The houses relevance in history
Prince Charles of Wales visited his relatives in Schloss Glücksburg (02/08/1988). From left: Prince Friedrich Ferdinand, Princess Ingeborg, Duchess Marie-Alix, Prince Charles and Princess Elizabeth and Prince Christopher and her children
Glücksburg Castle, south of Flensburg outer fjord is, the main work of the Renaissance architecture of the largest cultural attractions in Schleswig-Holstein and is considered the cradle of European royalty.
The palace complex was built in 1583-1587 by Duke Johann the Younger (1545-1622). His eponymous slogan "God grant happiness with peace - GgGmF", there is still above the entrance.
As he went down in history as the builder, founded King Christian IX. of Denmark (1818-1906) Castle Glücksburg reputation as "the cradle of European royalty." Sun Prince Christian was brought after the death of his father, Duke William (1831) of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg to Copenhagen where the Danish king saw himself for his future education and training.
In 1838 he represented the Danish court at the coronation of Queen Victoria in Westminster Abbbey. In 1842 he married Louise of Hesse-Kassel. In 1853, Prince Christian, who was descended in direct line from the Oldenburg monarchy, determined to succeed the childless Frederick VII. After Frederick's death on 15 November 1863 on Castle Glücksburg Prince ascended the throne. At the beginning of his reign was the end of the existing personal union since 1460 the duchies with Denmark.
When King Christian IX. He was the progenitor of the present Glücksburg line to the Danish throne.
He became known as the "father of Europe". His eldest daughter, Alexandra, married the future Edward VII of England, daughter Dagmar married under the name Maria Fyodorovna later Tsar Alexander III., And the youngest daughter, Thyra, married Duke Ernst August of Cumberland, the pretender to the throne of the Austrian exiled Hanover. In May 1863 the Greek National Assembly, his son William George I was elected as "King of the Hellenes." In 1905, his grandson Charles as King Haakon VII of Norway was elected. By Christian IX. Glücksburg Castle was the root of the Danish, Norwegian and Greek royal family. Prince Christoph's 4th cousin Degree of the Danish queen.
Only the descendants of Queen Victoria can compete with the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg on the European "marriage market" of the nobility.
The descendants of Christian IX. found in the royal families of the following countries: Belgium, England, France, Greece, Yugoslavia, Luxembourg, Monaco, Norway, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Germany and Austria.
In 2002/2003 by Danish television documentary series produced by "King Christian IX. And his European descendants" was the ancestral castle Glücksburg the starting point for the shooting. The multi-part series was a huge success in Denmark and has since aired in over 100 countries. Accompanying the series was published an illustrated book that is now passed through several editions.http://www.schloss-glueck.../bedeutung-in-europa.html