Princess Helena of Nassau

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Princess Helena of Nassau (German: Prinzessin Helene Wilhelmine Henriette Pauline Marianne von Nassau-Weilburg; 18 August 1831 – 27 October 1888) was a daughter of William, Duke of Nassau (that is, the German state or region referred to as Nassau), and consort of George Victor, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont.

Early life

Helena was born at Wiesbaden, Duchy of Nassau. She was the ninth child of William, Duke of Nassau (1792–1839), by his second wife Princess Pauline of Württemberg (1810–1856), daughter of Prince Paul of Württemberg. She was the half-sister of Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (then Hereditary Prince of Nassau). She was related with the Dutch Royal Family and also, distantly, to the British Royal Family through her father and mother, both were descendants of King George II of Great Britain.

Marriage and family

Princess Helena married on 26 September 1853 in Wiesbaden to George Victor, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont, son of George II, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont.


They had seven children:

  • Princess Sophie Nikoline (27 July 1854 – 5 August 1869); died of tuberculosis at fifteen.
  • Princess Pauline (19 October 1855 – 3 July 1925) married Alexis, Prince of Bentheim and Steinfurt.
  • Princess Marie (23 May 1857 – 30 April 1882) who married Prince William, later King William II of Württemberg.
  • Princess Emma (2 August 1858 – 20 March 1934) who married King William III of the Netherlands. The Dutch royal family exist of descendants from this marriage.
  • Princess Helena (17 February 1861 – 1 September 1922) who married Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany.
  • Prince Friedrich (20 January 1865 – 26 May 1946), last reigning prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont, married Princess Bathildis of Schaumburg-Lippe
  • Princess Elisabeth (6 September 1873 – 23 November 1961) married Alexander, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg.

Among her grandchildren were:

  • Pauline, Princess of Wied (1877–1965), last senior member of the House of Württemberg.
  • Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1880–1962), queen regnant of the Netherlands.
  • Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone (1883–1981), Vice-regal consort of Canada
  • Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1884–1954), last reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
  • Josias, Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1896–1967)
  • George Louis, Prince of Erbach-Schönberg (1903–1971)

Titles and styles

  • 18 August 1831 – 26 September 1853: Her Ducal Serene Highness Princess Helena of Nassau
  • 26 September 1853 – 28 October 1888: Her Ducal Serene Highness The Princess of Waldeck and Pyrmont


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        Relation nameRelation typeBirth DateDeath dateDescription
        1Princess MariePrincess MarieDaughter23.05.185730.04.1882
        2Princess Pauline of Waldeck and PyrmontPrincess Pauline of Waldeck and PyrmontDaughter19.10.185503.07.1925
        3Princess Elisabeth of Waldeck and PyrmontPrincess Elisabeth of Waldeck and PyrmontDaughter06.09.187323.11.1961
        4George Victor Prince of Waldeck and PyrmontGeorge Victor Prince of Waldeck and PyrmontHusband14.01.183112.05.1893
        5William II of WürttembergWilliam II of WürttembergSon in-law25.02.184802.10.1921
        6Prince Alexis of Bentheim and SteinfurtPrince Alexis of Bentheim and SteinfurtSon in-law17.11.184521.01.1919
        7Prince Alexander of Erbach-SchönbergPrince Alexander of Erbach-SchönbergSon in-law12.09.187218.10.1944
        8Viktor Adolph zu Bentheim und SteinfurtViktor Adolph zu Bentheim und SteinfurtGrandson18.07.188304.06.1961
        George Louis Prince of Erbach-SchönbergGrandson01.01.190327.01.1971

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