Prince Friedrich Ferdinand of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

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Prince Friedrich Ferdinand
Born(1913-05-14)14 May 1913
Gotha, Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Germany
Died31 May 1989(1989-05-31) (aged 76)
Glücksburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
SpouseDuchess Anastasia of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
IssuePrincess Elisabeth
Princess Irene
Princess Margaretha
Princess Sibylla
Full name
Frederick Ferdinand Charles Ernest Augustus William Harold Casimir Nicholas
German: Friedrich Ferdinand Carl Ernst August Wilhelm Harold Casimir Nikolaus
FatherPrince Albrecht of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
MotherCountess Ortrud of Ysenburg and Büdingen

Prince Friedrich Ferdinand of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg[1][2] (Full German name: Friedrich Ferdinand Carl Ernst August Wilhelm Harold Casimir Nikolaus Prinz von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg; 14 May 1913, Gotha, Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Germany – 31 May 1989, Glücksburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)[1][2] was a prince of the House of Glücksburg.


Friedrich Ferdinand was the fourth child and youngest son of Prince Albrecht of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (1863–1948) and his first wife, Countess Ortrud of Ysenburg and Büdingen (1879–1918).

Marriage and issue[edit]

Friedrich Ferdinand married Duchess Anastasia of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, youngest daughter of Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and his wife Princess Alexandra of Hanover and Cumberland, on 1 September 1943 at Willigrad bei Schwerin.[1][2] Friedrich Ferdinand and Anastasia had four daughters:[1][2]

  • HH Princess Elisabeth Marie Alexandra of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (born 10 September 1945);[1][2] she currently serves as the Royal Patroness of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (Latin - Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani, abbreviated as OSMTH). [3]
HSH Prince Ferdinand Heinrich of Ysenburg-Büdingen-Wachtersbach (1940–1989) on 2 January 1975
HSH Prince Johann Georg of Ysenburg-Büdingen-Wachtersbach (born 8 July 1976)
HSH Prince Ludwig Ferdinand of Ysenburg-Büdingen-Wachtersbach (born 6 February 1979)
  • HH Princess Irene Olga Adelheid of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (born 11 October 1946)[1][2]
  • HH Princess Margaretha Friederike Luise of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (born 10 February 1948)[1][2]
  • HH Princess Sibylla Ursula Ortrude of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (born 11 September 1955)[1][2]
∞ Dieter Franz on 25 October 1980
Frithjof Franz (born 22 April 1981)
Johanna Franz (born 10 March 1983)
Philipp Franz (born 1 April 1986)

Military service[edit]

Prince Friedrich served in the German Heer (army) during World War II. He served as general staff officer and rose to the rank of major by early 1945. On February 10, 1945 he was placed in command of Panzergrenadier-Regiment 40, a unit of the 17th Panzer Division on the Eastern Front. He commanded the regiment (except from April 1 to 23) until the capitulation of Germany on May 8, 1945. [4] He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on February 22, 1945 and was promoted to the rank of Oberstleutnant (lieutenant colonel) shortly afterwards.

Titles, styles, and decorations[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 14 May 1913 – 31 May 1989: His Highness Prince Friedrich Ferdinand of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg





  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Darryl Lundy (17 June 2003). "Friedrich Ferdinand Prinz zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg". Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Paul Theroff. "SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  3. ^ Thomas, Brian. "Royal Patron".
  4. ^ "Panzergrenadier-Regiment 40 - Lexikon der Wehrmacht".
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 378.


  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.