Christian, Duke of Oldenburg

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His Royal Highness
Duke of Oldenburg
Head of the Grand Ducal House of Oldenburg
Tenure 20 September 2014 – present
Predecessor Duke Anton-Günther
Heir apparent Duke Alexander
Born (1955-02-01) 1 February 1955 (age 69)
Rastede, West Germany
Countess Caroline zu Rantzau
(m. 1987)
Issue Duke Alexander
Duke Philipp
Duke Anton Friedrich
Duchess Katharina
Full name
Christian Nikolaus Udo Peter
House Holstein-Gottorp
Father Anton-Günther, Duke of Oldenburg
Mother Princess Ameli of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg
Religion Lutheran

Christian Christian Nikolaus Udo Peter, Duke of Oldenburg (In German: Christian, Herzog von Oldenburg; born 1 February 1955) is the head of the Grand Ducal Family of Oldenburg.

Family and life[edit]

Christian was born in Rastede, Lower Saxony, the only son of Anton-Günther, Duke of Oldenburg and his wife Princess Ameli of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg (b. 1923). Christian has an elder sister, Duchess Helene (b. 1953) who is unmarried. Christian has a diploma in Business.[1]

Christian is a great-grandson of the last Grand Duke of Oldenburg to reign, Frederick Augustus II and through his mother he is related to the Princes of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg, who belong to a morganatic branch of the House of Wittelsbach descending from Frederick I, Elector Palatine.

Christian became heir to the headship of the Grand Ducal family on 3 April 1970 when his grandfather Hereditary Grand Duke Nikolaus died. Under the monarchy the Grand Duke and the Hereditary Grand Duke and their wives were entitled to the style Royal Highness. First as heir to the headship of the House and now head of the House, Christian bears this style.[1]

Titles and Styles

1 February 1955-3 April 1970: His Highness Duke Christian of Oldenburg

3 April 1970-20 September 2014: His Royal Highness Duke Christian of Oldenburg

20 September 2014-present His Royal Highness The Duke of Oldenburg

Marriage and children[edit]

Christian married on 26 September 1987 at Pronstorf Countess Caroline zu Rantzau (b. 1962), daughter of Count Christian Karl zu Rantzau (1924-2002) and his wife Héloise von Lettow-Vorbeck (b. 1923).[1] They have four children:[1]

  • Duke Alexander Paul Hans-Caspar Andreas Daniel Carl Philippe of Oldenburg (born 17 March 1990 in Lübeck)
  • Duke Philipp Konstantin Wittekind Raimund Clemens Hans-Heinrich of Oldenburg (born 28 December 1991 in Lübeck)
  • Duke Anton Friedrich Ludwig Jan Vincent of Oldenburg (born 9 January 1993 in Lübeck)
  • Duchess Katharina Bibiane Edwina Isabell of Oldenburg (born 20 February 1997 in Lübeck)


8. Frederick Augustus II, Grand Duke of Oldenburg
4. Nikolaus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Oldenburg
9. Duchess Elisabeth Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
2. Anton-Günther, Duke of Oldenburg
10. Friedrich, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
5. Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont
11. Princess Bathildis of Schaumburg-Lippe
1. Christian, Duke of Oldenburg[2]
12. Prince Alfred of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg
6. Udo, 6th Prince of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg
13. Countess Pauline von Reichenbach-Lessonitz
3. Princess Ameli of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg
14. Friedrich Carl, Princely Count of Castell-Castell
7. Countess Margarete of Castell-Castell
15. Countess Gertrud of Stolberg-Wernigerode


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XVII. "Oldenburg". C.A. Starke Verlag, 2004, pp. 61–63. ISBN 9783798008335.
  2. McIntosh, David. The Grand Dukes of Oldenburg. Rosvall Royal Books, 2007, Elanders, Sweden. pp. 14, 67, 71–72. ISBN 91-975671-3-2.

External links[edit]

Christian, Duke of Oldenburg
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 1 February 1955
Preceded by — TITULAR —
Grand Duke of Oldenburg
20 September 2014 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Grand Duchy abolished in 1918
Duke Alexander of Oldenburg
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