Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Royal Profile: Princess Olga of Hanover

Princess Olga Sophie Charlotte Anna of Hanover was born 17 February 1959 as the second daughter and fourth child of Prince Ernst August IV of Hanover & Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg {Source}. She has the following siblings, siblings-in-law and nieces and nephews {Source}:
  1. Princess Marie Viktoria of Hanover, Countess von Houchburg (1952)
    1. Count Michael von Houchburg (m. 1982)
      1. Count Conrad Hans-Heinrich Ernst-August von Hochberg(1985)
      2. Count George von Hochberg (1987)
  2. Prince Ernst August V of Hanover (1954)
    1. Chantall Hochuli (m. 1981, d. 1997)
      1. Prince Ernst August of Hanover (1983)
      2. Prince Christian of Hanover (1985)
    2. Princess Caroline of Hanover, Princess by birth of Monaco (1957, m. 1999)
      1. Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Marym Virginia of Hanover (1999)
  3. Prince Ludwig of Hanover (1955-1989, suicide after his wife's death)
    1. Isabella Gräfin von Thurn und Valsássina-Como-Vercelli (m. 1987, d. November 1988 of a drug overdose)
      1. Prince Otto of Hanover (1988)
  4. Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Princess of Leingen (practically her birthday twin! Alexandra was born on the 18th, Olga on the 17th!)
    1. Prince Andreas, 8th Prince of Leiningen (m. 1981)
      1. Prince Ferdinand Heinrich, Hereditary Prince of Lieningen (1982)
      2. Princess Olga Margarita of Lieningen (1984)
      3. Prince Herman of Leiningen (1986)
  5. Prince Henrich of Hanover (1961)
    1. Thyra Donata Sixtina (m 1999)
      1. Prince Albert of Hanover (1999)
      2. Princess Eugenia of Hanover (2001)
      3. Prince Julius of Hanover (2004)
She was named for her great-aunt Princess Olga of Hanover and Cumberland. Princess Olga of Hanover and Cumberland was the youngest daughter of Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover (1845–1923) and Princess Thyra of Denmark. Princess Olga of Hanover and Cumberland died five months before Princess Olga Sophie was born. 

Princess Olga Sophie's life mirrors her namesakes in several ways. Like her great aunt, Princess Olga Sophie is currently unmarried-her great aunt never married or had children. Both Olgas grew up in Germany. Both Olgas are the 4th child in her immediate families. 

Currently, Princess Olga resides at Calenberg Castle, an estate owned by the Hannover dynasty in Germany.

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