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Karl, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
The basics
Date of birth Gottorf Castle, Schleswig, Schleswig-Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein
Date of death Oct 24, 1878 Stiftung Louisenlund, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Mother: Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel
Spouse: Princess Vilhelmine Marie of Denmark
Brother(s): Christian IX of Denmark Prince Julius of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg Friedrich Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Father: Friedrich Wilhelm Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Awards Order of St. Andrew
Authority VIAF id
The details

Karl of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (30 September 1813 at Gottorp in Schleswig, Duchy of Schleswig – 24 October 1878 at Luisenlund, Glücksburg, in Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia) was the second Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg. Karl was the eldest son of Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel and an elder brother of Christian IX of Denmark. Karl became Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg upon his father's death on 27 February 1831.


Karl married Princess Vilhelmine Marie of Denmark, daughter of Frederick VI of Denmark and his wife Marie Sophie of Hesse-Kassel, on 19 May 1838 at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark. Vilhelmine Marie was the former wife of Prince Frederick of Denmark (later Frederick VII of Denmark). He died on 24 October 1878 at age 65 at Luisenlund. Karl and Vilhelmine Marie died without issue. Many believe that she was barren as there no records of her having any miscarriages or stillbirths.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 30 September 1813 – 6 July 1825: His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
  • 6 July 1825 – 17 February 1831: His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
  • 17 February 1831 – 19 December 1863: His Serene Highness The Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
  • 19 December 1863 – 24 October 1878: His Highness The Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg


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