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Countess Louise Sophie of Danneskiold-Samsøe

Countess Louise Sophie of Danneskiold-Samsøe

The basics
A.K.A. Lluïsa Sofia de Danneskiold-Samsøe
Gender female
Birth September 22, 1796 (Gisselfeld, Faxe Municipality, Region Zealand, Denmark)
Death March 11, 1867
Father: Christian Conrad, Count of Danneskiold-Samsøe
Spouse: Christian August II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
Children: Prince Christian of Schleswig-HolsteinFrederick VIII, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
The details

Countess Louise Sophie af Danneskiold-Samsøe (1796 – 1867) was a member of a Danish noble family descended illegitimately from Christian V of Denmark and the wife of Christian August II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg. She was the grandmother of German Empress Auguste Victoria, wife of the last German Emperor Wilhelm II.

Early life

Countess Louise Sophie af Danneskiold-Samsøe was born on 22 September 1796 in Gisselfeld, Denmark to Christian Conrad, Count af Danneskiold-Samsøe (1774–1823) and his wife Johanne Henriette Valentine Kaas (1776–1843), daughter of the Danish Admiral Frederik Christian Kaas and a descendant of the war hero Jørgen Kaas. The House of Danneskiold-Samsøe is a non-dynastic branch of the House of Oldenburg, descended from Christian Gyldenløve, Count of Samsø, an illegitimate son of Christian V of Denmark by his mistress Sophie Amalie Moth.

Marriage and issue

On 18 September 1820 she married Christian August II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg at the Church of Braaby, Gisselfeld. They had seven children:

  • Prince Alexander Frederick William Christian Charles Augustus (20 July 1821 - 3 May 1823), died young
  • Princess Louise Auguste (28 August 1823 - 30 May 1872)
  • Princess Caroline Amelie (15 January 1826 - 3 May 1901)
  • Princess Wilhelmine (24 March 1828 - 4 July 1829)
  • Prince Frederick Christian August (6 July 1829 - 14 January 1880), later Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg. He married Princess Adelheid of Hohenlohe-Langenburg became father of one surviving son and a number of daughters including Augusta Viktoria, German Empress.
  • Frederick Christian Charles Augustus (22 January 1831 – 28 October 1917), he married Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, and settled in England. They were the parents of Albert, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein.
  • Princess Caroline Christiane Auguste Emilie Henriette Elisabeth (2 August 1833 - 18 October 1917), married in 1872 Johann Friedrich von Esmarch (9 January 1823 - 23 February 1908)

Later life and death

Louise Sophie died on 11 March 1867 in Primkenau in the Kingdom of Prussia, aged 70 and was buried in the Lutheran church of Primkenau.


Her descendants include: Auguste Viktoria, German Empress, Queen Frederica of the Hellenes, Constantine II of Greece, Queen Sofía of Spain, Felipe VI of Spain and Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.


Titles and styles

  • 22 September 1796 – 18 September 1820: Countess Louise Sophie af Danneskiold-Samsøe
  • 18 September 1820 – 11 March 1867: Her Serene Highness the Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg

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