TDISH: A Tragic Duchess

June 14, 1894 was the birthday of Marie-Adélaïde, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg – a very interesting figure in the history of the Duchy.  She became ruler of the small country in 1912 – the first female ruler since Maria Theresa in 1740.  Marie-Adélaïde’s life was to be tragically short and complicated.  Her country was invaded by German forces in the early days of the Great War in 1914.  Her people became quite upset with her rule during her country’s occupation. The common perception was that she was too close to the Germans.  In 1919 she was overthrown by her people and replaced by her younger sister, Charlotte.  Marie-Adélaïde left the Duchy and joined a convent in Italy, but her stay was to be short-lived.  She died on pneumonia at 29 years old in 1924.

Sources:
Featured Image: “Marie-Adélaïde.” By Bain News Service, publisher – This image is available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID ggbain.13940. Public Domain.
Donovan, Henry. Chicago Eagle. Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s