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Willem Frederik Karel, prince of the Netherlands, was the son of king
Willem I and Wilhelmina of Prussia (1797-1881). He married Louise of Prussia
in 1825 (and was colloquially known as "Fritz", because he was born in
the room of Frederick the Great of Prussia.) When his father abdicated
in 1840 Fritz renounced all public duties. However he was promoted to Fieldmarshal
in 1840, and was a mediator in nearly all family quarrels of the oranges
after that. He had two children: Frederik (died 1846) and Wilhelmina Frederika
Anna Elisabeth Maria, Princess of Oranje-Nassau (1831-1910). A nice girl,
but not attractive enough to become Queen of England, and deaf. She married
the Count von Wied. Wilhelm von Wied was prepared for the position of Consort
to the Queen of the Netherlands (or the position of King), as Marie's relatives
swiftly disappeared because of incest and a rather licentious lifestyle.
While her father, Fritz, was the godfather of Wilhelmina, Marie was present
at the baptism of Juliana in 1909. That was the moment on which she was
robbed of the Dutch crown. In 1922 it was decided by the Dutch government,
that only descendants of Wilhelmina were entitled to rule the Netherlands.
Her second son, Willem, was in 1914 for a few months Prince of Albania.
Source: "Oranje-Nassau, een biografisch woordenboek", by Reinilda van Ditzhuyzen, 1998.
Jarig Bakker, 25 Mar 2004