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Dorothea of Denmark, Duchess of Prussia

Dorothea of Denmark, Duchess of Prussia

Duchess consort of Prussia
Dorothea of Denmark, Duchess of Prussia
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Intro Duchess consort of Prussia
A.K.A. Duchess Dorothea of Prussia, Dorothea af Danmark
Was Noble Aristocrat Consort
From Norway Denmark Germany Russia
Type Royals
Gender female
Birth 1 August 1504, Gottorf Castle, Germany
Death 11 April 1547, Königsberg, Prussia (aged 42 years)
Star sign Leo
Family
Mother: Anna of Brandenburg
Father: Frederick I of Denmark
Siblings: Elizabeth of Denmark, Duchess of MecklenburgDorothea of Denmark, Duchess of MecklenburgChristian III of DenmarkJohn II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-HaderslevAdolf, Duke of Holstein-GottorpFrederick of Denmark (bishop)
Spouse: Albert, Duke in Prussia
Children: Anna Sophie of Prussia Friedrich Albrecht von HohenzollernKatharina von HohenzollernLucia Dorothea von HohenzollernLucia von HohenzollernAlbrecht von Hohenzollern
Dorothea of Denmark, Duchess of Prussia
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Biography

Dorothea of Denmark (1 August 1504 – 11 April 1547), was a Duchess of Prussia by marriage to Duke Albert, Duke of Prussia. She was the daughter of King Frederick I of Denmark and Anna of Brandenburg.

Life

After her father's accession to the throne in 1523 a marriage was suggested to the English claimant to the throne, Duke Richard of Suffolk, who was supported by King Francis of France, but without success.

In 1525, she received a proposal from the newly made Duke of Prussia. The marriage was arranged by her father's German chancellor Wolfgang von Utenhof. The wedding was conducted 12 February 1526 and Dorothea arrived with a large entourage in Königsberg in June.

Dorothea had a very good relationship with Albert and this contributed to a good and active contact between Denmark and Prussia which continued during her brother's reign and until her death. Dorothea and her spouse corresponded with her brother, the king of Denmark, and acted as his political advisors. Dorothea and Albert were present at the coronation of Christian III of Denmark in Copenhagen in 1537; they also acted as foster-parents of her nephew Duke Hans of Denmark in 1536–1542.

The Königsberg Cathedral has a monument of her.

Issue

  • Anna Sophia (11 June 1527 – 6 February 1591), married John Albert I, Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow.
  • Katharina (b. and d. 24 February 1528).
  • Frederick Albert (5 December 1529 – 1 January 1530).
  • Lucia Dorothea (8 April 1531 – 1 February 1532).
  • Lucia (3 February 1537 – May 1539).
  • Albert (b. and d. March 1539).
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