Princess Dorothea Sophie of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Princess Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (28 September 1636 – 6 August 1689), was Duchess consort of Brunswick-Lüneburg by marriage to Christian Louis, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, and Electress of Brandenburg by marriage to Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg, the "Great Elector".
|Princess Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg|
|Duchess consort of Prussia|
Electress consort of Brandenburg
|Tenure||14 June 1668 – 29 April 1688|
|Duchess consort of Brunswick-Lüneburg|
|Tenure||9 October 1653 – 15 March 1665|
|Born||28 September 1636|
|Died||6 August 1689 (aged 52)|
|Spouse||Christian Louis, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg|
Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg
|Philip William, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt|
Marie Amelie, Hereditary Princess of Mecklenburg-Güstrow
Prince Margrave Albert Frederick
Elisabeth Sophie, Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen
Prince Christian Ludwig
|Father||Philip, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg|
|Mother||Sophie Hedwig of Saxe-Lauenburg|
Dorothea was born in Glücksburg. She could claim royal blood through her descent from her great-grandfather King Christian III of Denmark, but her parents were of much lower rank: Philip, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, and Sophia Hedwig of Saxe-Lauenburg. She was the sister of Auguste of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.
Duchess of Brunswick-LüneburgEdit
In 1653, Dorothea married Christian Louis, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, brother-in-law of King Frederick III of Denmark. The marriage was childless. In 1665 her first spouse died, and she moved into Herzberg Castle.
Electress of BrandenburgEdit
On 14 June 1668, she married again, this time to Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg. In 1670, she purchased Brandenburg-Schwedt and other fiefs for her sons. In 1676, she became the commander of her own regiment, and in 1678 and 1692 equipped two fleets for the Brandenburg state.
From her second marriage, Dorothea had the following children:
- Philip William (1669–1711),
- Marie Amalie (1670–1739) married:
- Albert Frederick (1672–1731),
- Charles Philip (1673–1695),
- Elisabeth Sofie (1674–1748), who married Christian Ernst of Brandenburg-Bayreuth (6 August 1644 – 20 May 1712) on 30 March 1703.
- Dorothea (1675–1676),
- Christian Ludwig (1677–1734), recipient of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos.
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