Christoph, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein

Christoph, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein
Prince of Schleswig-Holstein
Christoph at Grünholz in November 2010
Head of the House of Schleswig-Holstein
Predecessor Peter
Spouse Princess Elisabeth of Lippe-Weissenfeld
Princess Sophie
Prince Friedrich Ferdinand
Prince Constantin
Prince Leopold
House House of Oldenburg
House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Father Peter, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
Mother Princess Marie Alix of Schaumburg-Lippe
Born 22 July 1949 (1949-07-22) (age 62)
Schloss Louisenlund, Schleswig, Schleswig-Holstein, West Germany

Christoph, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein[1][2] (born 22 August 1949)[1][2] has been the head of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and the entire House of Oldenburg since 1980.[3] He is the current titular Duke of Schleswig-Holstein and Duke of Glücksburg, traditionally styled as His Highness.[3]

The House of Oldenburg is the royal house of Denmark (since 1448) and Norway (1450–1818 and since 1905), and has been the royal house of several other countries including Greece, Sweden and Russia;[3] it also includes the heir to the throne of the United Kingdom. As such, he is the head of the family that today includes Margrethe II of Denmark,[4] Harald V of Norway, Constantine II of Greece and, patrilineally,[5] even Charles, Prince of Wales. Christoph is the senior male line descendant of Christian III of Denmark, and as such the heir to the headship of the entire Kalmar Union. His great-great-grandfather, Friedrich, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, was the older brother of Christian IX of Denmark, and through him Christoph is heir by masculine primogeniture to the Danish title Duke of Glucksburg conferred by the Danish crown in 1825.[3] Christoph is also, cognatically, a descendant of Queen Victoria and Alexander II of Russia, and is in the line of succession to the British throne.[6]

Since 1980, he chairs the board of the foundation that owns the ancestral castle of the House of Glücksburg, Glücksburg Castle. He is the owner of the Grünholz estate and is one of the largest land owners of Schleswig-Holstein.



Christoph was born in Schloss Louisenlund,[1][2] the eldest son of Peter, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein (1922–1980) and his wife Princess Marie Alix of Schaumburg-Lippe (b. 1923).[1][2] He has a diplom 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 Christophe's father and paternal grandfather (as inherited from his great-grandfather, Friedrich Ferdinand, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg in 1934). However Christophe has preferred to remain known by the title which is shared by male cadets of the dynasty, "Prince of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg".[3] Since the Kalmar Union was never formally dissolved, it has been asserted that the headship of that union shall have passed from King Christian I through a given line despite changes in the royal houses of each of the three constituent states themselves. If calculated that way, the head of the House of Schleswig-Holstein would still also be the head of that union.

Christoph is a founding member of the GLC Glücksburg Consulting Group and serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board. He resides in Schwansen where he has business interests in agriculture, forestry and real estate.[8]


Christoph married Princess Elisabeth of Lippe-Weissenfeld (b. 1957), daughter of Prince Alfred of Lippe-Weissenfeld and Baroness Irmgard Julinka Wagner von Wehrborn, at Glücksburg civilly on 23 September 1981 and religiously on 3 October.[1][2] Christoph and Elisabeth have four children[1][2]:

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 22 August 1949 – 10 February 1965: His Highness Prince Christoph of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
  • 10 February 1965 – 30 September 1980: His Highness The Hereditary Prince of Schleswig-Holstein
  • 30 September 1980 – present: His Highness The Prince of Schleswig-Holstein

Military title

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


Also see


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Darryl Lundy (20 July 2007). "Christoph Herzog zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg". Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Paul Theroff. "SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Archived from the original on 2008-03-23. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XVI. Haus Holstein. C.A. Starke Verlag, 2001, pp.44-50. ISBN 3-7980-0824-8. In German.
  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 2901138071, ISBN 9782901138075
  7. ^ "Christoph, Prinz zu Schleswig-Holstein". GLC Glücksburg Consulting Group. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  8. ^ "Family". Glücksburg Castle. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 

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Christoph, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 22 August 1949
German royalty
Preceded by
Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
30 September 1980 - present
Reason for succession failure:
Duchy annexed by Prussia in 1866
Friedrich Ferdinand, Hereditary Prince of Schleswig-Holstein
Preceded by
Prince Ludwig of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Line of succession to the British throne Succeeded by
Friedrich Ferdinand, Hereditary Prince of Schleswig-Holstein

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