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Princess Dorothea of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Princess Dorothea of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

German princess
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German princess
Gender female
Birth April 30, 1888 (Vienna)
Death January 21, 1967 (Dischingen)
Mother: Princess Louise of Belgium
Father: Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Spouse: Ernst GuntherDuke of Schleswig-Holstein
The details

Princess Dorothea Maria Henriette Auguste Louise of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (30 April 1881 – 21 January 1967) was a princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (German: Prinzessin von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha) by birth and the duchess of Schleswig-Holstein (German: Herzogin zu Sachsen) through her marriage to Ernst Gunther, duke of Schleswig-Holstein. Dorothea was born in Vienna, Austria, the second child and only daughter of Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Princess Louise of Belgium.

Marriage and children

Dorothea married Ernst Gunther, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, fifth child and third-eldest son of Frederick VIII, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein and his wife Princess Adelheid of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, on 2 August 1898 in Coburg, Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

Dorothea and Ernst Gunther had no children. In 1920, they adopted Princess Marie Luise (1908–1969) and Prince Johann Georg of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (1911–1941), son and daughter of Prince Albrecht of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and his wife Countess Ortrud of Ysenburg und Büdingen. Marie Luise and Johann Georg were grandchildren of Friedrich, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, an older brother of Christian IX of Denmark.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • Her Highness Princess Dorothea of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duchess of Saxony (30 April 1881 – 2 August 1898)
  • Her Highness The Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein (2 August 1898 – 22 February 1921)
  • Her Highness The Dowager Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein (22 February 1921 – 21 January 1967)


Princess Dorothea died at Schloss Taxis, Dischingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, aged 85.

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