Sunday, August 29, 2021

55 Years Since the Passing of the Last Queen of Portugal

A Hohenzollern gathering at Burg Hohenzollern in 1961.
Front row: Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia, Fürstin Margarete of Hohenzollern, Countess Augusta Victoria Douglas, and Princess Xenia of Prussia.

On 29 August 1966, Countess Augusta Victoria Douglas (née Princess of Hohenzollern; former Queen of Portugal) died at Eigeltingen, Baden-Württemberg. She was seventy-six years-old.

Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and her only daughter Princess Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern, 1890.
Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies holding her twin sons Prince Friedrich and Prince Franz Joseph of Hohenzollern while her husband Hereditary Prince Wilhelm of Hohenzollern holds their daughter Princess Augusta Victoria, 1901.

Born on 19 August 1890 at Potsdam, Princess Auguste Viktoria Wilhelmine Antonie Mathilde Ludovika Josephine Maria Elisabeth of Hohenzollern was the first child and only daughter of Fürst Wilhelm of Hohenzollern (1864-1927) and his first wife Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1867-1909). Often known as Augusta Victoria, the princess had two younger brothers, who were twins: Fürst Friedrich of Hohenzollern (1891-1965; married Princess Margarete of Saxony) and Prince Franz Joseph of Hohenzollern (1891-1964; married Princess Maria Alix of Saxony). 

King Manuel II of Portugal and Princess Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern on their wedding day, 1913.
Queen Augusta Victoria of Portugal and Queen Amélie of Portugal attend the funeral mass for King Manuel II in London, 1932.
Photo (c) Smith Archive / Alamy Stock Photo.
On 9 September 1913, Princess Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern married King Manuel II of Portugal (1889-1932) at Schloss Sigmaringen, the bride's childhood home. The couple were second cousins; both being descendants of Queen Maria II of Portugal. Augusta Victoria and Manuel had a happy marriage. However, the king and queen did not have children. Aged forty-two, King Manuel II of Portugal died on 2 July 1932 at Fulwell, Middlesex, England.

Queen Victoria Augusta of Portugal and her second husband Count Robert Douglas, 1939.
Photo (c) AP / Shutterstock.
On 23 April 1939, Queen Dowager Augusta Victoria of Portugal married Count Robert Douglas (1880-1955), the son of Count Ludvig Douglas and Countess Anna Louise Ehrensvärd. Robert was married from 1906 until their 1938 divorce to Sophia de Fine Blaauw (1886-1971). The couple were third cousins twice removed; both being descendants of Grand Duke Karl Friedrich of Baden. Aged seventy-five, Count Robert Douglas died on 26 August 1955 at Langenstein. 

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