Princess Catherine of Württemberg

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Princess Catherine Frederica Charlotte of Württemberg
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Princess Catherine Frederica Charlotte of Württemberg (Stuttgart, 24 August 1821 – Stuttgart, 6 December 1898) was a daughter of William I of Württemberg and Pauline Therese of Württemberg. She was the mother of William II of Württemberg.


Catherine was the eldest of three children born to William I of Württemberg by his third wife and cousin Pauline Therese of Württemberg. Her two siblings were Charles I of Württemberg and Augusta, Princess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. She also had two half-siblings from her father's previous marriage to Catherine Pavlovna of Russia: Marie and Sophie, the future Queen consort of the Netherlands.


On 20 November 1845, Catherine married her cousin, Prince Frederick of Württemberg. He was a son of Prince Paul of Württemberg and Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The marriage was meant to strengthen ties between the main branch of the Württemberg family and the next possible heir to the throne. As the marriage seemingly predicted, they had one son, who would eventually succeed her childless brother Charles as King of Württemberg:

  • William II of Württemberg (25 February 1848 – 2 October 1921)

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Frederick died in 1870. In the 1880s, Catherine was described as a "portly, austere old widowed Princess...who had a red, mannish face, and habitually dressed in purple and mauve". She frequently resided in the Villa Seefeld, which was located in Switzerland. In this location, she was a neighbor of her relatives, the Tecks, who included the future Queen Mary of the United Kingdom. Catherine died 28 years after her husband, on 6 December 1898 in Stuttgart, the place of her birth.


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        Relation nameRelation typeBirth DateDeath dateDescription
        1William II of WürttembergWilliam II of WürttembergSon25.02.184802.10.1921
        2Prince Frederick of WürttembergPrince Frederick of WürttembergHusband21.02.180809.05.1870
        3Princess MariePrincess MarieDaughter in-law23.05.185730.04.1882

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