Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

British princess Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

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.
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29 June 1841

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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1841
    Age 62
    After a short illness, Queen Frederica of Hanover died in 1841 at Hanover.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1818
    Age 39
    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.
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  • 1815
    Age 36
    Her father assumed the title of Grand Duke of Mecklenburg on 18 June 1815.
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    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.
  • 1814
    Age 35
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1799
    Age 20
    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".
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1798
    Age 19
    In 1798 Frederica became pregnant.
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  • 1797
    Age 18
    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.
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  • 1794
    Age 15
    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.
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  • 1793
    Age 14
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1782
    Age 3
    Frederica's mother died on 22 May 1782 after giving birth to her tenth child.
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  • 1778
    Born
    Born in 1778.
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