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Ortrud Prinzessin zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (Legal name in Germany: Ortrud Prinzessin zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg;[citation needed] Full given names: Ortrud Bertha Adelheid Hedwig), (19 December 1925, FlensburgSchleswig-HolsteinGermany – 6 February 1980) was a member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and a Princess of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg by birth, and through her marriage to Ernest Augustus IV, Prince of Hanover, a member of the House of Hanover and Princess consort of Hanover (30 January 1953 – 6 February 1980).

 Ortrud was the daughter of Prince Albrecht of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (1863–1948) and his second wife, Princess Hertha of Ysenburg and Büdingen (1883–1972), daughter of Bruno, 3rd Prince of Ysenburg and Büdingen.

Ortrud married Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover (later Ernest Augustus IV, Prince of Hanover) on 31 August 1951 at Marienburg Castle,NordstemmenHanover, Germany in a civil marriage ceremony. They were remarried four days later in a religious ceremony in Hanover. Ernest Augustus and Ortrud had six children:

After Ortrud’s death in 1980, her widower husband Ernest Augustus married Ortrud’s first cousin once removedCountess Monika of Solms-Laubach in 1981.

 Titles and styles

  • 19 December 1925 – 31 August 1951: Her Serene Highness Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
  • 31 August 1951 – 30 January 1953: Her Royal Highness Princess Ernst August of Hanover
  • 30 January 1953 – 6 February 1980: Her Royal Highness The Princess of Hanover

Prince Ernst August IV and Princess Ortrud of Hanover with their 6 children, from top: Princess Marie, Prince Ernst August, Prince Ludwig Rudolph, Princess Olga, Princess Alexandra, and Prince Heinrich Julius.