Duke Christian of Oldenburg

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Duke Christian
Duke Christian of Oldenburg
Spouse Countess Caroline zu Rantzau
Issue Duke Alexander
Duke Philipp
Duke Anton Friedrich
Duchess Katharina
Full name
Christian Nikolaus Udo Peter
House House of Holstein-Gottorp
Father Anton-Günther, Duke of Oldenburg
Mother Princess Ameli of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg
Born (1955-02-01) 1 February 1955 (age 59)
Rastede, West Germany
Religion Lutheranism
Grand Ducal Family of Oldenburg
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HRH The Duke
HRH The Duchess

  • HRH Duke Christian
    HRH Duchess Caroline
    • HH Duke Alexander
    • HH Duke Philipp
    • HH Duke Anton Friedrich
    • HH Duchess Katharina
  • HH Duchess Helene

Duke Christian of Oldenburg (German: Christian Nikolaus Udo Peter Herzog von Oldenburg; born 1 February 1955) is the heir apparent to the headship of Grand Ducal Family of Oldenburg, though not the senior extant line of the House of Oldenburg.

Family and life[edit]

Duke Christian was born in Rastede, Lower Saxony, the only son of Duke Anton-Günther of Oldenburg and his wife Princess Ameli of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg (b. 1923). Duke Christian has an elder sister, Duchess Helene (b. 1953) who is unmarried. Duke Christian has a diplom in Business.[1]

Christian is a great-grandson of the last Grand Duke of Oldenburg, Frederick Augustus II and through his mother he is related to the Princes of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg, who belong to a morganatic branch of the House of Wittelsbach descending from Frederick I, Elector Palatine.

Duke Christian became heir to the headship of the Grand Ducal family on 3 April 1970 when his grandfather Hereditary Grand Duke Nikolaus died. If the monarchy was still in existence he would bear the title of Hereditary Grand Duke of Oldenburg. Although under the monarchy only the Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duke and their wives were entitled to the style Royal Highness, Duke Christian as heir, and his father as head of the family both use this style.[1] If Christian succeeds his father, he would be the first Count or Duke of Oldenburg to be named Christian since 1492. He is also one of only two descendants of Peter I, Grand Duke of Oldenburg to bear that name, the other being his uncle, Duke Friedrich August Wilhelm Christian Ernst.

Marriage and children[edit]

Christian married Countess Caroline of Rantzau (b. 1962) at Pronstorf on 26 September 1987. They have four children.[2]

  • Duke Alexander Paul Hans-Caspar Andreas Daniel Carl Philippe of Oldenburg (born 17 March 1990 in Lübeck)[2]
  • Duke Philipp Konstantin Wittekind Raimund Clemens Hans-Heinrich of Oldenburg (born 28 December 1991 in Lübeck)[2]
  • Duke Anton Friedrich Ludwig Jan Vincent of Oldenburg (born 9 January 1993 in Lübeck)[2]
  • Duchess Katharina Bibiane Edwina Isabell of Oldenburg (born 20 February 1997 in Lübeck)[2]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 1 February 1955 – 3 April 1970: His Highness Duke Christian of Oldenburg
  • 3 April 1970 – present: His Royal Highness Duke Christian of Oldenburg

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Almanach de Gotha (186th ed.). 2003. pp. ,273, 274. ISBN 0-9532142-4-9. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Marek, Miroslav. "Oldenburg 8". Genealogy.EU. Retrieved 2008-07-25. [self-published source][better source needed]

External links[edit]

Duke Christian of Oldenburg
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 1 February 1955
Preceded by
First in line
Line of succession to the Oldenburgian throne
1st position
Succeeded by
Duke Alexander of Oldenburg
Preceded by
Anton-Günther, Duke of Oldenburg
Line of succession to the British throne