Princess Louise was born on March 10, 1776 in Hanover, Germany, the daughter of Prince Charles of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Early in 1792, when Louise was 16, her uncle, hoping to strengthen the ties between his family and the Prussian royal family, carefully plotted a meeting between Louise and Crown Prince Frederick William III. The plan worked, and they married. The Prince became King when his father died in 1797, and the beautiful and family-oriented Louise saw it as her duty to support her husband in all his endeavors. Meanwhile, the nation was charmed by the young Queen's grace, beauty, and wit. Historians have commented that Queen Louise was Prussian nationalism personified.
This lovely transfer portrait plate of Queen Louise, circa 1900, is based on a portrait by Gustav Karl Ludwig. The rich brown wide border is decorated with gilt motifs while the center features the transfer image of Louise. The plate measures 7 1/2" across and is stamped with the "Eagle over C T" mark as well as "Germany", designating Carl Tielsch & Co., used between 1877-1917. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; some gilt wear in the area about the Queen's head.
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