Today in History - September 30th. 1811 - Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach - who became German Empress Consort

September 30th. 1811 marks the birth of Princess Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
in Weimar (Germany).

Princess Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Empress of Germany
Source picture: Wikipedia


Her parents were Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
and Maria Pavlovna of Russia (daughter of Paul I of Russia and 
Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg).

In 1826, only 15 years old, Princess Augusta met her future husband Wilhelm.
Wilhelm thought Augusta was an Excellent Personality yet less attractive than
her older sister Marie (who Wilhelms younger brother Karl already had married).
On June 11th. 1829 Princess Augusta married Wilhelm of Prussia in the chapel
of Schloss Charlottenburg.

The first weeks of her marriage were harmonious but Augusta started to be
at the Prussian Court. Later (in the 1840's) she became manic depressive, she
felt unwanted due to Wilhelm, who took mistresses...
In 1864, Augusta founded the National Women's Association, which looked
after wounded soldiers. She also founded some hospitals.

In 1871, after the Prussian-France war, Augusta became empress of Germany.
The German Empress suffered many years from rheumatism and in June 1881
she received heavy injuries, which left her dependent on crutches and even a
wheelchair, but she continued to fulfill their duties.

On January 7th. 1890 Empress Augusta died in Berlin, there she was buried
in the mausoleum of Charlottenburg Castle.

own picture of her tomb