Adolphus Frederick III, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Adolphus Frederick III (7 June 1686 – 11 December 1752) was a Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
|Adolphus Frederick III|
|Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz|
|Reign||12 May 1708 - 11 December 1752|
|Predecessor||Adolphus Frederick II|
|Successor||Adolphus Frederick IV|
|Born||7 June 1686|
|Died||11 December 1752 (aged 66)|
Princess Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön
|Father||Adolphus Frederick II, Duke of Mecklenburg|
|Mother||Duchess Maria of Mecklenburg-Güstrow|
He was born in Strelitz the son of Adolphus Frederick II, Duke of Mecklenburg, and his wife Princess Maria of Mecklenburg-Güstrow (1659–1701). His father founded the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in 1701 after reaching an agreement with the Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
He succeeded his father as Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz on 12 May 1708. In 1712 the ducal family’s castle and the town of Strelitz burnt down. Because of this Adolphus Frederick and his family were forced to live in their hunting lodge. Around this place the new town of Neustrelitz was constructed. In 1733 he founded the new city, which became the official capital of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in 1736.
Marriage and childrenEdit
Adolphus Frederick was married to Princess Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön (daughter of John Adolphus, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön) on 16 April 1709 at Reinfeld. They had two children:
- Duchess Marie Sofia (1710–1728)
- Duchess Madalena Cristina (1711–1713)
- Marek, Miroslav. "House of Mecklenburg genealogy". Genealogy.EU.