brother William. Their marriage was not a happy one.

Princess Marie and Prince Charles always noticed their lower possition at court
but they ran a fashionable household and were surrounded by high society, very
unlike the sober court of William and Augusta.

Princess Marie died on January 18th. 1877 in Berlin (Germany).
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