Charles Louis, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck

Charles Louis, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck (German: Karl Ludwig Herzog von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck; 18 September 1690 – 22 September 1774) was a Lieutenant General in the Prussian Army and Governor of Reval (Tallinn) in the Governorate of Estonia.

Charles Louis
Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
Born(1690-09-18)18 September 1690
Died22 September 1774(1774-09-22) (aged 84)
Königsberg, East Prussia, Prussia
SpouseAnna Karolina Orzelska
HouseHouse of Oldenburg
FatherFrederick Louis, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
MotherLouise Charlotte of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg


Charles Louis was born as the second son of Frederick Louis, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck (1653-1728) and his wife, Princess Louise Charlotte of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (1658-1740).


In 1723, he converted to Roman Catholicism. Charles Louis became the titular Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck in 1757 after his nephew Colonel Frederick William III died in the Battle of Prague without leaving a male heir. He was appointed field marshal by Czar Peter III of Russia in 1762, but he refused because of his age.

Marriage and issueEdit

In 1730 he married Countess Anna Karolina Orzelska in Dresden, Electorate of Saxony. She was an illegitimate daughter of August II the Strong, Prince-Elector of Saxony and King of Poland and Grand-Duke of Lithuania, by his French mistress Henriette Rénard. Anna sought divorce after just three years of what proved to be an unhappy arranged marriage. They had one son:

  • Duke Karl Frederick (b. Dresden, 5 January 1732 - d. Strassburg, 21 February 1772), General Major of the Saxon Army; Karl never married and did not have issue


Charles Louis died in 1774 in Königsberg, East Prussia. He was succeeded by Peter August of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck.



  1. ^ Genealogie ascendante jusqu'au quatrieme degre inclusivement de tous les Rois et Princes de maisons souveraines de l'Europe actuellement vivans [Genealogy up to the fourth degree inclusive of all the Kings and Princes of sovereign houses of Europe currently living] (in French). Bourdeaux: Frederic Guillaume Birnstiel. 1768. p. 75.

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Charles Louis, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
Born: 18 September 1690 Died: 22 September 1774
Preceded by Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
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