Magdalena Sibylla of Holstein-Gottorp

Magdalena Sibylle of Holstein-Gottorp (also spelled Magdalena Sibylla; 1631 at Gottorp Castle – 1719 in Güstrow) was a Duchess of Holstein-Gottorp by birth and by marriage Duchess of Mecklenburg-Güstrow. From 1654 to 1695, she was the consort of Duke Gustav Adolph of Mecklenburg-Güstrow.

Magdalena Sibylle of Holstein-Gottorp
Magdalena Sibylla, 1631-1719, prinsessa av Holstein-Gottorp (Juriaen Ovens) - Nationalmuseum - 15955.tif
Magdalena Sibylle of Holstein-Gottorp
Gottorp Castle
Died1719 (age 88)
Noble familyHouse of Oldenburg
Spouse(s)Gustav Adolph, Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow
FatherFrederick III, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp
MotherDuchess Marie Elisabeth of Saxony


Magdalene Sybille was the daughter of Duke Frederick III of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp (1597-1659) and his wife Marie Elisabeth of Saxony (1610-1684).


After her husband's death, she remained a widow for 26 years. She retained a small court in Güstrow. However, after the Mecklenburg-Güstrow line of Dukes had died out, the court in Güstrow lost its former glory and significance.

Marriage and issueEdit

On 28 December 1654, she married Gustav Adolph, the ruling Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow. They had eleven children but no surviving male heirs. This leads to a succession dispute that was settled by the Partition of Hamburg (1701), which redivided the interior of the Duchy of Mecklenburg among the surviving lines.



  • Johann Stieber: 'Merckwürdige und erbauliche Lebensbeschreibung der … Fürstin Magdalena Sibylla, verwitwete regierende Fürstin zu Mecklenburg, Rostock, 1745