Wilhelm Friedrich, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein

Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
Head of the House of Schleswig-Holstein
Predecessor Friedrich Ferdinand
Successor Peter
Born (1891-08-23)23 August 1891
Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia, German Empire
Died 10 February 1965(1965-02-10) (aged 73)
Coburg, Bavaria, West Germany
Spouse Princess Marie Melita of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (m. 1916)
Issue Hans Albrecht, Hereditary Prince of Schleswig-Holstein
Prince Wilhelm Alfred
Peter, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
Princess Marie Alexandra
Full name
William Frederick Christian Gunther Albert Adolf George
German: Wilhelm Friedrich Christian Günther Albert Adolf Georg
House Glücksburg
Father Friedrich Ferdinand, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
Mother Princess Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg

Friedrich, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, since 1931 of Schleswig-Holstein (23 August 1891 10 February 1965) was the Duke of Schleswig-Holstein and Head of the House of Oldenburg from 21 January 1934 until his death on 10 February 1965.[1][2]

Early life

Friedrich's birthplace Grünholz Manor, photographed in 2010.

Prince Friedrich was born on 23 August 1891 at Grünholz Manor in Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia as the fifth child and only son of Frederick Ferdinand, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderbug-Glücksburg and his wife Princess Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg.[1][2]

Prince Friedrich's father was the eldest son of Friedrich, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and a nephew of Christian IX of Denmark. Upon the death of his father in 1885, he had succeeded to the headship of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and the title of duke.[1][2]


Friedrich married his second cousin, Princess Marie Melita of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, daughter of Ernst II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and his wife Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, on 5 February 1916 at Coburg. Friedrich and Marie Melita had four children.[1][2]

Later life

When the Head of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg Albert, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein died on 27 April 1931, Friedrich's father Friedrich Ferdinand became the Head of the House of Oldenburg and inherited the title of Duke of Schleswig-Holstein.[1][2]

On 21 January 1934, Duke Friedrich Ferdinand died, and Friedrich became head of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.[1][2]

Duke Friedrich died on 10 February 1965 in Coburg, Bavaria, West Germany.[1][2]


Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles



  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Darryl Lundy (31 January 2004). "Wilhelm Friedrich Herzog zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg". thePeerage.com. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Paul Theroff. "SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
Wilhelm Friedrich, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 23 August 1891 Died: 10 February 1965
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Friedrich Ferdinand
Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
21 January 193410 February 1965
Reason for succession failure:
abolition of "Standesherren" in 1918
Succeeded by
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