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Princess Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

Princess Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

German princess
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German princess
Gender female
Birth 11 May 1894
Death 28 January 1972 (Salzburg)
Mother: Princess Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
Father: Friedrich FerdinandDuke of Schleswig-Holstein
Siblings: Princess Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-GlücksburgPrincess Helena Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-GlücksburgPrincess Alexandra Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-GlücksburgPrincess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein
Children: Countess Viktoria-Luise of Solms-Baruth
Princess Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
The details

Princess Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (Viktoria-Irene Adelheid Auguste Alberta Feodora Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg; 11 May 1894 – 28 January 1972) was a member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and Princess of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg by birth and a member of the House of Solms Baruth and Countess of Solms Baruth through her marriage to Count Hans of Solms-Baruth.

Early life

Princess Karoline Mathilde's birth place Grünholz Manor, photographed in 2010.

Princess Karoline Mathilde was born on 11 May 1894 at Grünholz Manor, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia, the sixth child of Frederick Ferdinand, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderbug-Glücksburg and his wife Princess Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg.

Frederick Ferdinand was the eldest son of Friedrich, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and a nephew of Christian IX of Denmark. Upon the death of his father in 1885, he had succeeded to the headship of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and the title of duke. Her eldest sister, Victoria Adelaide was the consort of Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.


She married Count Hans of Solms-Baruth on 27 May 1920 at Glücksburg Castle. Count Hans was the third son of Friedrich II, Prince of Solms-Baruth and his wife Countess Luise of Hochberg and a younger brother of Hereditary Prince Friedrich of Solms Baruth, the husband of Karoline Mathilde's elder sister Adelaide. Solms-Baruth was one of the many minor states of the Holy Roman Empire, located in Lower Lusatia. It had lost its independence in the German Mediatization of 1806.

Karoline Mathilde and Hans had three children:

  • Countess Viktoria-Luise Frederica Caroline Matildhe of Solms-Baruth (13 March 1921 – 1 March 2003)
  • Count Friedrich Hans of Solms-Baruth (3 March 1923 – 13 November 2006)
  • Count Hubertus of Solms-Baruth (7 December 1934 – 22 October 1991)
  • C. Arnold McNaughton, The Book of Kings: A Royal Genealogy, in 3 volumes (London, U.K.: Garnstone Press, 1973), volume 1, page 175. Hereinafter cited as The Book of Kings.

Later life

In 1942, her daughter Viktoria married her first cousin Prince Friedrich Josias of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, youngest son of her sister Victoria Adelaide, and later the pretender to the ducal throne of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Count Hans died on 9 October 1971 in Salzburg, Austria. Countess Karoline Mathilde died on 28 January 1972, also in Salzburg.


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