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Friedrich III

  • Birth 25 May 1865 Dresden, Dresdener Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
  • Death 18 Feb 1932
  • Burial Dresden, Dresdener Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
  • Plot Crypt
  • Memorial ID 6532756

Saxon Monarch. Oldest son of King George. He was married to Luise of Tuscany, Archduchess of Austria in 1891 in Vienna. They had seven children together. Luise was as popular as her husband. She loved the people of Saxony but suffered under the strict etiquette at the court and often failed to follow it. Her father in law showed no understanding for her, which made life at the court unbearable for her. After King Alberts death with whom she always had a good relationship, she fled with her children's teacher André Giron from the court in December 1902. He was a loving father and raised his children from this day on alone. He legitimated Anna Pia Monika, the child Luise gave birth to in May 1903, and treated her as one of his own which wasn't a proven fact. The people sympathized with both. The marriage was terminated in 1903. He succeeded his father in 1904. During his reign Saxonys economy and cultural life flourished. Many anecdotes about him survived. His speech during the opening ceremony for a new bridge were only the words: "Let's walk over it." He was known to speak the saxon dialect and not a clear german which made him even more popular. In the beginning of WWI he was for the participation but changed his mind pretty soon. Once he asked a soldier how long he fought in the war already. The soldier answered: "From the very beginning, your majesty." He said: "So you have enough of it, too." During the November Revolution he forbid his soldiers the use of firearms against the revolutionaries. On November 13 he abdicated. He was the only german royalty that only renounced his own rights for the throne, but not his family's rights. The over 800 year lasting reign of House Wettin ended with his abdication. It was the longest time a european house ruled a country. He went to his Castle Sybillenort near Wroclaw in Silesia. He lived there happily until his death. His body was brought back to Dresden where 200.000 people followed the coffin through the city. His popularity is unbroken until today. One can see lit candles and fresh lowers at the sarcophagus all year.

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  • Originally Created by: David Conway
  • Added: 21 Jun 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6532756
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Friedrich III (25 May 1865–18 Feb 1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6532756, citing Kathedrale Saint Trinitatis, Dresden, Dresdener Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany ; Maintained by Find A Grave .