Christian August II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
|Christian August II|
|Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg|
|Reign||14 June 1814 - 11 March 1869|
|Predecessor||Frederick Christian II|
|Spouse||Countess Louise Sophie of Danneskiold-Samsøe|
|Issue||Alexander, Hereditary Prince
Princess Louise Auguste
Princess Caroline Amelie
|House||House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg|
|Father||Frederick Christian II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg|
|Mother||Princess Louise Auguste of Denmark|
19 July 1798|
|Died||11 March 1869
Primkenau (now Przemków), Kingdom of Prussia
Christian August II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (1798–1869, Christian Carl Frederik August), usually simply known by just his first name, Christian, Duke of Augustenborg, was a claimant of the rulership of the provinces of Slesvig and Holstein, and a fiefholder of Augustenborg and Sønderborg. He was a prince of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg and a cadet-line descendant of the Danish royal House of Oldenburg.
He was the eldest son and heir of Louise Auguste of Denmark and Frederik Christian II, Duke of Augustenborg. As such, he was close to succeed in the Danish throne. He was the brother-in-law of King Christian VIII and nephew of King Frederick VI.
In 1848, Schleswig-Holstein had broken out into open insurrection on German-nationalistic motives. A provisional government had been established at Kiel under the Duke of Augustenborg, who travelled to Berlin to secure the assistance of Prussia in asserting his rights. The First War of Schleswig ensued.
However, European powers were united in opposing any dismemberment of Denmark. Among others, Emperor Nicholas I of Russia, speaking with authority as Head of the elder Holstein-Gottorp line, regarded the Duke of Augustenborg a rebel. Russia had guaranteed Schleswig to the Danish crown by the treaties of 1767 and 1773.
A treaty of peace between Prussia and Denmark was signed at Berlin on 2 July 1850. Both parties reserved all their antecedent rights. Denmark was satisfied that the treaty empowered the king-duke to restore his authority in Holstein with or without the consent of the German Confederation. Augustenborg was ousted from any power, as Danish troops now marched in to coerce the refractory duchies.
The question of the Augustenburg succession made an agreement between the big powers impossible, and on March 31, 1852 the duke of Augustenburg resigned his claim in return for a money payment. Duke Christian sold his rights to the Duchy of Schleswig-Holstein to Denmark in aftermath of Treaty of London, but later renounced his rights to the Duchy of Schleswig-Holstein in favor of his son Frederik August.
In 1864, his son Frederick of Augustenborg proclaimed himself as Duke of Schleswig and Holstein.
Duke Christian August died 1869.
Marriage and issue
Christian married in 1820 his second cousin Countess Lovisa-Sophie Danneskjold-Samsøe (1797–1867) who was a Danish noblewoman and relative of kings of Denmark, belonging to an illegitimate branch of the House of Oldenburg.
They had seven children:
- Prince Alexander Frederick William Christian Charles Augustus (20 July 1821 - 3 May 1823), died young
- Princess Louise Auguste (28 August 1823 - 30 May 1872)
- Princess Caroline Amelie (15 January 1826 - 3 May 1901)
- Princess Wilhelmine (24 March 1828 - 4 July 1829)
- Prince Frederick Christian August (6 July 1829 - 14 January 1880), later Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg, born 1829 in Augustenborg. He was nephew of Caroline Amalie, Queen consort of Denmark, and thus nephew-in-law of the King Christian VIII of Denmark himself, as well as a great-nephew of Frederick VI. In 1863 claimed to succeed King Frederick VII of Denmark as Duke of Schleswig-Holstein. Died 1880. He married Princess Adelheid of Hohenlohe-Langenburg became father of one surviving son and a number of daughters including Augusta Viktoria, German Empress.
- Frederick Christian Charles Augustus (22 January 1831 – 28 October 1917), later (1866) married his third cousin Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, and settled in England. They were both great, great grandchildren of Frederick, Prince of Wales (father of George III of the United Kingdom and Caroline Mathilde, Queen of Denmark). They were the parents of Duke Albert.
- Princess Caroline Christiane Auguste Emilie Henriette Elisabeth (2 August 1833 - 18 October 1917), married morganatically in 1872 Johann Friedrich von Esmarch (9 January 1823 - 23 February 1908)
- Johannes Heinrich Gebauer: Christian August, Herzog von Schleswig Holstein. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Befreiung Schleswig-Holsteins. Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, Stuttgart u. a. 1910.
- Karl Lorentzen: Christian Karl Friedrich August, Herzog von Schleswig-Holstein. In: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB). Band 4, Duncker & Humblot, Leipzig 1876, S. 205–211.
- Hans Harald Hennings: Christian Karl Friedrich August. In: Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB). Band 3, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1957, ISBN 3-428-00184-2, S. 237 f.
- Mikkel Venborg Pedersen: Die Herzöge von Augustenburg; in: Die Fürsten des Landes. Herzöge und Grafen von Schleswig, Holstein und Lauenburg, im Auftrag der Gesellschaft für Schleswig-Holsteinische Geschichte herausgegeben, S. 310–341.
Christian August II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-AugustenburgBorn: 19 July 1798 Died: 11 March 1869
Frederick Christian II
|Duke of Augustenburg
as Duke of Schleswig-Holstein