Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

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Princess Ortrud
Princess of Hanover, Duchess of Brunswick
Born (1925-12-19)19 December 1925
Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Died 6 February 1980(1980-02-06) (aged 54)
Schulenburg, Pattensen, Lower Saxony, Germany
Burial 8 February 1980
Schloss Marienburg, Pattensen, Lower Saxony, Germany
Spouse Ernest Augustus IV, Prince of Hanover
(m. 1951–80; her death)
Issue Princess Marie, Countess von Hochberg
Ernst August, Prince of Hanover
Prince Ludwig Rudolph
Princess Olga
Alexandra, Princess of Leiningen
Prince Heinrich
Full name
Ortrud Bertha Adelaide Hedwig
House Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Father Prince Albrecht of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Mother Princess Hertha of Ysenburg and Büdingen

Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg[1][2][3][4][5] (Ortrud Prinzessin zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg; Full given names: Ortrud Bertha Adelheid Hedwig), (19 December 1925 – 6 February 1980) was a Princess and a member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg by birth, and through her marriage to Ernest Augustus IV, Prince of Hanover, a member of the House of Hanover.


Ortrud was born on 19 December 1925, in Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Her parents were the Prince Albrecht of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (1863–1948) and his second wife, Princess Hertha of Ysenburg and Büdingen (1883–1972), daughter of Bruno, 3rd Prince of Ysenburg and Büdingen.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Ortrud married Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover (later Ernest Augustus, Prince of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick) on 31 August 1951 at Marienburg Castle, Nordstemmen, Hanover, Germany in a civil marriage ceremony.[5] They were remarried four days later in a religious ceremony in Hanover. Ernest Augustus and Ortrud had six children:[2]

After Ortrud's death in 1980, her widower husband Ernest Augustus married Ortrud's first cousin once removed, Countess Monika of Solms-Laubach, in 1981.[5] Ernest Augustus and Ortrud are buried on a round bastion of Marienburg Castle (Hanover).

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

These are traditional, rather than legal, styles and titles sometimes used by courtesy.

  • 19 December 1925 – 31 August 1951: Her Highness[3] Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.
  • 31 August 1951 – 30 January 1953: Her Royal Highness Princess Ortrud of Hanover.
  • 30 January 1953 – 6 February 1980: Her Royal Highness[3] The Princess of Hanover, Duchess of Brunswick.



References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ In 1919 royalty and nobility were mandated to lose their privileges in Germany, hereditary titles were to be legally borne thereafter only as part of the surname, according to Article 109 of the Weimar Constitution. Styles such as majesty and highness were not retained.
  2. ^ a b Montgomery-Massinberd, Hugh (1972). Burke's Guide to the Royal Family. London: Burke's Peerage, Ltd. pp. 277, 290. ISBN 0-220-66222-3. 
  3. ^ a b c Almanach de Gotha. Justus Perthes, Gotha, 1944, pp. 66-67.
  4. ^ Eilers, Marlene. Queen Victoria's Descendants. Rosvall Royal Books, Falkoping, Sweden, 1997. p. 128. ISBN 91-630-5964-9
  5. ^ a b c d de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, pp. 58–62, 66. (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  6. ^ Angelfire
  7. ^ Wedding of Juan Carlos of Spain and Sophia of Greece
Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 19 December 1925 Died: 6 February 1980
Royal titles
Preceded by
Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia
Consort of the Head of the House of Hanover
30 January 1953 – 6 February 1980
Succeeded by
Countess Monika of Solms-Laubach