Princess Marie Gasparine of Saxe-Altenburg

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Princess Marie Gasparine
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Princess consort of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
Tenure17 July 1880 - 28 March 1909
Born(1845-06-28)28 June 1845
Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria
Died5 July 1930(1930-07-05) (aged 85)
Sondershausen, Weimar Republic
SpouseCharles Gonthier, Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
Full name
German: Marie Gasparine Amalie Antoinette Karoline Elisabeth Luise
HouseHouse of Saxe-Altenburg (by birth)
House of Schwarzburg (by marriage)
FatherPrince Eduard of Saxe-Altenburg
MotherPrincess Louise Caroline Reuss of Greiz

Princess Marie Gasparine of Saxe-Altenburg (Marie Gasparine Amalie Antoinette Karoline Elisabeth Luise; 28 June 1845 – 5 July 1930) was a daughter of Prince Eduard of Saxe-Altenburg and his wife Princess Louise Caroline Reuss of Greiz.[1] She was the consort of Charles Gonthier, Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen.


Marie was considered as a potential spouse for Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, the eldest son and heir of Queen Victoria. A London newspaper speculated (supposedly from "authentic sources"[2]) that the prince's choices were limited to seven women, who were all of sufficient royal blood, followers of a Protestant religion, and his age or younger.[3][4] Some of the other candidates included Marie of the Netherlands, Elisabeth of Wied, Anna of Hesse-Darmstadt, Alexandrine of Prussia, Alexandra of Denmark, Wilhelmine of Württemberg, Catherine of Oldenburg and Augusta of Schleswig-Holstein.[2] Marie was eliminated from this list however, as she was considered "shockingly dressed and always with her most disagreeable mother,"[5] and the Prince of Wales ultimately married Alexandra of Denmark in 1863.

On 12 June 1869, Marie married Charles Gonthier, Hereditary Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen in Altenburg.[1] Charles succeeded his father on 17 July 1880, and Marie became the Princess of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen. Their failure to have children meant the end of the House of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen. Charles' cousin Günther Victor succeeded him in 1909.

Marie Gasparine died on 5 July 1930 in Sondershausen, Weimar Republic.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Lundy, Darryl. "Marie Gasparine Prinzessin von Sachsen-Altenburg". Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Court And Official News; The Prince of Wales And His Destined Bride", The Manchester Guardian, 6 July 1858
  3. ^ Meyrick Broadley, Alexander (1906). The boyhood of a great king, 1841-1858: an account of the early years of the life of His Majesty Edward VII. London: Harper and Brothers. pp. 369–70.
  4. ^ "Article 2 - No Title", New York Monthly Magazine, October 1862
  5. ^ Hibbert, Christopher (2007). Edward VII: The Last Victorian King. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 41.

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Princess Marie Gasparine of Saxe-Altenburg
Born: 28 June 1845 Died: 5 July 1930
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Princess Mathilde of Hohenlohe-Öhringen
Princess consort of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
17 July 1880 – 28 March 1909
Succeeded by
Princess Anna Louise of Schönburg-Waldenburg