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I totally forgot about her; but the mother of Great Britain's Queen Victoria, like her famous daughter, also had a long widowhood. Princess Viktoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld was widowed twice within six years. After the death in 1820 of her second husband (Prince Edward of the UK, the Duke of Kent), however, she never remarried. She died 41 years later, in 1861.
Isabella of France was the wife of King Edward II of England. He did in 1327 and she died in 1358 a difference of 31 years
Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, youngest daughter of Queen Victoria married Prince Henry of Battenberg. He died in 1896 and she died in 1944 a difference of 48 years.
The reason I went beyond the 200 year mark was because it is difficult to find a widow of 30+ years in that timeframe. Plus you mentioned many of them in your original post.
That Princess Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont was widowed early was no surprise, since she married (as his second wife) King Willem III of the Netherlands, who was more than 40 years her senior. The same could be said of her sister Helen, who married Prince Leopold of the United Kingdom, Duke of Albany -- the hemophilic youngest son of Queen Victoria. Although both widows were young enough to catch new husbands, neither remarried. As such, they had long widowhoods (44 and 38 years, respectively).
Emma's Spanish counterpart, who was born Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria and became the second queen consort of King Alfonso XII, was also widowed early and found herself serving as regent for a minor sovereign. Her widowhood also lasted 44 years.
Other notable examples of long widowhoods are those of Great Britain's Queen Victoria (39 years) and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (50 years); Infanta Antonia of Portugal (52 years), second wife of Duke Roberto of Parma; Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma (67 years), the last empress of Austria; and Princess Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (43 years), wife of Dom Miguel of Portugal.
Can anybody name additional examples of notable royal women in the last 200 years, who were longtime widows (at least 30 years)?
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- Long-term widows - Jane 27/10/2022, 5:04:30
- Re: Long-term widows - William F 27/10/2022, 5:44:17
- Re: Long-term widows - William F 27/10/2022, 6:14:40
- The Duchess of Kent - Jane 28/10/2022, 5:12:42
- Re: Long-term widows - William F 27/10/2022, 7:06:57
- Re: Long-term widows - manuel 27/10/2022, 19:05:55
- Re: Long-term widows - José 28/10/2022, 0:05:16
- Re: Long-term widows - José 28/10/2022, 15:18:31
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