Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel

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Princess Louise Caroline
Duchess consort of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck later Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Tenure25 March 1816 – 17 February 1831
Born(1789-09-28)28 September 1789
Gottorp, Schleswig, Duchy of Schleswig
Died13 March 1867(1867-03-13) (aged 77)
Ballenstedt, Saxony
SpouseFriedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
IssuePrincess Luise Marie
Friederike, Duchess of Anhalt-Bernburg
Karl, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Friedrich, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Prince Wilhelm
Christian IX of Denmark
Princess Luise
Prince Julius
Prince Johann
Prince Nikolaus
Full name
Louise Caroline
FatherLandgrave Charles of Hesse-Kassel
MotherPrincess Louise of Denmark

Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel (German: Luise Karoline von Hessen-Kassel; 28 September 1789 – 13 March 1867) was the consort of Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and the matriarch of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg,[1] which would eventually become the ruling house of the kingdoms of Denmark, Greece, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

Louise Caroline was born at Gottorp in the Duchy of Schleswig to Landgrave Charles of Hesse-Kassel (19 December 1744 – 17 August 1836) and his wife Princess Louise of Denmark (30 January 1750 – 12 January 1831).[1] Her elder sister Marie Sophie of Hesse-Kassel (28 October 1767 – 21 March 1852) became Queen consort of Frederick VI of Denmark.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Friedrich Wilhelm and Louise Caroline married in 1810.[2] The couple had ten children:[1]

Louise Caroline's son, Prince Christian, was named third-in-line to the throne of Christian VIII of Denmark in 1847. He succeeded his childless cousin, Frederick VII of Denmark, on 15 November 1863, the Hereditary Prince Ferdinand having deceased somewhat earlier.

Her grandchildren included (among others) King Frederick VIII of Denmark, Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom, Empress Marie Feodorovna of All the Russias, King George I of the Hellenes and Crown Princess Thyra of Hanover.

At the time of her death, she was the last surviving grandchild of Frederick V of Denmark.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 28 September 1789 – 26 January 1810: Her Serene Highness Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel
  • 26 January 1810 – 25 March 1816: Her Serene Highness The Hereditary Princess of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
  • 25 March 1816 – 6 July 1825: Her Serene Highness The Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
  • 6 July 1825 – 17 February 1831: Her Serene Highness The Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
  • 17 February 1831 – 13 March 1867: Her Serene Highness The Dowager Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg



  1. ^ a b c "Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Cassel". geni_family_tree. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  2. ^ "Person Page". Retrieved 2017-10-09.

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Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel
Cadet branch of the House of Hesse
Born: 28 September 1789 Died: 13 March 1867
German nobility
Preceded by
Friederike of Schlieben
Duchess consort of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
25 March 1816–6 July 1825
Succeeded by
Title changed
Preceded by
Title changed
Duchess consort of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
6 July 1825–17 February 1831
Succeeded by
Vilhelmine Marie of Denmark