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Princess Sophie of the Netherlands

Sophie of the Netherlands
Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Tenure 8 July 1853 – 23 March 1897
Spouse Charles Alexander, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Issue Charles Augustus, Hereditary Grand Duke
Marie, Princess Heinrich VII Reuss
Princess Anna Sophia
Elisabeth, Duchess Johann Albrecht of Mecklenburg
Full name
Wilhelmine Marie Sophie Louise
House House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
House of Orange-Nassau
Father William II of the Netherlands
Mother Anna Pavlovna of Russia
Born (1824-04-08)8 April 1824
Lange Voorhout Palace, The Hague, Netherlands
Died 23 March 1897(1897-03-23) (aged 72)
Weimar, German Empire
Religion Calvinism

Princess Sophie of the Netherlands (Wilhelmine Marie Sophie Louise; 8 April 1824 – 23 March 1897) was the only daughter of King William II of the Netherlands and of his wife Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna of Russia. She was heir presumptive to her niece, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, for seven years, from the death of her brother until her own death.

Marriage and children

Princess Sophie married her first cousin, Charles Alexander, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, at Kneuterdijk Palace in The Hague on 8 October 1842. Their mothers were sisters, daughters of Tsar Paul I of Russia.

They had four children:

Catherine Radziwill, a contemporary of Sophie's, commented that,

"...[Sophie] was very different from her husband, and, though extremely ugly, was a most imposing Princess. She was clever, too, and upheld the reputation of the Weimar family. She was a Princess of the Netherlands by birth...and kept and maintained at her court the traditions in which she had been reared. Notwithstanding her want of beauty, moreover, she presented a splendid figure, being always magnificently dressed and covered with wonderful jewels, among which shone a parure of rubies and diamonds that were supposed to be the finest of their kind in Europe".[1]

Titles, styles honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 8 April 1824 - 8 October 1842 Her Royal Highness Princess Sophie of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau
  • 8 October 1842 - 8 July 1853 Her Royal Highness The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
  • 8 July 1853 – 23 March 1897 Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach



  1. ^ Radziwill, p. 118.


  • Radziwill, Catherine (1915). Memories of Forty Years. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Press. 

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  • Royal House of the Netherlands
Princess Sophie of the Netherlands
Cadet branch of the House of Nassau
Born: 8 April 1824 Died: 23 March 1897
German royalty
Preceded by
Maria Pavlovna of Russia
Grand Duchess consort of Saxe-Weimar
8 July 1853 – 23 March 1897
Title next held by
Caroline Reuss of Greiz
Dutch royalty
Preceded by
Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
Heir to the Dutch throne
as heir presumptive
23 November 1890 – 23 March 1897
Succeeded by
William Ernest of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
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