Sophia Dorothea of Celle

Sophia Dorothea of Celle

the Electoral Princess of Hanover + the Hereditary Princess of Brunswick-lüneburg
Born Sep 15, 1666
Hometown Celle
Died Nov 13, 1726
Death Place Ahlden

Sophia Dorothea of Brunswick and Luneburg (15 September 1666 – 13 November 1726) was the wife and cousin of George Louis, Elector of Hanover, later George I of Great Britain, and mother of George II through an arranged marriage of state, instigated by the machinations of Duchess Sophia of Hanover. She is best remembered for her affair with Philip Christoph von Königsmarck that led to her being imprisoned in Castle of Ahlden for the last thirty years of her life.… Read More

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1666 Birth Sophia Dorothea of Brunswick-Lüneburg was born on 15 September 1666, the only child of George William, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg by his long term mistress, Eleonore d'Esmier d'Olbreuse (1639 - 1722), Countess of Williamsburg, a Huguenot lady, the daughter of Alexander II d'Esmiers, Marquess of Olbreuse. George eventually married his daughter's mother officially in 1676 (they had been married morganatically previously). … Read More


1682 15 Years Old On 22 November 1682, Sophia Dorothea married her cousin, George Louis, who inherited the Principality of Lüneburg after the death of his father-in-law and uncle, George William in 1705, and also later inherited the Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland and became George I through his mother, Duchess Sophia, a granddaughter of King James I. … Read More
1683 16 Years Old Things seemed better after their first two children, a son named George Augustus born in 1683 and a daughter named after her in 1686. … Read More


1688 21 Years Old On 1 March 1688 he reminded her of their previous acquaintance, and the two renewed it. … Read More
1692 25 Years Old In 1692, the early letters were shown to the newly appointed Elector Ernest Augustus (Sophia Dorothea's father-in-law). … Read More
1694 27 Years Old Königsmarck presumably was killed while assisting her in a futile attempt to escape from Hanover. In 1694 the Count disappeared (several guards and the Countess Platen confessed on their deathbeds to being involved in his death); the princess was divorced by her husband and nevertheless imprisoned at the Castle of Ahlden.


1726 59 Years Old Sophia Dorothea became ill in August 1726 and had to stay in bed, which she never left again. … Read More


1726 60 Years Old She remained in captivity until her death more than 30 years later on 13 November 1726. … Read More
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