Peter, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein

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Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
Head of the House of Schleswig-Holstein
PredecessorWilhelm Friedrich
Born(1922-04-30)30 April 1922
Schloss Louisenlund, Eckernförde, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Died30 September 1980(1980-09-30) (aged 58)
Bienebek, Schleswig-Holstein, West Germany
IssuePrincess Marita, Baroness von Plotho
Christoph, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein
Prince Alexander
Princess Ingeborg, Mrs. Broschek
Full name
Frederick Ernest Peter
German: Friedrich Ernst Peter
FatherWilhelm Friedrich, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
MotherPrincess Marie Melita of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

Peter, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein[1][2] (German: Friedrich Ernst Peter; 30 April 1922 in Schloss Louisenlund, Schleswig, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany[1][2] – 30 September 1980 in Bienebek, Schleswig-Holstein, West Germany[1][2]) was the Duke of Schleswig-Holstein and Head of both the House of Glücksburg and the entire House of Oldenburg from 10 February 1965 until his death on 30 September 1980.[1][2] Peter was the third and youngest son[1][2] of Wilhelm Friedrich, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein and his wife, Princess Marie Melita of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.[1][2] He was a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria through her second son, Prince Alfred.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Peter married Princess Marie Alix of Schaumburg-Lippe, daughter of Prince Stephan Alexander Viktor of Schaumburg-Lippe and his wife, Duchess Ingeborg Alix of Oldenburg,[1][2] on 9 October 1947 in Glücksburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.[1][2] Peter and Marie Alix had four children,[1][2] all of whom bore the style Highness:

  • Princess Marita of Schleswig-Holstein (born 5 September 1948); married Wilfred Freiherr (Baron) von Plotho on 23 May 1975. They have two children:
    • Baron Christoph von Plotho (14 March 1976) he married Anahita Varz in 2010. They have one son:
      • Baron Antonius by Plotho (5 September 2013)
    • Baroness Irina von Plotho (28 January 1978) she married Julius von Bethmann-Hollweg in 2016.
      • Nikolai von Bethmann-Hollweg (2017)
  • Christoph, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein (22 August 1949) he married Princess Elisabeth of Lippe-Weissenfeld on 23 September 1981. They have four children and two grandchildren.
  • Prince Alexander of Schleswig-Holstein (9 July 1953)
  • Princess Ingeborg of Schleswig-Holstein (9 July 1956); married Nikolaus Broschek on 1 June 1991. They have one daughter:
    • Alexis Broschek (12 December 1995)

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 30 April 1922 – 10 August 1944: His Highness Prince Peter of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
  • 10 August 1944 – 10 February 1965: His Highness The Hereditary Prince of Schleswig-Holstein
  • 10 February 1965 – 30 September 1980: His Highness The Duke of Schleswig-Holstein



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Darryl Lundy (17 June 2003). "Friedrich Ernst Peter Herzog zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg". Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Paul Theroff. "SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
Peter, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 30 April 1922 Died: 30 September 1967
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Wilhelm Friedrich
Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
10 February 1965–30 September 1980
Reason for succession failure:
Duchy annexed by Prussia in 1866
Succeeded by