07.09.

1817: Princess Louise of Hesse-Kassel – the “Grandmother of Europe”

1817: Princess Louise of Hesse-Kassel – the “Grandmother of Europe”
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  • Historical event:
  • 7 September 1817
  • Her four grandsons became kings of four different countries (Britain, Denmark, Norway and Greece). Namely, one of her grandsons, Nicholas II, was the last reigning emperor of Russia.

Princess Louise of Hesse-Kassel, the “Grandmother of Europe”, was born on this day in 1817.

Her descendants became kings of different countries, so her “impact” is similar to the impact of the famous Queen Victoria.

Louise of Hesse-Kassel married the Danish King Christian IX, and held the title of Danish queen.

She gave birth to six children. Her two sons became kings, and her two daughters became queens and empresses. One of her sons became King of Denmark, and another became King of Greece.

Furthermore, Louise’s daughter became Empress of Russia (she also held the title of Queen of Poland), and her son was the last reigning Russian Tsar Nicholas II.

She also had a daughter who became Queen of Great Britain (the world’s largest colonial power at the time), and Empress of India.

Louise’s grandsons became kings of four different countries (Britain, Denmark, Norway and Greece).

One of her grandsons was Emperor of Russia (the mentioned Nicholas II, who was also King of Poland), and one of her granddaughters became a Norwegian queen.

Therefore, many European rulers are Louise’s descendants. Queen Elizabeth II, and present rulers of Norway, Denmark, Belgium and Spain are also her descendants.

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