Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

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Princess Ortrud
Princess of Hanover
Duchess of Brunswick
(Courtesy titles)
Born(1925-12-19)19 December 1925
Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Died6 February 1980(1980-02-06) (aged 54)
Schulenburg, Pattensen, Lower Saxony, Germany
Burial8 February 1980
Schloss Marienburg, Pattensen, Lower Saxony, Germany
SpouseErnest Augustus, Prince of Hanover (m. 1951)
IssuePrincess Marie, Countess von Hochberg
Ernst August, Prince of Hanover
Prince Ludwig Rudolph
Princess Olga
Alexandra, Princess of Leiningen
Prince Heinrich
Full name
Ortrud Bertha Adelaide Hedwig
FatherPrince Albrecht of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
MotherPrincess Hertha of Ysenburg and Büdingen

Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg[1][2][3][4][5] (Ortrud Prinzessin zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg; Full given names: Ortrud Bertha Adelheid Hedwig), (19 December 1925 – 6 February 1980) was a member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg by birth, and through her marriage to Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover (1914–1987), a member of the House of Hanover.


Ortrud was born on 19 December 1925, in Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Her parents were the Prince Albrecht of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (1863–1948) and his second wife, Princess Hertha of Ysenburg and Büdingen (1883–1972), daughter of Bruno, 3rd Prince of Ysenburg and Büdingen.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Ortrud married Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover on 31 August 1951 at Marienburg Castle, Nordstemmen, Hanover, Germany in a civil marriage ceremony.[5] They were remarried four days later in a religious ceremony in Hanover. Ernest Augustus and Ortrud had six children:[2]

  • Princess Marie Viktoria Luise Hertha Friederike of Hanover (b. 1952); married Count Michael von Hochberg and had issue.
  • Ernst August Albert Paul Otto Rupprecht Oskar Berthold Friedrich-Ferdinand Christian Ludwig, Prince of Hanover (b. 1954); married firstly Chantal Hochuli and had issue, married secondly Princess Caroline of Monaco, and had issue.
  • Prince Ludwig Rudolph Georg Wilhelm Philipp Friedrich Wolrad Maximilian of Hanover (1955–1988); married Countess Isabelle von Thurn und Valsassina-Como-Vercelli (1962–1988) with whom he had one son, Prince Otto Heinrich of Hanover. Ludwig committed suicide shortly after discovering the body of his wife, who had died of a drug overdose.
  • Princess Olga Sophie Charlotte Anna of Hanover (b. 1958)
  • Princess Alexandra Irene Margaretha Elisabeth Bathildis of Hanover (b. 1959); married Andreas, 8th Prince of Leiningen, and had issue.
  • Prince Heinrich Julius Christian Otto Friedrich Franz Anton Günther of Hanover (b. 1961); married Thyra von Westernhagen and had issue (including a son, Albert, born on the 138th anniversary of the death of his ancestor, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

After Ortrud's death in 1980, her widower husband Ernest Augustus married Ortrud's first cousin once removed, Countess Monika zu Solms-Laubach, in 1981.[5] Ernest Augustus and Ortrud are buried on a round bastion of Marienburg Castle (Hanover).

Titles, styles, and honours[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

These are traditional, rather than legal, styles and titles sometimes used by courtesy.

  • 19 December 1925 – 31 August 1951: Her Highness[3] Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
  • 31 August 1951 – 30 January 1953: Her Royal Highness Princess Ernest Augustus of Hanover
  • 30 January 1953 – 6 February 1980: Her Royal Highness[3] The Princess of Hanover, Duchess of Brunswick


  • Kingdom of Hanover House of Hanover: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order[citation needed]
  • Kingdom of Greece Greek royal family: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Saints Olga and Sophia.[citation needed]


References and notes[edit]

  1. In 1919 royalty and nobility were mandated to lose their privileges in Germany, hereditary titles were to be legally borne thereafter only as part of the surname, according to Article 109 of the Weimar Constitution. Styles such as majesty and highness were not retained. Archived 24 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  2. 2.0 2.1 Montgomery-Massinberd, Hugh (1972). Burke's Guide to the Royal Family. London: Burke's Peerage, Ltd. pp. 277, 290. ISBN 0-220-66222-3. Search this book on Logo.png
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Almanach de Gotha. Justus Perthes, Gotha, 1944, pp. 66-67.
  4. Eilers, Marlene. Queen Victoria's Descendants. Rosvall Royal Books, Falkoping, Sweden, 1997. p. 128. ISBN 91-630-5964-9 Search this book on Logo.png.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, pp. 58–62, 66. (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1 Search this book on Logo.png.
Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 19 December 1925 Died: 6 February 1980
Royal titles
Preceded by
Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia
Consort of the Head of the House of Hanover
30 January 1953 – 6 February 1980
Succeeded by
Countess Monika zu Solms-Laubach

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