Sophia Dorothea of Celle

Sophia Dorothea of Celle

the Electoral Princess of Hanover + the Hereditary Princess of Brunswick-lüneburg
Born Sep 15, 1666

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 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.
1676 9 Years Old George William 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, in Celle, Sophia Dorothea married her cousin, George Louis. … Read More


1688 21 Years Old …  On 1 March 1688 he reminded her of their previous acquaintance, which they then renewed. … Read More
1690 23 Years Old In 1690, he left to join the German mercenaries serving in the Morean War (formerly commanded by his uncle). … 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


1726 59 Years Old Sophia Dorothea fell ill in August 1726 and took to her bed, which she never left again. … Read More


1726 60 Years Old Died on November 13, 1726.
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