Princess Christine Elisabeth of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg

Princess Christine Elisabeth
Duchess consort of Saxe-Weimar
Tenure1662–1679
PredecessorEleonore Dorothea of Anhalt-Dessau
SuccessorVacant (Title next held by Charlotte Marie of Saxe-Jena)
Born(1638-06-23)23 June 1638
Sonderburg
Died7 June 1679(1679-06-07) (aged 40)
Weimar
SpouseJohn Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar
IssueAnna Dorothea, Abbess of Quedlinburg
Wilhelmine Christine, Countess of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
Eleonore Sophie, Duchess of Saxe-Merseburg-Lauchstädt
William Ernest, Duke of Saxe-Weimar
John Ernest III, Duke of Saxe-Weimar
FatherJohn Christian, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg
MotherAnna of Oldenburg-Delmenhorst

Princess Christine Elisabeth of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg (23 June 1638 – 7 June 1679), was a German noblewoman member of the House of Oldenburg and by marriage Duchess of Saxe-Weimar.

Born in Sonderburg, she was the second of the four children born from the marriage of John Christian, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg, and Countess Anna of Oldenburg-Delmenhorst. From her three older and younger siblings, two survive adulthood: Dorothea Auguste (by marriage Landgravine of Hesse-Darmstadt) and Christian Adolph, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg.[1][2]

Life

In Weimar on 14 August 1656, Christine Elisabeth married John Ernest, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Weimar. They had five children:

  1. Anna Dorothea (Weimar, 12 November 1657 – Quedlinburg, 23 June 1704), Abbess of Quedlinburg (1685).
  2. Wilhelmine Christine (Weimar, 26 January 1658 – Sondershausen, 30 June 1712), married on 25 September 1684 to Christian William I, Count of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen.
  3. Eleonore Sophie (Weimar, 22 March 1660 – Lauchstädt, 4 February 1687), married on 9 July 1684 to Philipp, Duke of Saxe-Merseburg-Lauchstädt.
  4. William Ernest, Duke of Saxe-Weimar (Weimar, 19 October 1662 – Weimar, 26 August 1728).
  5. John Ernest III, Duke of Saxe-Weimar (Weimar, 22 June 1664 – Weimar, 10 May 1707).

After the death of her father-in-law (1662), she became Duchess of Saxe-Weimar.

She died in Weimar aged 40. She was buried in the Fürstengruft, Weimar.[3]