Countess Louise Sophie Danneskiold-Samsøe

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Louise Sophie of Danneskiold-Samsøe
Duchess consort of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
Tenure18 September 1820 – 11 March 1867
Born(1796-09-22)22 September 1796
Gisselfeld, Denmark
Died11 March 1867(1867-03-11) (aged 70)
Primkenau, Prussia
SpouseChristian August II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
IssueAlexander, Hereditary Prince
Princess Louise Auguste
Princess Caroline Amelie
Princess Wilhelmine
Frederick VIII
Prince Christian
Princess Henriette
HouseHouse of Danneskiold-Samsøe
FatherChristian Conrad, Count af Danneskiold-Samsøe
MotherJohanne Henriette Valentine Kaas

Countess Louise Sophie of Danneskiold-Samsøe (22 September 1796 – 11 March 1867) was a member of a Danish noble family descended illegitimately from Christian V of Denmark, and the wife of Christian August II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg. She was the grandmother of German Empress Auguste Victoria, wife of the last German Emperor Wilhelm II.[1]

Early life

Countess Louise Sophie of Danneskiold-Samsøe was born on 22 September 1796 in Gisselfeld, Denmark to Christian Conrad, Count af Danneskiold-Samsøe (1774–1823) and his wife Johanne Henriette Valentine Kaas (1776–1843), daughter of the Danish Admiral Frederik Christian Kaas and a descendant of the war hero Jørgen Kaas. The House of Danneskiold-Samsøe is a non-dynastic branch of the House of Oldenburg, descended from Christian Gyldenløve, Count of Samsø, an illegitimate son of Christian V of Denmark by his mistress Sophie Amalie Moth.

Marriage and issue

On 18 September 1820 she married her second cousin Christian August II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg at the Church of Braaby, Gisselfeld. They had seven children:[2]

Later life and death

Louise Sophie died on 11 March 1867 in Primkenau in the Kingdom of Prussia, aged 70 and was buried in the Lutheran church of Primkenau.[3]


Her descendants include: Auguste Viktoria, German Empress, Queen Frederica of the Hellenes, Constantine II of Greece, Queen Sofía of Spain, Felipe VI of Spain and Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.




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