Dorothea of Denmark, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg

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Dorothea of Denmark
Wappen Dorothea v Dänemark.jpg
Spouse William, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
House House of Oldenburg
Father Christian III of Denmark
Mother Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg
Born (1546-06-29)29 June 1546
Kolding
Died 6 January 1617(1617-01-06) (aged 70)
Celle

Princess Dorothea of Denmark (29 June 1546 – 6 January 1617) was the Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg from 1561 until 1592 as the consort of Duke William the Younger. She was regent for her son George from 1592 to 1596.

Biography[edit]

Born in Kolding, Dorothea was the youngest child of Christian III of Denmark and Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg. She married William, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg on 12 October 1561.

When her husband died in 1592, she became regent for her under age son George. She had a deep mistrust of the councillors because of their ill management of her husband's estates during his insanity. Dorothea was known as a capable and energetic regent.

She died in Winsen, Germany at the age of 70.

Children who reached adulthood[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

External links[edit]

German nobility
Preceded by
Sophia of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Duchess consort of Brunswick-Lüneburg
1561–1592
Vacant
Title next held by
Sophia Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg