Princess Louise Augusta of Denmark, or la petite Struensee

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Princess Louise Augusta of Denmark has two profiles, now in a merge ready to be completed. One of the profiles has her as the daughter of Struensee (correctly, I should think), but no mother attached. This one has the LNAB Oldenborg. The other profile has her as simply a princess of Denmark, with Christian VII as Caroline Matilda as her parents.

Since this tree should be genetic, I guess Louise Augusta's father should be Struensee. Can this be confirmed?

As for her LNAB, Danmark obviously does not follow our standards. Her house name is usually spelled Oldenburg (Oldenborg in Danish). Should we keep Oldenborg or switch to Oldenburg?

in Genealogy Help by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (577k points)
recategorized by Jillaine Smith

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by Susan Laursen G2G Astronaut (3.1m points)
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Thanks Isabelle

I don't think we are ever going to confirm whether Struensee is her biological father, though it seems to be accepted that he is, see for instance a recent entry for her in a Danish women's history.

Even if there was DNA evidence, I'm not sure that would show anything significant?

As to her LNAB, I know we have had similar questions with other dynastic names, but I am coming around to the idea that we should use the appropriate version of the name according to the national language rather than use the original version of the name - in this case using Oldenborg rather than Oldenburg.
by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (629k points)
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I cleaned up the format of Louise Augusta's biography and sources so its a little easier to see what statements are supported by which sources.

This question of what we do with "common knowledge" of parentage of children is one we need to address generally in regard to the Danish royal family.  Louise Augusta's own children, including her daughter Caroline Amelia, who later became the second wife and queen of Christian VIII, was generally believed to be the biological child of her mother's physician who "treated" her for infertility (by becoming her lover) after which she had 3 children following several of years of infertility with her husband.  Although the research isn't done by any means, I've added some of it to the space page I created for collaborative research on the Danish royal family beginning with the Oldenborgs.

Apparently, in several such situations, potentially questionable royal lines were "cleaned up" by marrying the person of questionable parentage to someone else in the royal line.  This was done with both Louise Augusta and her daughter Caroline Amelia.

I'm sure the bottom line is "include it all in the biography," but for these profiles this interconnected to the direct royal line, we need a way to create actual links between both the legal and purported biological father.  Given the amount of inbreeding in these lines and the amount of time that has elapsed, it would be impossible to prove or disprove the biological connections.

by Mary Jensen G2G6 Pilot (131k points)

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