Princess Augusta Reuss of Köstritz

Princess Augusta

Princess Augusta in 1856 painted by Friedrich Kaulbach
Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Tenure 3 November 1849 – 3 March 1862
Born (1822-05-26)26 May 1822
Klipphausen, Kingdom of Saxony
Died 3 March 1862(1862-03-03) (aged 39)
Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Burial Schwerin Castle
Spouse Frederick Francis II
Issue Frederick Francis III
Duke Paul Frederick
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia
Duke Nikolaus
Duke John Albert
Duke Alexander
Full name
House Reuss Junior Line
Father Heinrich LXIII, Prince Reuss of Köstritz
Mother Countess Eleonore of Stolberg-Wernigerode

Princess Augusta Reuss of Köstritz (Auguste Reuss; 26 May 1822 – 3 March 1862) was the consort and first wife of Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

Early life

Princess Augusta, third child and second daughter of Prince Heinrich LXIII Reuss-Köstritz, and his first wife, Countess Eleonore of Stolberg-Wernigerode, was born at Klipphausen, Kingdom of Saxony.[1]

Her family belonged to the Junior line of the House of Reuss.


On 3 November 1849 in Ludwigslust, Augusta married Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin son of Paul Frederick, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.[1] Together they had six children.[2]


Augusta Memorial at Schwerin.

Augusta's early death raised some questions in the court. It was said that Augusta died of "bronchial problems associated with heart disease".[3] One biographer said, she died of a type of fever.[4]

Augusta was buried in the gardens of Schwerin Castle and by 1905 a memorial portrait was built by sculptor Wilhelm Wandschneider.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles



  1. 1 2 C. Arnold McNaughton, The Book of Kings, volume 1, page 415.
  2. C. Arnold McNaughton, The Book of Kings, volume 1, page 416.
  3. Jürgen Bochert, "Mecklenburgs Großherzöge" (1992).
  4. Ludwig von Hirschfield,"Friedrich Franz II vom Meckl.-Schwerin und seine Vorgänger", Leipzig (1891).
  5. Kneschke, E.H. (1861). Neues allgemeines Deutsches adels-lexicon: im vereine mit mehreren historikern. F. Voight. p. 503. Retrieved 2014-11-17.
  6. Biedermann, J.G. (1748). Geschlechtsregister des Hochadelichen Patriciats zu Nürnberg. Dietzel. Retrieved 2014-11-17.
Princess Augusta Reuss of Köstritz
Cadet branch of the House of Reuss
Born: 26 May 1822 Died: 3 March 1862
German royalty
Title last held by
Princess Alexandrine of Prussia
Grand Duchess consort of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
3 November 1849 – 3 March 1862
Title next held by
Princess Anna of Hesse and by Rhine
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