William, Duke of Nassau


The Duke of Nassau
Duke of Nassau
Reign 24 March 1816 – 20 August 1839
Predecessor Frederick Augustus
Successor Adolf
Prince of Nassau-Weilburg
Reign 9 January 1816 – 24 March 1816
Predecessor Frederick William
Successor None. Incorporated into the Duchy of Nassau
Born (1792-06-14)June 14, 1792
Kirchheimbolanden, Principality of Nassau-Weilburg
Died August 20, 1839(1839-08-20) (aged 47)
Kissingen, Kingdom of Bavaria
Burial Schlosskirche, Weilburg[1]
Spouse Princess Louise of Saxe-Hildburghausen
Princess Pauline of Württemberg
Issue Therese, Duchess of Oldenburg
Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Marie, Princess of Wied
Helena, Princess of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Prince Nikolaus
Sophia, Queen of Sweden and Norway
Full name
Georg Wilhelm August Heinrich Belgicus
House Nassau-Weilburg
Father Frederick William, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg
Mother Burgravine Louise Isabelle of Kirchberg
Religion Calvinism

Wilhelm, Duke of Nassau, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg (Given names: Georg Wilhelm August Heinrich Belgicus zu Nassau-Weilburg/zu Nassau) (14 June 1792, Kirchheimbolanden – 20 August/30 August 1839, Bad Kissingen) was the father of Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Queen Sophia of Sweden and Norway, consort of King Oscar II.


Wilhelm was the eldest son of Frederick William, Duke of Nassau and his wife Burgravine Louise Isabelle of Kirchberg. With the Nassau troops, he was involved on the Seventh Coalition's side in the Battle of Waterloo against Napoleon.

Duke of Nassau

On 9 January 1816, he succeeded his father, Duke Frederick William, as the Prince of Nassau-Weilburg and joint Duke of Nassau with his cousin, Frederick Augustus, of the Nassau-Usingen branch of his family. When his cousin and co-Duke died on 24 March 1816, Wilhelm inherited the Usingen territories and became sole ruler of the Duchy of Nassau. He kept the title of Duke of Nassau for the rest of his reign.

Marriages and children

On 24 June 1813 in Weilburg, Wilhelm married his first wife, Princess Louise of Saxe-Hildburghausen (28 January 1794 Hildburghausen, Thüringen - 6 April 1825, Biebrich or Weilburg). She was a daughter of Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg (who, until 1826, had been the last Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen) and his wife, Duchess Charlotte Georgine of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. They had eight children:

Wilhelm married, as his second wife, his first wife's niece, Princess Pauline of Württemberg (Stuttgart, 25 February 1810 - Wiesbaden, 7 July 1856) on 23 April 1829 in Stuttgart. Pauline was a daughter of Prince Paul of Württemberg and his wife Charlotte of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

Wilhelm and Pauline had four children:

Titles and styles



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  2. Theroff, Paul. "Princely House of Wied". www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/ (Paul Theroff’s Royal Genealogy Site). []
William, Duke of Nassau
Cadet branch of the House of Nassau
Born: June 14 1792 Died: August 20 1839
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Frederick William
Prince of Nassau-Weilburg
Succeeded by
Incorporated into the Duchy of Nassau
Preceded by
Frederick Augustus
Duke of Nassau
Succeeded by
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