[Translate to Englisch:] Schloss Glücksburg Park und See

The castle's significant role in Europe

[Translate to Englisch:] Schloss Glücksburg Ausblick auf das Wasser

Being an important work of Renaissance architecture, Schloss Glücksburg, which is located south of the Flensburg Fjord, is one of the major cultural attractions in Schleswig-Holstein, and it is considered the cradle of European royal houses.

While Duke Johann the Younger went down in history as the castle’s builder, King Christian IX (1818- 1906) became the originator of Schloss Glücksburg’s reputation as being the cradle of European royal houses. So, after the death of his father, Duke Wilhelm, in 1831, Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg was called to Copenhagen, where the King of Denmark himself took care of his further upbringing and education.

In 1837 he represented the Danish court at the coronation of Queen Victoria in Westminster Abbey. In 1842 he married Louise of Hesse-Kassel. . In 1853 Prince Christian, who was a direct descendant of the Oldenburg Royal Family, was ordained as the successor to Friedrich VII who remained childless. After the death of Friedrich VII at Schloss Glücksburg on 15 November 1863, the Prince was enthroned. Due to the German-Danish War of 1864, the beginning of his reign marked the end of the personal union of the Dukedoms of Holstein and Schleswig and the Kingdom of Denmark which had existed since 1460. As King Christian IX, he became the progenitor of the current Glücksburg line on the Danish throne. Christian became known as the “Father-in-Law of Europe”.

[Translate to Englisch:] Eingang und Auffahrt

His eldest daughter, Alexandra, married the future English king Edward VII; another daughter, Dagmar, under the name of Maria Fjodorovna, wed the future Tsar Alexander III, while his youngest daughter, Thyra, married Duke Ernst August of Cumberland, the pretender to the throne of Hanover who lived in Austrian exile. In May 1863 his son, Wilhelm, under the name of Georg I, was proclaimed “King of the Hellenes” by the Greek National Assembly. And, in 1905, his grandson, Carl, was elected King Haakon VII of Norway. Through Christian IX, Glücksburg became the ancestral home of the Danish, Norwegian and Greek Royal Houses. Christoph Prince of Schleswig-Holstein is a cousin of the Queen of Denmark.

Only the descendants of Queen Victoria can compete with the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg on the European “marriage market” of the higher nobility. The descendants of Christian IX can be found in the royal families of the following countries: Belgium, England, France, Greece, on the Balkans, Luxemburg, Monaco, Norway, Rumania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Germany and Austria.

The ancestral Glücksburg castle provided the central point for a documentary, “King Christian IX and his European descendants”, produced by Danish television. The series, which was shown in several parts, was very successful in Denmark and has been broadcast in more than 100 countries. It was accompanied by a coffee-table book, which has been issued in several editions.