Today in History - March 23rd. 1897 - Princess Sophie of The Netherlands

Princess Sophie of The Netherlands was born on April 8th. 1824 @ the
Paleis (Palace) Lange Voorhout in The Hague.


Princess Sophie of The Netherlands
Source picture: Wikipedia

Her parents were King William II (in Dutch: Willem) of The Netherlands 
and Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna of Russia.

Sophie grew up in different places like The Hague, Het Loo Palace and
Brussels (now capital of Belgium).

Lange Voorhout Palace The Hague
Paleis Lange Voorhout in The Hague The Netherlands (own picture)


On October 8th. 1842, Princess Sophie married her first cousin,
Charles Alexander Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.
Their mothers were sisters, daughters of Tsar Paul I of Russia.

Princess Sophie and her husband had 4 children.

Princess Sophie wasn't the most beautiful woman of her time, but she
always was dressed with extremely chique clothes and fine jewelry.

In 1853, she became Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.
At the court, culture played an important role. She was close friends to
inter alia Hans Christian Andersen.

In October 1892, the couple celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary.
It was there that Wilhelmina of The Netherlands met her
future husband Prince Henry (in Dutch: Hendrik).

 Princess Sophie died on March 23rd. 1897 in Weimar (German Empire).