Princess Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg

Princess Karoline Mathilde
Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein
Tenure 27 April 1931 – 20 February 1932
Predecessor Princess Adelheid of Schaumburg-Lippe
Successor Herself as Duchess consort of Schleswig-Holstein
Born (1860-01-25)25 January 1860
Augustenborg, Jutland, Denmark
Died 20 February 1932(1932-02-20) (aged 72)
Grünholz, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Spouse Friedrich Ferdinand, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
Issue Victoria Adelaide, Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Alexandra Victoria, Princess August Wilhelm of Prussia
Helena Adelaide, Princess Harald of Denmark
Adelaide, Princess of Solms-Baruth
Wilhelm Friedrich, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
Karoline Mathilde, Countess Hans of Solms-Baruth
Full name
German: Viktoria Friederike Auguste Marie Karoline Mathilde
House Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
Father Frederick VIII, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
Mother Princess Adelheid of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

Princess Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (25 January 1860, in Augustenborg, Jutland, Denmark 20 February 1932, in Grünholz, Schleswig Holstein, Germany) was the second-eldest daughter of Frederick VIII, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein and his wife Princess Adelheid of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.


Karoline Mathilde's elder sister, Augusta Viktoria was German Empress and Queen of Prussia as the wife of Wilhelm II, German Emperor. Karoline Mathilde was Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and later Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein as the wife of Friedrich Ferdinand.

Marriage and issue

Karoline Mathilde married Friedrich Ferdinand, the eldest son of Friedrich, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and Princess Adelheid of Schaumburg-Lippe and a nephew of Christian IX of Denmark, on 19 March 1885 at Primkenau. Friedrich Ferdinand and Karoline Mathilde had six children:

After the overthrow of the Hohenzollern dynasty at the end of World War I, Karoline and her family lived quietly, seldom seen outside Grünholz Castle.[1]

Karoline died on 20 February 1932, aged 72, at their castle. A few years previously, she had suffered an attack of heart disease and never completely recovered. Her husband was the only family member present on her deathbed.[1]

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles



  1. 1 2 "Princess Karoline Dies at 72 in Germany", The New York Times, 21 February 1932
Princess Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 25 January 1860 Died: 20 February 1932
German nobility
Preceded by
Adelheid of Schaumburg-Lippe
Duchess consort of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
27 November 1885–27 April 1931
Succeeded by
Herself as Duchess consort of Schleswig-Holstein
Titles in pretence
Title last held by
Dorothea of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Duchess consort of Schleswig-Holstein
27 April 1931–20 February 1932
Reason for succession failure:
Duchy annexed by Prussia in 1866
Succeeded by
Marie Melita of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

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