Julie von Voss

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Julie Amalie Elisabeth von Voss (24 July 1766, Buch (Berlin) – 25 March 1789) was a German lady-in-waiting and a bigamous morganatic spouse of King Frederick William II of Prussia.

Julie von Voss
Countess Ingenheim
Julie von Voss, Gräfin Ingenheim.jpg
Julie von Voß, Gräfin Ingenheim, um 1785
Born(1766-07-24)24 July 1766
Died25 March 1789(1789-03-25) (aged 22)
Spouse
(m. 1787)
FatherFriedrich Christian von Voss
MotherAmalia Ottilia av Vieregg

LifeEdit

She was the daughter of Friedrich Christian von Voss and Amalia Ottilia von Vieregg. Her uncle was chamberlain to the queen dowager. In 1783, she became lady-in-waiting to the Prussian queen, Frederika Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt.

She was nicknamed "Miss Bessy" at court as an anglophile, not regarded beautiful or clever, but fascinated the king by refusing his advances.[1] She was persuaded to "sacrifice herself for the country" and accept the king by her relative Count Finckenstein, who wished to replace Wilhelmine von Lichtenau, with the argument that she would be able to save the king from the bad company of his circle.[1] She accepted on condition that the queen's consent should be gained to a left-handed marriage with the King to ease her conscience.[1]

Julie was married to Frederick in a ceremony in the chapel of Charlottenburg Palace on 7 April 1787. She was given the title Countess Ingenheim. She was reportedly not happy about her new circumstances, always treated the queen with gentle respect and never tried to take on the role of queen.[1]

Julie died of consumption.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Atkinson, Emma Willsher: Memoirs of the queens of Prussia, London : W. Kent
  • Theodor Fontane: Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg. Band 4 (Spreeland) „Rechts der Spree“ – Buch: Julie von Voß