Ferdinand, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein

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Friedrich Ferdinand
Prince of Schleswig-Holstein
Head of the House of Glücksburg
Tenure 27 September 2023 – present
Predecessor Prince Christoph
Heir apparent Prince Alfred
Oldenburg line of succession
Position 17th
Predecessor Duke Konstantin of Oldenburg
Successor Prince Alfred of Schleswig-Holstein
British line of succession
Position c. 200s
Predecessor Prince Ludwig of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Successor Prince Alfred of Schleswig-Holstein
Born (1985-07-19) 19 July 1985 (age 38)
Eckernförde, Schleswig-Holstein, West Germany
Spouse Anjuta Buchholz
  • Prince Alfred
  • Prince Albert
House Glücksburg
Father Christoph, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein
Mother Princess Elisabeth of Lippe-Weissenfeld

Friedrich Ferdinand, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein (born 19 July 1985)[1] is a German prince and the current Head of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, which currently reign in Norway, Denmark and the United Kingdom and its Commonwealth Realms,[lower-alpha 1] and it reigned in Greece, even though he does not belong to any of those branches which make up different royal families. He is a successful businessman in Germany.


Birth and education[edit]

Prince Ferdinand was born at Eckernförde, Schleswig-Holstein, in West Germany. He is the second child and eldest son of Christoph, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein and his wife Princess Elisabeth of Lippe-Weissenfeld.[1]

As heir apparent to the headship of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg from birth, Prince Ferdinand's education centred around one day taking over the running of the family business and estate.

After studying economics in Hamburg, Prince Ferdinand obtained a real estate degree in Berlin from the IREBS Real Estate Academy in 2011, before moving to England to spend a year studying for a Master of Business Administration degree in Agricultural Business at the Royal Agricultural University.[2]

Business career[edit]

After three years working in real estate for Quantum Immobilien AG in Hamburg, in 2015 Prince Ferdinand joined the real estate and project development company De Waal Partners as a Managing Partner.[3]

In April 2019 Prince Ferdinand left De Waal to take over the management of the Schleswig-Holstein family business,[3] Herzogliche Verwaltung Grünholz (Ducal Administration Grünholz), which is located at his family's Grünholz estate in northern Schleswig-Holstein.[4] The business has operations in agriculture, forestry, real estate, tourism and investments.[5]

In December of 2019 Prince Ferdinand acquired a stake in Torrefaktum who have a number of coffee shops in Hamburg.[3]

Marriage and children[edit]

In 2017 Prince Ferdinand was married to Anjuta Buchholz. They have two sons together:[6]

  • Prince Alfred
  • Prince Albert

Titles and styles[edit]

Styles of
Ferdinand, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein
Reference styleHis Highness
Spoken styleYour Highness
Alternative styleSir
  • 19 July 1985 – 27 September 2023: His Highness The Hereditary Prince of Schleswig-Holstein
  • 27 September 2023 – present: His Highness The Prince of Schleswig-Holstein

His full title is Prince of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, Heir of Norway, Duke of Schleswig, Holstein, Stormarn and Dithmarschen, as well as of Oldenburg.


  1. King Charles III, although officialy a member of the House of Windsor, is an agnatic member of the House of Glücksburg.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Gothaisches Genealogisches Handbuch, Fürstliche Häuser (2015), Pages 141-142
  2. Company. De Waal Partners. "Geboren 1985, absolvierte er ein Duales Wirtschaftsstudium in Hamburg, erhielt den Immobilienökonom (IRE|BS) in Berlin sowie einen MBA in England. Im Anschluss war Ferdinand zu Schleswig-Holstein im Ankaufsteam der Quantum Immobilien Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft tätig und hat eine Reihe von Immobilientransaktionen begleitet. Ende 2015 trat er als Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter in die DE WAAL PARTNERS GmbH ein."
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Ferdinand zu Schleswig-Holstein LinkedIn
  4. Herzogliche Verwaltung Grünholz
  5. Unternehmen Herzogliche Verwaltung Grünholz
  6. Descendants of Queen Victoria's siblings. Hein Bruins