Dorothea von Salviati
|Birthplace:||Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Death:||Died in Bad Godesberg, Nordrhein-Westfahlen, Deutschland|
|Place of Burial:||Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland|
Daughter of Alexander Hermann Heinrich August von Salviati and Helene von Salviati
|Managed by:||Hannelore Caulk Scheu|
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While students at Bonn, Dorothea and Prince Wilhelm fell in love with each other. However, the prince’s grandfather did not approve of the marriage of a member of the minor nobility with the Heir-Presumptive to the German Throne. At the time, the former Kaiser still believed in the possibility of a Hohenzollern restoration, and he would not permit his grandson to make an unequal marriage. William told his grandson: "Remember, there is every possible form of horse. We are thoroughbreds, however, and when we conclude a marriage such as with Fräulein von Salviati, it produces mongrels, and that cannot be allowed to happen."
However, Wilhelm was determined to marry Dorothea. He renounced any rights to the succession for himself and his future children in 1933. Wilhelm and Dorothea married on 3 June 1933 in Bonn. They had two daughters. In 1940, the marriage was recognised as dynastic and the girls were given the title and style of Princesses of Prussia.
* HRH Princess Felicitas Cecilie Alexandrine Helene Dorothea of Prussia, (7 June 1934–1 August 2009), was fifth in the line of first-born children that started with Queen Victoria's eldest child, Victoria, Princess Royal. This line has continued with Felicitas' own eldest daughter, Friederike von der Osten, and her daughter, Felicitas von Reiche. * HRH Princess Christa Friederike Alexandrine Viktoria of Prussia, born 31 October 1936 at Schloß Klein-Obisch, near Głogów, who married Peter Paul Eduard Maria Clemens Maximilian Franz von Assis Liebes (born 18 January 1926 in Munich and died 5 May 1967 in Bonn).
After her husband’s death on 26 May 1940 during the invasion of France, she led a quiet life and died in Bad Godesberg, Bonn on 7 May 1972.