Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Born Mar 3, 1778

Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Duchess of Cumberland and later Queen of Hanover (now part of Germany), was the consort of Ernest Augustus I of Hanover, the fifth son and eighth child of George III and Queen Charlotte. She was born in the Altes Palais of Hanover as the fifth daughter of Charles II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, and his first wife, Frederica, daughter of George William, Prince of Hesse-Darmstadt.… Read More

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1778 Birth Born in 1778.
1782 4 Years Old Frederica's mother died on 22 May 1782 after giving birth to her tenth child. … Read More


1793 15 Years Old The double engagement was celebrated in Darmstadt on 24 April 1793, only a few weeks after the sister fortuitously met their future father-in-law at the theatre. … Read More
1794 16 Years Old Despite her husband's alleged neglect, Fredrica did bear him three children in as many years: Frederick in 1794; a short-lived son, Charles, in 1795; and a daughter, Frederica, in 1796. … Read More
1797 19 Years Old In 1797, Frederica and her cousin Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, seventh son of King George III of Great Britain by his wife Queen Charlotte (Frederica's paternal aunt), became unofficially engaged. … Read More


1798 20 Years Old In 1798 Frederica became pregnant. … Read More
1799 21 Years Old Two months later, in February 1799, Frederica gave birth to a daughter who only lived eight months. Prince Frederick William, disappointed and embittered, resumed his old dissipated lifestyle and became an alcoholic. In 1805 he resigned his military posts for "health reasons". … Read More


1814 36 Years Old All parties agreed, including the Prince of Solms-Braunfels, but Frederick William's sudden death on 13 April 1814 precluded the need for a divorce. … Read More
1815 37 Years Old 1 More Event
After the British king gave his consent to the wedding, Frederica and Ernest Augustus were married on 29 May 1815 at the parish church of Neustrelitz. Some time later, the couple traveled to Great Britain and married again on 29 August 1815 at Carlton House, London.


1818 40 Years Old Queen Charlotte bitterly opposed the marriage, even though her future daughter-in-law was also her niece. She refused to attend the wedding and advised her son to live outside England with his wife. Frederica never obtained the favor of her aunt/mother-in-law, who died unreconciled with her in 1818. … Read More


1841 64 Years Old After a short illness, Queen Frederica of Hanover died in 1841 at Hanover. … Read More
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