Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ernst Gunther, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein - dead

February 23, 1921

Duke Ernst Gunther of Schleswig-Holstein died yesterday at his home at Primkenau, Silesia, according to a report in the New York Times.  He was 57 years old.

The Duke was the brother of former German Empress Auguste Viktoria.  Her doctors "consider her condition too serious to permit her being informed" of her brother's death.   Auguste Viktoria remains in grave condition at Doorn, in the Netherlands.

The Duke is survived by his wife, the former Princess Dorothea of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.  The couple had no children, and he is succeeded by his cousin, Prince Albert of Schleswig-Holstein, son of the late Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, and his wife, Princess Helena of Great Britain.

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