Dorothea of Denmark, Duchess of Prussia

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

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. The wedding was conducted 12 February 1526 and Dorothea arrived with a large entourage in Königsberg in June. During her marriage, she gave birth six children, of whom only the eldest survive infancy:

  • Anna Sophia (11 June 1527 – 6 February 1591), married John Albert I, Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow.
  • Katharina (b. and d. 24 February 1528).
  • Frederick Albert (5 December 1529 – 1 January 1530).
  • Lucia Dorothea (8 April 1531 – 1 February 1532).
  • Lucia (3 February 1537 – May 1539).
  • Albert (b. and d. March 1539).

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