Christian, Duke of Oldenburg
|His Royal Highness|
|Duke of Oldenburg|
|Tenure||20 September 2014 – present|
|Heir apparent||Duke Alexander|
|Born||1 February 1955|
Rastede, West Germany
Countess Caroline zu Rantzau
Duke Anton Friedrich
|Christian Nikolaus Udo Peter|
|Father||Anton-Günther, Duke of Oldenburg|
|Mother||Princess Ameli of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg|
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
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.
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.
Marriage and children
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). They have four children:
- 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|
|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|
- Marek, Miroslav. "Genealogy.euweb". Genealogy.EU.
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