|Birth: ||Oct. 15, 1825|
|Death: ||May 17, 1889|
Marie of Prussia (Marie Friederike Franziska Hedwig von Preußen) (October 15, 1825 - May 17, 1889) was Queen of Bavaria, and the mother of Kings Ludwig II and Otto I. She was the daughter of Prince Wilhelm of Prussia, a younger brother of King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia, and his wife Marie Anna of Hesse-Homburg. On October 12, 1842, she married the Crown Prince, and later King of Bavaria, Maximilian II.
The crown princess, like many other later queens, was loved equally by both the Evangelical and Catholic populations. (At that time, Prussia was mostly Evangelical, whilst Bavaria was mostly Catholic.) A specific emphasis of her 'great social engagement' was a reactivation of the Bavarian Women's Association, which took place on December 18, 1869 with the aid of her son, Ludwig II. Its aim was "Pflege und Unterstützung der im Felde verwundeten und erkrankten Krieger" (Aid and assistance in the field for wounded and diseased soldiers ). The Bavarian Red Cross was officially founded as a result of the Bavarian Women's Association. The Red Cross eventually took over for the Queen.
With the sudden death of Maximilian II on March 10, 1864, she became a widow, and on October 12, 1874, she converted to Catholicism.
In later years, she secluded herself in her country estate in Elbigenalp in the Lechtal Alps and in Schloss Hohenschwangau near Füssen. She was still alive to witness the tragic end of her son, Ludwig II on June 13, 1886, before she died in 1889 in Hohenschwangau.
Marie is entombed in the Theatinerkirche, in Munich, next to her husband.
Biography from wikipedia.org
Maximilian Von Wittelsbach (1811 - 1864)*
Otto Wilhelm Luitpold Adalbert Waldemar Von Wittelsbach (1848 - 1916)*
Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
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