Dorothea of Denmark, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg

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Dorothea of Denmark
Dorothea von Daenemark - Ludger tom Ring d. J.jpg
Detail from altarpiece attributed to Ludger Tom Ring the Younger in the chapel of Celle Castle, c. 1569
Born(1546-06-29)29 June 1546
Kolding
Died6 January 1617(1617-01-06) (aged 70)
Winsen
SpouseWilliam, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
IssueSophie
Ernest II
Elisabeth
Christian
August I
Dorothea
Clara
Anne
Margaret
Frederick IV
Marie
Magnus
George
John
Sybille
HouseOldenburg
FatherChristian III of Denmark
MotherDorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg

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]

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Dorothea of Denmark, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Born: 29 June 1546 Died: 6 January 1617
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