Princess Alexandrine of Prussia (1803–1892)

Alexandrine of Prussia

Princess Alexandrine painted by Friedrich Wilhelm Schadow
Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Tenure 1 February 1837 – 7 March 1842
Born (1803-02-23)23 February 1803
Berlin, Prussia
Died 21 April 1892(1892-04-21) (aged 89)
Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Spouse Paul Frederick, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Issue Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg
Duchess Louise
Duke Wilhelm
Full name
Friederike Wilhelmine Alexandrine Marie Helene
House Hohenzollern
Father Frederick William III of Prussia
Mother Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Prussian royalty
House of Hohenzollern
Frederick William III
Frederick William IV
William I
Alexandra Feodorovna, Empress of Russia
Princess Frederica
Prince Charles of Prussia
Alexandrine, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg
Prince Ferdinand
Princess Louise
Prince Albert of Prussia

Alexandrine, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (born Princess Alexandrine of Prussia; 23 February 1803 21 April 1892) was the wife and consort to Paul Frederick, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin as well as the daughter of Frederick William III of Prussia and Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.


Alexandrine was the seventh child and fourth daughter of Frederick William III of Prussia and his wife Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. She was a younger sister of Frederick William IV of Prussia, Wilhelm I of Prussia, and Charlotte, Empress of Russia.

Her mother was a niece of Queen Charlotte of the United Kingdom and a sister of Queen Frederica of Hanover.


On 25 May 1822, she married Paul Frederick of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. He succeeded his grandfather as Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in 1837.

They had three children:

Her marriage was generally considered unhappy; Paul Frederick was a military man who had little time for or interest in his wife and family. Alexandrine, by contrast, was a devoted mother who tenderly raised her children and actively cultivated their cultural pursuits. Alexandrine herself was very cultured but was also described as a stereotypically-remote German princess. She was not considered an intellectual but attended scholarly lectures and read many books.

At the time of her death, she was the last surviving grandchild of Frederick William II of Prussia.

Titles, styles, honours and arms


Monument in Schwerin, by Hugo Berwald



Alexandrine's ancestors in three generations

16. Frederick William I of Prussia
8. Prince Augustus William of Prussia
17. Sophia Dorothea of Hanover
4. Frederick William II of Prussia
18. Ferdinand Albert II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
9. Duchess Louise Amalie of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
19. Duchess Antoinette of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
2. Frederick William III of Prussia
20. Louis VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
10. Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
21. Countess Charlotte of Hanau-Lichtenberg
5. Frederika Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt
22. Christian III, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken
11. Countess Palatine Caroline of Zweibrücken
23. Countess Caroline of Nassau-Saarbrücken
1. Princess Alexandrine of Prussia
24. Adolf Frederick II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
12. Charles Louis Frederick, Duke of Mecklenburg-Mirow
25. Princess Christiane Emilie of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
6. Charles II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
26. Ernest Frederick I, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen
13. Princess Elizabeth Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen
27. Countess Sophia Albertine of Erbach-Erbach
3. Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
28. Louis VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (= 20)
14. Landgrave George William of Hesse-Darmstadt
29. Countess Charlotte of Hanau-Lichtenberg (= 21)
7. Landgravine Friederike Caroline Luise of Hesse-Darmstadt
30. Count Christian Karl Reinhard of Leiningen-Dachsburg-Falkenburg-Heidesheim
15. Maria Louise Albertine of Leiningen-Falkenburg-Dagsburg
31. Countess Katharina Polyxena of Solms-Rödelheim
Princess Alexandrine of Prussia (1803–1892)
Born: 23 February 1803 Died: 21 April 1892
German royalty
Title last held by
Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
as Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Grand Duchess consort of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
1 February 1837 7 March 1842
Title next held by
Princess Augusta Reuss of Köstritz

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