Duchess Jutta of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Duchess Jutta of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Duchess Jutta of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Crown Princess of Montenegro
Spouse Danilo, Crown Prince of Montenegro
House House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
House of Petrović-Njegoš
Father Adolf Friedrich V, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Mother Princess Elisabeth of Anhalt
Born 24 January 1880(1880-01-24)
Neustrelitz
Died 17 February 1946(1946-02-17) (aged 66)
Rome

Duchess Jutta of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (Auguste Charlotte Jutta Alexandra Georgina Adophine; 24 January 1880 – 17 February 1946) was a member of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and the consort of Crown Prince Danilo of Montenegro.

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Early life and marriage

Duchess Auguste Charlotte Jutta Alexandra Georgina Adolphine of Mecklenburg was born in Neustrelitz, the youngest daughter of the then Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Adolf Friedrich and his wife Princess Elisabeth of Anhalt.[1] Along with her sister Marie, Jutta was raised by governesses and had little contact with her parents.[1] The atmosphere of Erbgrossherzog Palace was noted for its rigor and need for etiquette.[1] A scandal broke out when her 19-year old sister became pregnant by a palace servant.[1]

Through the influence of the German Emperor, William II, her marriage to the heir apparent of Montenegro Prince Danilo was arranged.[2] Hours after her arrival at Antivari in Montenegro she converted to the Orthodox faith. She was accompanied by her future brother in law the Crown Prince of Italy, Victor Emmanuel as she made her way to Cetinje for her wedding.[3] She married Prince Danilo on 27 July 1899. After her marriage and conversion to Orthodoxy she took the name Militza.

World War I and later life

During the First World War, Montenegro fought against the Central Powers which included the country of her birth, the German Empire. These links did not stop her from being a target; the villa in Antivari where she was staying was bombed by Austrian aircraft.[4] After the war, the Royal Family established a government in exile after Montenegro was incorporated into the new Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. Her father-in-law King Nicholas I died on 1 March 1921 and her husband succeeded as titular King of Montenegro. He only held the position for a week before abdicating in favour of his nephew Michael.

Jutta spent the rest of her life in exile. She and her husband lived in France where Danilo died in 1939. Jutta died in Rome where her brother-in-law King Victor Emmanuel III reigned.[5]

Ancestors

References

  1. ^ a b c d Pope-Hennessy, p. 340-341.
  2. ^ The Near East from Within. Adamant Media Corporation. 2002. pp. 202. ISBN 1402197241. 
  3. ^ Willets, Gilson (2004). Rulers of the World at Home. Kessinger Publishing. pp. 306. ISBN 1417917393. 
  4. ^ "Danilo's Villa Wrecked". New York Times. 1914-11-16. pp. 3. 
  5. ^ "Prince Umberto's Aunt Dies". New York Times. 1946-02-19. pp. 25. 

Sources

  • Pope-Hennessy, James (1959). Queen Mary 1867-1953. London: George Allen and Unwin Unlimited. ISBN 0049230255. 

See also

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