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Princess Magdalena Reuss of Köstritz

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Princess Magdalena
Princess Hubertus of Prussia
Born(1920-08-20)20 August 1920
Leipzig, Weimar Republic
Died10 October 2009(2009-10-10) (aged 89)
Löwenstein Castle, Kleinheubach, Germany
SpousePrince Hubertus of Prussia
IssueAnastasia, Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
Princess Marie Christine
German: Magdalene Pauline
HouseReuss Younger Line
FatherPrince Heinrich XXXVI Reuss of Köstritz
MotherPrincess Hermine of Schönburg-Waldenburg

Princess Magdalena Reuss of Köstritz (20 August 1920 - 10 October 2009) was the wife of Prince Hubertus of Prussia. By birth she was a member of the House of Reuss and by marriage member of the House of Prussia.

Early life

Born on 20 Aug 1920, Leipzig, Germany as the eldest daughter of Prince Heinrich XXXVI Reuss of Schleiz-Köstritz (1888-1956) and his wife, Princess Hermine of Schönburg-Waldenburg (1899-1982). She had one younger sister Princess Caroline (1923-2010), who married Count Alfred of Wedel-Jarlsberg (1895-1973).

Marriage and issue

On 5 June 1943 at Schloss Prillwitz in Potsdam, Magdalena married Prince Hubertus of Prussia, a younger son of William, German Crown Prince and Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. He had previously been married to Baroness Maria Anna Sybilla Margaretha von Humboldt-Dachröden (1916-2003), whom he divorced the year he married Magdalena. They had two daughters:

The couple settled briefly in Silesia but were forced to flee west with their infant daughter Anastasia from the advancing Red Army. Hubertus found work managing several wineries in 1947, and the couple had their second daughter that same year. Hubertus moved to south-western Africa in 1950 to begin a new life as a sheep farmer; he chose to leave because it "was a haven of rest far distant from the political turmoil in Germany". Magdalena and their two daughters planned to join him in Windhoek in the summer of that year. Hubertus caught appendicitis and died from peritonitis in April the following year with his wife by his side.[citation needed]

Magdalena moved back to Germany with her two daughters, where she raised them. Anastasia married the Hereditary Prince of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg in 1965, and Marie Christine died the next year in a car accident.[citation needed]

Magdalena died on 10 October 2009 at her daughter Anastasia's home, Castle Löwenstein, Kleinheubach. She was the last surviving daughter-in-law of Crown Prince Wilhelm. Magdalena was buried next to her husband at St. Michaels Bastei, near Burg Hohenzollern.[citation needed]


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