Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Meiningen

Princess Charlotte
Duchess of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Born (1751-09-11)11 September 1751
Frankfurt am Main, Free Imperial City of Frankfurt, Holy Roman Empire
Died 25 April 1827(1827-04-25) (aged 75)
Genoa, Kingdom of Sardinia
Spouse Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Issue Ernest, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Frederick IV
Prince Ludwig
Full name
German: Marie Charlotte Amalie Ernestine Wilhelmine Philippine
House Saxe-Meiningen
Father Anton Ulrich, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
Mother Landgravine Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Philippsthal

Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Meiningen (German: Marie Charlotte Amalie Ernestine Wilhelmine Philippine, Prinzessin von Sachsen-Meiningen) (11 September 1751, Frankfurt am Main, Free Imperial City of Frankfurt, Holy Roman Empire 25 April 1827, Genoa, Kingdom of Sardinia) was a member of the House of Saxe-Meiningen and a Princess of Saxe-Meiningen by birth and a member of the House of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg and Duchess consort of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg through her marriage to Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg.


Charlotte was the eldest child and daughter of Anton Ulrich, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen and his second wife, Landgravine Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Philippsthal. Charlotte was an elder sister of Charles William, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen and George I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen.


Charlotte married Ernest, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (later Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg), son of Frederick III, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg and his wife Luise Dorothea of Saxe-Meiningen, on 21 March 1769 in Meiningen. Charlotte and Ernest had four children:

  1. Ernest, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (b. Gotha, 27 February 1770 – d. Gotha, 3 December 1779).
  2. Augustus, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (b. Gotha, 23 November 1772 – d. Gotha, 27 May 1822)
  3. Frederick IV, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (b. Gotha, 28 November 1774 – d. Gotha, 11 February 1825).
  4. Prince Ludwig of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (b. Gotha, 21 October 1777 – d. Gotha, 26 October 1777).

Charlotte's husband, Ernest, was regarded as an enlightened monarch and a great patron of art and science, who led his country into a cultural flowering. He was assisted in his cultural undertakings by his wife, Charlotte.

Like her husband, Charlotte was a patron of astronomy. She counted relief panels for the court astronomer Franz Xaver von Zach and she also participated in observations. Charlotte also participated in the First European Astronomy Congress in 1798 at the Seeberg Observatory and independently corresponded with the leading astronomers of her time.

Later life

After her husband's death in 1804, there were difficulties with Charlotte's son, Augustus, upon his succession. Charlotte left Gotha with Zach and spent some time in Eisenberg. Later she traveled with Zach throughout southern Europe and lived several years in Marseilles, and later in Genoa, where she died in 1827.

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Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Meiningen
Cadet branch of the House of Wettin
Born: 11 September 1751 Died: 25 April 1827
German nobility
Preceded by
Luise Dorothea of Saxe-Meiningen
Duchess consort of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
10 March 1772 – 20 April 1804
Succeeded by
Karoline Amalie of Hesse-Kassel
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