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Margot Botha (Frisian Empire)

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Margot Botha of Saxe-Meiningen (28 August 1902 - 22 March 1999) was Princess of Saxe-Meiningen between 1917 and 1938 and through her marriage to Pitter IV of Frisia was Queen of Somalia until 1960, Queen regent of the Frisian Empire and later the Kingdom of Frisian States until Pitter's death in 1962 and Stewardess of Papua until 1976. She was renowned for her delicate beauty and also for being the mother of Abich I, King Osnoth II and Edeline, Princess of Iceland.

Life

Margot Botha was the eldest daughter of Otto Webbe, Prince of Saxe-Meiningen and his wife Botha Lucia, Baroness van de Waal. Her family resided in Mogadishu alongside the family of At age 17 Margot Botha became engaged to the future Pitter IV, King of Frisia through negotiations between her ambitious grandfather, Ulrich Randolf of Saxony and Pitter's sister-in-law Dieuwke, Princess of Iceland.

However, the Catholic bride opposed the marriage at first, since it involved her switching to Lutheranism, but finally she gave in and on 1 December 1922, was converted in Groningen. At the time of the wedding, Pitter was fighting for his rights to the Greek throne against the Danish-born King Photios of Greece, so he was living in Larissa. Margot Botha arrived in Greece in February 1923 and married Charles on 1 August 1708 in the Cathedral of St. Achillius, Larissa.

When her husband left for Rotterdam to take possession of the imperial crown in 1925 he left Margot Botha behind in Larissa, appointing her as Governor General of Thessaly during his absence. She wisely ruled Thelassy alone until 1928, when she had to leave Larissa and join her husband in Rotterdam.

Later, they had two children who survived infancy - Abich I, King Osnoth II and Edeline, Princess of Iceland. In November 1998 during a meal at the Frisian Embassy in Japan, she experienced stomach pains and a local physician diagnosed her with indigestion. On 13 January 1999 she was diagnosed with uterine cancer at the Royal Infirmary in Frisia. By this time, the cancer had spread to her ovaries and she died two months later in Rotterdam.

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