Adolphus Frederick III, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

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Adolphus Frederick III
Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Adolf Friedrich III, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.jpg
Reign 12 May 1708 - 11 December 1752
Predecessor Adolphus Frederick II
Successor Adolphus Frederick IV
Born (1686-06-07)7 June 1686
Died 11 December 1752(1752-12-11) (aged 66)
Spouse Princess Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön
House Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Father Adolf Frederick II
Mother Duchess Maria of Mecklenburg-Güstrow

Adolphus Frederick III (7 June 1686 – 11 December 1752) was a Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.


He was born in Strelitz the son of Adolphus Frederick II, Duke of Mecklenburg, and his wife Princess Maria of Mecklenburg-Güstrow (1659–1701).[1] His father founded the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in 1701 after reaching an agreement with the Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

He succeeded his father as Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz on 12 May 1708. In 1712 the ducal family’s castle and the town of Strelitz burnt down. Because of this Adolphus Frederick and his family were forced to live in their hunting lodge. Around this place the new town of Neustrelitz was constructed. In 1733 he founded the new city, which became the official capital of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in 1736.

Adolphus Frederick died at Neustrelitz and was succeeded as Duke by his nephew Adolphus Frederick IV.[1]

Marriage and children[edit]

Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön, duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Adolphus Frederick was married to Princess Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön (daughter of John Adolphus, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön) on 16 April 1709 at Reinfeld. They had two children:[1]

  • Duchess Marie Sofia (1710–1728)
  • Duchess Madalena Cristina (1711–1713)



  1. ^ a b c Marek, Miroslav. "House of Mecklenburg genealogy". Genealogy.EU. 

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Adolphus Frederick III, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Cadet branch of the House of Mecklenburg
Born: 7 June 1686 Died: 11 December 1752
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Adolf Frederick II
Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Succeeded by
Adolf Friedrich IV