Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (elder line)

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Coat of arms of the Dukes of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Glücksburg Castle in Schleswig-Holstein, the headquarters of the eponymous family branches

Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg was a line of the house Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg, a branch line of the House of Oldenburg from 1622 to 1779.


The line was founded by the partitioned-off duke Philip of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (1584–1663). The line was named after Glücksburg Castle, where he had his headquarters.

Members of this line bore the title of Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, but they were not ruling Dukes.

Some years after the death of Frederick William Henry, the title went via King Frederick VI to Frederick William of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck, who founded the younger line of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.


Reign Name Remark
1622–1663 Philip founder of the line
1663–1698 Christian son
1698–1729 Philip Ernest son
1729–1766 Frederick son
1766–1779 Frederick William Henry son