Birth: 3 May 1839
Place or Registered Place of Birth: Castle of Peuchau, Saxony, Germany
Baptism: Not Known
Place of Baptism: Not Known
Death: 11 October 1929
Place or Registered Place of Death: Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Father: Charles Frederick Antony de Hohenthal
Mother: Not Known
Spouse(s): Augustus Berkeley Paget
Date of Marriage: 20 October 1860
Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Copenhagen, Denmark
Walburga Ehrengarde Helena, Lady Paget (née Hohenthal; 1839 - 1929) was born in Berlin, Germany and was a diarist, writer and an intimate friend of Queen Victoria. The daughter of Charles Frederic Anthony, Count von Hohenthal, Paget married Sir Augustus Berkeley Paget (1823-1896), British ambassador to Copenhagen in 1860 and later British Ambassador in Rome and Vienna. Lady Paget before her marriage had been a lady-in-waiting to the newly married Prussian Crown Princess. After her husband's posting to Copenhagen, Paget was instrumental in helping Queen Victoria to arrange the marriage of the Prince of Wales, Edward VII, to Princess Alexandra of Denmark. The Pagets had three children; William Frederick Augustus Paget (1861 - 1927), Alberta Victoria Sarah Caroline Paget (1863 - 1944), and Ralph Spencer Paget (1864 - 1940).
Walburga Paget died of burns after falling asleep by the fire at her home Unlawater House, Newnham on Severn, England, at the age of 90.
In the Small Library of Unlawater House, Newnham-on-Severn, sat one of the grandest old ladies in England last week, Walburga Ehrengarde Helena Lady Paget, 90, the last of Queen Victoria's intimate friends. Born in Berlin, daughter of Charles Frederic Anthony, Count de Hohenthal, she married Sir Augustus Berkeley Paget, British Minister to Copenhagen in 1860. In 1860 she helped Queen Victoria arrange the marriage of the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, to Princess Alexandra of Denmark. In 1928 she published her memoirs, The Linings of Life.
Nodding over her newspaper in the Small Library of Unlawater House, Lady Paget lapsed gently into sleep. The newspaper slipped from her fingers, lodged against the blazing coal grate. With a start she woke to find both the newspaper and her skirts aflame. Unable to rise unassisted, she rang for her butler.
Swift to respond as usual, the butler arrived in time to tear the skirts off Walburga Lady Paget before her upper clothing caught fire. When he finished stamping out the flames he found that she had swooned. She was removed to Wooton Hospital. There, a few hours later, she died.
Walburga Ehrengarde Helena de Hohenthal