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Helene of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Posted by Johan
on 2/6/2018, 23:09:46, in reply to "Portugal
Louis Philippe had trouble finding a court that would agree to marry of a daughter to his oldest son and heir Ferdinand. Several inquiries were made and the requirement for a Catholic bride was given up as even plenty of protestant monarchs did not want their daughters marrying the French heir.
Wilhelm I of Wurttemberg had 4 daughters as well as several other young women in his family to marry off. Yet when Otto I of Greece wanted a Queen with the name Sophie and visited Stuttgart he found that the king had sent his two oldest daughters who were of marriageable age away. Ferdinand suffered a similar fate.
So it seems that of all the Latin countries, this was the only one known to frequently intermarry with German houses. Not that it didn't happen with the French, Spanish, and Italian royals, but that it happened far less frequently. I see that the Braganzas of Portugal and Brazil married members of the houses of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Kohary), Loewenstein, Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, Leuchtenberg, Wittelsbach, and Nassau-Weilburg. The most important thing was that they were Catholics of *equal* birth.
I don't know why the Spanish royals didn't marry German royals, excepting the Bavarians ... A French pretender married Duchess Helena of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, but that seems to have been an exception. But Bourbon-Two Sicilies (whatever might be said about Bourbon-Parma) regularly married German and Austrian royals.
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