Princess Amalia of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach

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Princess Amalia
Princess Henry of the Netherlands
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Princess Amalia at a young age
Born(1830-03-20)20 March 1830
Ghent
Died1 May 1872(1872-05-01) (aged 42)
Walferdange, Luxembourg
Burial
Spouse
(m. 1853)
Names
Amalia Maria da Gloria Augusta
HouseSaxe-Weimar-Eisenach
FatherPrince Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
MotherPrincess Ida of Saxe-Meiningen
ReligionLutheranism

Princess Amalia of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (Amalia Maria da Gloria Augusta; 20 March 1830 – 1 May 1872) was a Dutch princess as the first wife of Prince Henry of the Netherlands, son of king William II of the Netherlands.

Life[edit]

Family[edit]

She was the daughter of Prince Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach and Princess Ida of Saxe-Meiningen.

Princess of the Netherlands[edit]

She first met Henry, alongside his brother Alexander on the island of Madeira in 1847. She married Henry in Weimar on 19 May 1853. They divided their time between Walferdange Castle in Luxembourg, where Henry was stadhouder, and the Soestdijk Palace during the summer.

The marriage remained childless but was described as a happy one, with Amalia acting as the confidante, support and adviser of Henry, and as an intermediary during family conflicts.[1] She may have influenced Henry's defense of the independent position of Luxemburg during the conflict of 1866–1870.[2]

As she had been before her marriage, she had a great interest in charity, which made her popular in Luxemburg. It was thanks to her that kindergartens (initiated by Friedrich Fröbel) were introduced into the area.

On her death in 1872 she was buried in the Nieuwe Kerk at Delft. In 1876 the city of Luxembourg unveiled a statue of her in Henry's presence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mieke van Leeuwen-Canneman, Amalia van Saksen-Weimar, in: Digitaal Vrouwenlexicon van Nederland. URL: http://resources.huygens.knaw.nl/vrouwenlexicon/lemmata/data/AmaliavanSaksenWeimar [13 January 2014]
  2. ^ "Digitaal Vrouwenlexicon van Nederland". 17 September 2019.

Ancestry[edit]

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