Christoph, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein

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The Prince of Schleswig-Holstein
The prince in November 2010
Head of the House of Glücksburg
Tenure 30 September 1980 – 27 September 2023
Predecessor Peter
Successor Prince Ferdinand
Born (1949-08-22)22 August 1949
Schloss Louisenlund, Schleswig-Holstein
Died 27 September 2023(2023-09-27) (aged 74)
Spouse Princess Elisabeth of Lippe-Weissenfeld
Father Peter, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
Mother Princess Marie Alix of Schaumburg-Lippe

Christoph, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein[1] (In German: Christoph, Prinz zu Schleswig-Holstein; 22 August 1949 - 27 September 2023), was the head of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (commonly known as the House of Glücksburg) and, by agnatic primogeniture, of the entire House of Oldenburg from 1980 until his death.[2][3] He was the titular eighth Duke of Schleswig-Holstein and Duke of Glücksburg, traditionally styled as His Highness.[3] He was a male-line descendant of Christian I of Denmark, and also descended cognatically from numerous more recent monarchs, including Queen Victoria, Emperor Alexander II of Russia and several more recent Danish kings.

House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg[edit]

The House of Oldenburg — in one of its cadet branches — is patrilineally the royal house of Denmark (since 1448), Norway (1450–1818 and since 1905), and the United Kingdom (since 2022), and has been the reigning dynasty of several other countries including Greece, Sweden and Russia.[3] As such, Christoph was the agnatic head of the family that at his death included Margrethe II of Denmark,[4] Harald V of Norway, Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece and, patrilineally,[5] Charles III of the United Kingdom. His great-great-grandfather, Friedrich, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, was the older brother of Christian IX of Denmark, and through him Christoph was heir by male primogeniture to the Danish title Duke of Glücksburg conferred by the Danish crown in 1825.[3] Christoph was also, cognatically, a descendant of Queen Victoria and Alexander II of Russia.[6]


Christoph was born in Louisenlund Castle in Güby, near Eckernförde, Schleswig-Holstein, West Germany, the eldest son of Peter, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein (1922–1980), and his wife Princess Marie Alix of Schaumburg-Lippe (1923-2021). He has a diploma in Agricultural Engineering.[3] Christoph served as a Reservist in the German Army for two years holding the rank of lieutenant.[7]

He succeeded to the headship of the ducal house on 30 September 1980 following the death of his father. While possession of the united duchies of Schleswig and Holstein had been allocated by a series of wars and treaties since the First Schleswig War of 1848 and the London Protocol of 1852, the ducal title was borne by Christoph's father and paternal grandfather (as inherited from his great-grandfather, Friedrich Ferdinand, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg in 1934). However Christoph was known also by the title which is shared by male cadets of the dynasty, "Prince of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg".[3]

Since 1980, Christoph chaired the board of the family foundation that owns the ancestral castle, Glücksburg Castle. He was a founding member of the GLC Glücksburg Consulting Group and serves as chairman of its advisory board. He resided in Grünholz near Schwansen where he has business interests in agriculture, forestry and real estate.[8] He was the owner of the Grünholz and Bienebek estates and was one of the largest landowners of Schleswig-Holstein. His sister, Princess Ingeborg, chairs the board of a further family foundation, the Stiftung Louisenlund.


Christoph married Princess Elisabeth of Lippe-Weissenfeld (born 28 July 1957 in Munich), daughter of Prince Alfred Karl Friedrich Georg Franz of Lippe-Weissenfeld (b. 1922) and wife Baroness Irmgard Julinka Wagner von Wehrborn (b. 1928), at Glücksburg civilly on 23 September 1981 and religiously on 3 October.

Christoph and Elisabeth had four children:

Titles and Styles

22 August 1949-10 February 1965: His Highness Prince Christoph of Schleswig-Holstein

10 February 1965-30 September 1980: His Highness The Hereditary Prince of Schleswig-Holstein

30 September 1980-27 September 2023 His Highness The Prince of Schleswig-Holstein

Military Title

-Leutnant Prinz zu Schleswig-Holstein (or Lieutenant Prince of Schleswig-Holstein)



  1. Burke's Royal Families of the World I Europe & Latin America ISBN 0850110238 p 282
  2. Burke's Royal Families of the World, p. 60. ISBN 0-85011-023-8.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XVI. Haus Holstein. C.A. Starke Verlag, 2001, pp.44-50. (German). ISBN 3-7980-0824-8.
  4. Burke's Royal Families of the World ISBN 0-85011-023-8 p. 60
  5. Burke's Royal Families of the World ISBN 0-85011-023-8 p. 325
  6. Michel Huberty, L'Allemagne dynastique, Volume 7, Giraud, 1994, ISBN 2-901138-07-1, ISBN 978-2-901138-07-5
  7. "Christoph, Prinz zu Schleswig-Holstein". GLC Glücksburg Consulting Group. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2008.
  8. "Family". Glücksburg Castle. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2008.
  9. Descendants of Queen Victoria's siblings
  10. "Elisabeth, Prinzessin zur Lippe-Weissenfeld : Genealogics".

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Christoph, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 22 August 1949 Died: 27 September 2023
Preceded by
Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
30 September 1980 - 27 September 2023
Reason for succession failure:
Duchy annexed by Prussia in 1866
Succeeded by
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