Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

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Friedrich Wilhelm
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Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
Reign25 March 1816 – 6 July 1825
PredecessorFriedrich Karl Ludwig
Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Reign6 July 1825 – 17 February 1831
Born(1785-01-04)4 January 1785
Lindenau near Königsberg, East Prussia, Prussia
Died17 February 1831(1831-02-17) (aged 46)
Gottorf Castle, Schleswig, Duchy of Schleswig
SpousePrincess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel
Full name
Frederick William Paul Leopold
Friedrich Wilhelm Paul Leopold  (German)
FatherFriedrich Karl Ludwig, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
MotherCountess Friederike of Schlieben

Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (German: Friedrich Wilhelm Paul Leopold; 4 January 1785 – 17 February 1831)[1][2] inherited the title of Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck in 1816. He subsequently changed his title to Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg in 1825 and founded a line that includes the Royal Houses of Denmark, Greece, Norway, and the Commonwealth realms.

Early life[edit]

Friedrich Wilhelm was born in Lindenau, East Prussia, to Friedrich Karl Ludwig, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck (20 August 1757 – 24 April 1816) and Countess Friederike of Schlieben (28 February 1757 – 17 December 1827).[1][2] He was the third and youngest child of the couple, and the only son.[1][2] In 1804, he was sent to Denmark, where he was an officer of the Danish army during the Napoleonic Wars.

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 26 January 1810, Friedrich Wilhelm married Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel (28 September 1789 – 13 March 1867),[1][2] a granddaughter of Frederik V of Denmark through her mother, Princess Louise of Denmark. Friedrich Wilhelm and Louise Caroline had ten children:[1][2]

Later life[edit]

On 25 March 1816, Friedrich Wilhelm succeeded his father as Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck. On 6 July 1825, he became Duke of Glücksburg and changed his title to Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, after the elder Glücksburg line became extinct in 1779. Friedrich Wilhelm died on 17 February 1831 at Gottorp.[1][2]

His grandchildren include among others Frederick VIII of Denmark, Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom, George I of Greece, Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, Crown Princess Thyra of Hanover, Duchess of Cumberland and Teviotdale, and Friedrich Ferdinand, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 4 January 1785 – 25 March 1816: His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
  • 25 March 1816 – 6 July 1825: His Serene Highness The Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
  • 6 July 1825 – 17 February 1831: His Serene Highness The Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg



  1. ^ a b c d e f Darryl Lundy (22 February 2007). "Frederik Wilhelm Paul Leopold Herzog zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg". Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Paul Theroff. "Schleswig-Holstein". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Archived from the original on 2008-03-23. Retrieved 2008-09-02.

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Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 4 January 1785 Died: 17 February 1831
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Friedrich Karl Ludwig
Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
25 March 1816–6 July 1825
Succeeded by
Title changed
Preceded by
last held by
Friedrich Heinrich Wilhelm of the Senior Glücksburg line
Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
6 July 1825–17 February 1831
Succeeded by