Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Royal Profile: 23 Facts about Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

  1. Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was born 29 October 1934 {Source
  2. He is the eldest child of Gustav Albrecht Alfred Franz Friedrich Otto Emil Ernst Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and MargaretaFouché {Source}. 
  3. He studied forest science at the University of Göttingen  and at Munich University{Source}.
  4. Prince Richard obtained his forestry diploma at Hann.-Münden {Source}.
  5. He also took his post- graduate training as Forstreferendar in North Rhine Westphalia{Source}.
  6. He obtained a degree as Assessor des Forstdienstes after passing the second forestry examination taken by the North Rhine Westphalian State Forestry Service{Source}.
  7. He married Princess Benedikte of Denmark on 3 February 1968{Source}.
  8. When he and his wife married, his new father-in-law decreed that in order for their children to obtain succession rights they must be raised in Denmark...they were raised in Germany (however, his daughters have both obtained Danish citizenship over the years)
  9. They reside in Germany, at Berleburg Castle. 
  10. Together, they have three children {Source}: 
    1. Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1969) 
    2. Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1970) 
    3. Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1975) 
  11. Also with his wife he has three grandchildren and one on the way{Source}: 
    1. Count Fredrich von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999, Alexandra) 
    2. Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003, Alexandra) 
    3. Master Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010, Nathalie) 
    4. Princess Nathalie is also expecting baby #2 in early 2015 {Source
  12. He shares a birthday with: 
    1. Princess Sofia of Romania (1957) 
    2. Countess Josephine Caroline Elisabeth of Rosenborg (1972) (who is a daughter of his wife's cousin) 
    3. Countess Camilla Alexandrine Cristine of Rosenborg (1972) (who is a daughter of his wife's cousin) 
    4. Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece & Denmark (1998) (who is a son of his nephew) 
  13. Through his wife, he is the brother-in-law to two Queens:
    1. Queen Margarethe II of Denmark
    2. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
  14. He is father-in-law to:
    1. Count Jefferson von von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (Alexandra, 1998)
    2. Alexander Johannsmann (Nathalie, 2010)
  15. He has the three sisters and a brother{Source}:
    1. Princess Madeleine of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess of Solms-Laubach (1936)
    2. Prince Robin of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg(1938)
    3. Princess Tatiana of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Landgravine of Hesse (1940)
    4. Princess Pia Margarete of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1942)
  16. He has the following nieces and nephews through HIS siblings{Source}{Source}{Source}:
    1. Countess Tatiana Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach(1958, through Madeleine)
    2. Countess Ariane Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1958, through Madeleine)
    3. Countess Anna Margareta Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1960, through Madeleine)
    4. Countess Christina Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1962, through Madeleine)
    5. Count Karl Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1963, through Madeleine)
    6. Count Gustav Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1965, through Madeleine)
    7. Mafalda Margarethe Prinzessin von Hessen-Kassel (1965, through Tatiana)
    8. Heinrich Donatus Philipp Umberto Prinz von Hessen-Kassel(1966, through Tatiana)
    9. Elena Elisabeth Madeleine Prinzessin von Hessen-Kassel(1967, through Tatiana)
    10. Countess Elisabeth Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1968, through Madeleine)
    11. Countess Maria Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach(1968, through Madeleine)
    12. Philipp Robin Prinz von Hessen-Kassel (1970, through Tatiana)
    13. Count Franz Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1971, through Madeleine)
    14. Count Ferdinand Graf zu Solms-Laubach(1971-1971, through Madeleine)
    15. Sebastion Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1971, through his brother Robin)
    16. Natascha Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1973, through his brother Robin)
    17. Marie Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1980, through his brother Robin)
  17. Prince Richard is involved in several conservation programmes and is the instigator of a project to re-introduce European bison back into Europe{Source}.
  18. Using part of his 30,000 acre estate in North Rhine-Westphalia the bison re-introduction programme has been credited as a success by Rewilding Europe as part of a larger effort to see previously depleted animals restored across Europe{Source}.
  19. By his marriage, he is uncle to:
    1. Princess Alexia of Greece (1965, Anne-Marie)
    2. Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark (1967, Margarethe)
    3. Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece (1967, Anne-Marie)
    4. Prince Joachim of Denmark (1969, Margarethe)
    5. Prince Nikolas of Greece (1969, Anne-Marie)
    6. Princess Theodora of Greece(1983, Anne-Marie)
    7. Prince Philippos of Greece (1986, Anne-Marie)
  20. In Denmark, he is a Knight of the Order of the Elephant (R.E.).
  21. In Sweden he is a Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Polar Star {Source}
  22. In Spain, he is a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic (15/03/1980) {Source}
  23. His full title and style is: His Highness Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

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