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Princess Louise of Denmark (1875–1906)

Princess Louise of Denmark (1875–1906)

The basics
Quick Facts
Gender female
Birth 17 February 1875 (Copenhagen)
Death 4 April 1906 (Ratibořice)
Mother: Louise of Sweden
Father: Frederick VIII of Denmark
Siblings: Haakon VII of NorwayChristian X of DenmarkPrince Harald of DenmarkPrince Gustav of DenmarkPrincess Ingeborg of DenmarkPrincess Thyra of DenmarkPrincess Dagmar of Denmark
Spouse: Prince Frederick of Schaumburg-Lippe
Children: Prince Christian of Schaumburg-LippeMarie-Luise Dagmar Bathildis Charlotte Prinzessin zu Schaumburg-Lippe
The details

Princess Louise of Denmark (Louise Caroline Josephine Sophie Thyra Olga) (17 February 1875 – 4 April 1906) was a Danish princess, the third child and oldest daughter of Frederick VIII of Denmark and his wife, Princess Louise of Sweden and Norway.

Early life

Princess Louise with her mother, Crown Princess Louise.

Princess Louise was born at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen on 17 February 1875. Her father was Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark, later King Frederick VIII. Her mother was Louise of Sweden, daughter of Charles XV, King of Sweden and Norway.


She married Prince Frederick of Schaumburg-Lippe (1868–1945) at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen on 5 May 1896. They had three children.

The marriage was an unhappy one and Princess Louise spent much time visiting her family, staying for 2 to 3 months at a time. Her father also came and visited with her each year.


Princess Louise died at Ratiboritz Castle on 4 April 1906. She and her father-in-law Prince William of Schaumburg-Lippe died five hours apart at the family castle in Nachod, Bohemia.

The official cause of death of Princess Louise was "cerebral inflammation" caused by meningitis, after weeks of being ill. It is rumoured she attempted to drown herself in the castle lake on her husband's estate, Ratiboritz, and caught a chill in the attempt, eventually leading to her death. She was the first of the king's children to die.


Frederick and Louise had three children:

  • HSH Princess Marie Luise Dagmar Bathildis Charlotte of Schaumburg-Lippe (10 February 1897 – 1 October 1938) She married Prince Friedrich Sigismund of Prussia and had issue. Prince Friedrich died in a riding accident after a fall from his horse.
  • HSH Prince Christian Nikolaus Wilhelm Friedrich Albert Ernst of Schaumburg-Lippe (20 February 1898 – 13 July 1974) He married his first cousin, Princess Feodora of Denmark and had issue.
  • HSH Princess Stephanie Alexandra Hermine Thyra Xenia Bathildis Ingeborg of Schaumburg-Lippe (19 December 1899 – 2 May 1925). She married Viktor Adolf, Prince of Bentheim and Steinfurt and had two sons; Prince Alexis (30 July 1922 – 2 December 1943, KIA over the Mediterranean) and Prince Christian (b. 9 December 1923). Stephanie died in childbirth with twin boys. Both boys died on 2 May 1925, one stillborn, the other living only a few hours.


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