Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (German: Friedrich Wilhelm Paul Leopold; 4 January 1785 – 17 February 1831)[citation needed] inherited the title of Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck as Frederick William IV in 1816. He subsequently changed his title to Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg in 1825 and founded a line that includes the Royal Houses of Denmark, Greece, Norway, and the Commonwealth realms.

Friedrich Wilhelm
Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.jpg
Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
Reign25 March 1816 – 6 July 1825
PredecessorFriedrich Karl Ludwig
Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Reign6 July 1825 – 17 February 1831
Born(1785-01-04)4 January 1785
Lindenau near Königsberg, East Prussia, Prussia
Died17 February 1831(1831-02-17) (aged 46)
Gottorf Castle, Schleswig, Schleswig
SpousePrincess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel
Frederick William Paul Leopold
Friedrich Wilhelm Paul Leopold  (German)
FatherFriedrich Karl Ludwig, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
MotherCountess Friederike of Schlieben

Early lifeEdit

Friedrich Wilhelm was born in Lindenau, near Königsberg, East Prussia, to Friedrich Karl Ludwig, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck (20 August 1757 – 24 April 1816) and Countess Friederike of Schlieben (28 February 1757 – 17 December 1827).[citation needed] He was the third and youngest child of the couple, and the only son.[citation needed] In 1804, he was sent to Denmark, where he was an officer of the Danish army during the Napoleonic Wars.

Marriage and issueEdit

On 26 January 1810, Friedrich Wilhelm married his relative Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel (28 September 1789 – 13 March 1867),[citation needed] a granddaughter of Frederik V of Denmark through her mother, Princess Louise of Denmark. Friedrich Wilhelm and Louise Caroline had ten children:[citation needed]


On 25 March 1816, Friedrich Wilhelm succeeded his father as Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck. On 6 July 1825, he became Duke of Glücksburg and changed his title to Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, after the elder Glücksburg line became extinct in 1779. Friedrich Wilhelm died on 17 February 1831 at Gottorp.[citation needed]

His grandchildren include among others Frederick VIII of Denmark, Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom, George I of Greece, Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, Crown Princess Thyra of Hanover, Duchess of Cumberland and Teviotdale, and Friedrich Ferdinand, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein.




  1. ^ a b c Bille-Hansen, A. C.; Holck, Harald, eds. (1829) [1st pub.:1801]. Kongelig Dansk Hof- og Stats-Calender for Aaret 1829 [Court and State Calendar of the Kingdom of Denmark for the Year 1829] (PDF). Kongelig Dansk Hof- og Statskalender (in Danish). Copenhagen: J.H. Schultz A.-S. Universitetsbogtrykkeri. p. 5, 8, 51. Retrieved 16 September 2019 – via da:DIS Danmark.

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Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 4 January 1785 Died: 17 February 1831
Regnal titles
Preceded by Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
25 March 1816–6 July 1825
Succeeded by
Title changed
Preceded by
last held by
Friedrich Heinrich Wilhelm of the Senior Glücksburg line
Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
6 July 1825–17 February 1831
Succeeded by