Dorothea of Denmark, Duchess of Prussia

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Dorothea
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Spouse Albert, Duke of Prussia
Issue Anna Sophia
Katharina
Friedrich Albrecht
Lucia Dorothea
Lucia
Albrecht
Father Frederick I of Denmark
Mother Anna of Brandenburg
Born (1504-08-01)1 August 1504
Denmark
Died 11 April 1547(1547-04-11)

Dorothea of Denmark (1504–11 April 1547), was a Danish princess and Duchess of Prussia. She was the daughter of King Frederick I of Denmark and Anna of Brandenburg. She was married to Duke Albert, Duke of Prussia.

After her father's accession to the throne in 1523 a marriage was suggested to the English claimant to the throne, Duke Richard of Suffolk, who was supported by King Francis of France, but without success. In 1525, she received a proposal from the newly made Duke of Prussia. The marriage was arranged by her father's German chancellor Wolfgang von Utenhof; it was conducted 12 February 1526 and Dorothea arrived with a large entourage in Königsberg in June. Dorothea had a very good relationship with Albert and this contributed to a good and active contact between Denmark and Prussia which continued during her brother's reign and until her death. Dorothea and her spouse corresponded with her brother, the king of Denmark, and acted as his political advisors. Dorothea and Albert were present at the coronation of Christian III of Denmark in Copenhagen in 1537; they also acted as foster-parents of her nephew Duke Hans of Denmark in 1536–1542. The Königsberg Cathedral has a monument of her.

Funeral monument, now in Pushkin museum

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Vacant
Title last held by
New title
Duchess consort of Prussia
1525–1547
Succeeded by
Anna Marie of Brunswick-Lüneburg