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Princess Emma of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym


Princess Emma of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym

Princess Emma
Princess of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Emma of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym
Spouse George II, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Issue Augusta, Countess Alfred of Stolberg-Stolberg
Hermine, Princess of Schaumburg-Lippe
George Victor, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
House House of Ascania (birth)
House of Nassau (marriage)
Father Victor II, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym
Mother Amelia of Nassau-Weilburg
Born (1802-05-20)20 May 1802
Schaumburg Castle
Died 1 August 1858(1858-08-01) (aged 56)

Princess Emma of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym (20 May 1802–1 August 1858) was a German princess. She was the Grandmother of the Dutch Queen Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, who was named after her.


  • Life 1
  • Marriage and issue 2
  • Ancestry and descent 3
    • Ancestry 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5
  • Footnotes 6


Emma was one of the four daughters of the prince Victor II, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym (1767–1812) from his marriage to Amelia of Nassau-Weilburg (1776–1841), daughter of Charles Christian, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg. She grew up together with her sisters in Hoym in Anhalt and was carefully educated. Their great-uncle, Frederick, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym, had waived his right of succession in Schaumburg and the County of Holzappel in 1811 in favour of his great-niece, but in 1828 this decision was overruled.[1]

After her husband's death in 1852, she ruled Waldeck and Pyrmont as Regent for her minor son George Victor. Among her first acts was a reform of the Waldeck contingent of the federal army, implemented in 1845 by Prussian officers.[2] The Revolutions of 1848 took place during Emma's reign; in Waldeck they led to a new parliament being convened.[3] Emma's reign has been described as an important phase in the history of Waldeck, with a complete overhaul of the organisation of the state.

The Emma Waterfall in the Gastein Valley was named after her, as was her granddaughter, the Dutch Queen regent Emma. A double thaler issued in 1847 was known as Fat Emma.[4]

Marriage and issue

She married on 26 June 1823 at George II, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1789–1845). The couple had five children:

Ancestry and descent



  • Das Fürstenthum Waldeck-Pyrmont seit 1848, in: Unsere Zeit, F. A. Brockhaus, Leipzig 1862, p. 681 ff Online
  • A. Rauch, Parlamentarisches Taschenbuch enthaltend die Verfassung ..., Erlangen, 1849, (Princess Emma of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym, p. 200, at Google Books)
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Deutsch WorldHeritage.

External links

  • WOMEN IN POWER 1840-1870: 1845-52 Regent Dowager Princess Emma von Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym of Waldeck-Pyrmont. In: Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership.


  1. ^ Christian von Stramberg, Anton Joseph Weidenbach: Denkwürdiger und nützlicher Rheinischer Antiquarius, R. F. Hergt, Koblenz, 1853, p. 322
  2. ^ Ingeborg Schnack: Lebensbilder aus Kurhessen und Waldeck 1830-1930, vol. 20, part 6, N. G. Elwert, Marburg, 1958, p. 366
  3. ^ see Rauch
  4. ^ Dicke Emma. Page at
Princess Emma of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym
Born: 20 May 1802 Died: 1 August 1858
German royalty
Title last held by
Princess Augusta of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
Princess of Waldeck and Pyrmont
26 June 1823 – 15 May 1845
Title next held by
Princess Helena of Nassau
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