Princess Dorothea of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

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Princess Dorothea
Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein
Princess Dorothea of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.jpg
Tenure 2 August 1898 – 22 February 1921
Born (1881-04-30)30 April 1881
Vienna, Austria–Hungary
Died 21 January 1967(1967-01-21) (aged 85)
Schloss Taxis, Dischingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Burial St. Augustin, Coburg
Spouse Ernst Gunther, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
Full name
German: Dorothea Maria Henriette Auguste Louise
House Saxe-Coburg and Gotha-Koháry
Father Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Mother Princess Louise of Belgium
Religion Roman Catholicism

Princess Dorothea Maria Henriette Auguste Louise of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha[1][2] (30 April 1881 – 21 January 1967)[1][2] was a princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (German: Prinzessin von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha) by birth and the duchess of Schleswig-Holstein (German: Herzogin zu Sachsen)[1][2] through her marriage to Ernst Gunther, duke of Schleswig-Holstein. Dorothea was born in Vienna, Austria, the second child and only daughter of Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Princess Louise of Belgium.[1][2]

Marriage and children[edit]

Dorothea married Ernst Gunther, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, fifth child and third-eldest son of Frederick VIII, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein and his wife Princess Adelheid of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, on 2 August 1898 in Coburg, Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.[1][2]

Dorothea and Ernst Gunther had no children. In 1920, they adopted Princess Marie Luise (1908–1969) and Prince Johann Georg of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (1911–1941), son and daughter of Prince Albrecht of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and his wife Countess Ortrud of Ysenburg und Büdingen. Marie Luise and Johann Georg were grandchildren of Friedrich, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, an older brother of Christian IX of Denmark.

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • Her Highness Princess Dorothea of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duchess of Saxony (30 April 1881 – 2 August 1898)
  • Her Highness The Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein (2 August 1898 – 22 February 1921)
  • Her Highness The Dowager Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein (22 February 1921 – 21 January 1967)


Princess Dorothea died at Schloss Taxis, Dischingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, aged 85.


  1. ^ a b c d e Darryl Lundy (10 May 2003). "Dorothea Marie Henriette Prinzessin von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha". Retrieved 2009-07-14.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d e Paul Theroff. "SAXONY". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 


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