Prince Alexander of the Netherlands

Prince Alexander
Prince of the Netherlands
Prince of Orange-Nassau
House House of Orange-Nassau
Father William II of the Netherlands
Mother Anna Pavlovna of Russia
Born 2 August 1818(1818-08-02)
Died 20 February 1848 (aged 29)

Prince Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau (William Alexander Frederick Constantine Nicholas Michael, Dutch: Willem Alexander Frederik Constantijn Nicolaas Michiel, Prins der Nederlanden, Prins van Oranje-Nassau; 2 August 1818 – 20 February 1848) was born at Soestdijk Palace, the second son to King William II of The Netherlands and Queen Anna Paulowna, daughter of Tsar Paul I of Russia. He was nicknamed Sasha within his family.

Prince Alexander was an excellent horseman and served as Lieutenant-General and Inspector of the Cavalry, a position he held until his death. The Regiment Huzaren Prins Alexander is named for him.

It was suggested in 1840 that Alexander should eventually marry Isabella II of Spain when she came of age, allowing him to become regent. However, opposition from other crowns and King William’s objection to her religion (she was Catholic) prevented any marriage between the two.

Alexander contracted tuberculosis and for health reasons relocated in November 1847 to the drier climes of Madeira, Portugal, where he died on 20 February 1848 at the age of 29. He is buried in the royal crypt at Nieuwe Kerk in Delft.



Ancestors of Prince Alexander of the Netherlands

16. William IV, Prince of Orange
8. William V, Prince of Orange
17. Anne, Princess Royal
4. William I of the Netherlands
18. Prince Augustus William of Prussia
9. Wilhelmina of Prussia
19. Louise Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg
2. William II of the Netherlands
20. Prince Augustus William of Prussia (= 18)
10. Frederick William II of Prussia
21. Louise Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg (= 19)
5. Wilhelmine of Prussia
22. Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
11. Frederika Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt
23. Caroline of Palantine-Zweibrücken
1. Prince Alexander of the Netherlands
24. Charles Frederick, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp
12. Peter III of Russia
25. Anna Petrovna of Russia
6. Paul I of Russia
26. Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst
13. Catherine II of Russia
27. Johanna Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp
3. Anna Pavlovna of Russia
28. Karl Alexander, Duke of Württemberg
14. Frederick II Eugene, Duke of Württemberg
29. Princess Maria Augusta of Thurn and Taxis
7. Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg
30. Friedrich Wilhelm, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt
15. Friederike Dorothea of Brandenburg-Schwedt
31. Princess Sophia Dorothea of Prussia


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