Today in History - On this Day - January 23rd. 1674 - Dorothea Christina of Aichelberg

January 23rd. 1674 marks the birth of Dorothea Christina of Aichelberg.
This event took place in Plön, Schleswig-Holstein, North-Germany.



Dorothea Christina of Aichelberg was the daughter of Hofmeister
John Francis von Aichelberg and Anna Sophia von Trautenburg.
The family was in the nobility from the early 16th. century.

Dorothea Christina of Aichelberg became a lady's maid from
Duchess Elisabeth Charlotte of Anhalt-Harzgerode.

After the death of Duke Augustus (husband of Duchess Elisabeth),
Dorothea Chirstina started a relationship with
Prince Christian Charles of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön-Norburg.

On February 20th. 1702 Prince Christian Charles married his
Dorothea Christina secretly. He made an arrangement with his elder
brother that he would change his family name in Karlstein. When his
brother would die without male heirs, his son would became duke.
The couple would have 3 children.

After her husband's death in 1706 at the age of 31, Dorothea Christina
lived another 56 years as a widow. She spent time on the recognition of
her son as Duke of Schleswig-Holstein.

Finally King Frederick IV of Denmark recognized Frederick Charles,
the son of Dorothea Christina as a true and born Duke of Schleswig-
Holstein. He also gave a higher title to Dorothea Christina.

Dorothea Christina lived the rest of her life at the widow palace in
Plön, there she died on June 22nd. 1722 at the age of 88.

Source picture: Wikipedia - Dorothea Christina is the third from right.