Tuesday, March 14, 2017

BREAKING: Royal Profile: Richard , 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was born 29 October 1934 as the eldest child of Gustav, Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Margareta Fouché {Source}. He had the following siblings, siblings-in-law, and nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews:
  1. Princess Madeleine of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1936)
    1. Otto Graf zu Solms-Laubach
      1. Tatiana Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach(1958)
        1. Patrick Graf von Saurma Baron von und zu Jeltz
      2. Benjamin Graf von Hochberg (1978-)
        1. Robin Patrick Graf von Saurma Baron von und zu Jeltz (1989)
        2. Nicolaus-Marianus Graf von Saurma (1991)
      3. Ariane Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1958-)
      4. Anna Margareta Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1960)
      5. Christina Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1962)
      6. Karl Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1963)
      7. Gustav Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1965)
      8. Elisabeth Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1968)
      9. Maria Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach(1968)
        1. Stephan Leopold Justus Richard Prinz zur Lippe
          1. Bernhard Leopold Baptist Ernst George Ludwig Prinz zur Lippe (1995)
          2. Heinrich Otto Gustav-Adolf Michael Wico Prinz zur Lippe (1997)
          3. Wilhelm Prinz zur Lippe (1999)
          4. Luise Prinzessin zur Lippe (2001)
          5. Mathilde Prinzessin zur Lippe (2003)
      10. Franz Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1971)
      11. Ferdinand Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1971-1971)
  2. Prince Robin Alexander of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg (1938)
    1. Marie-Christine Heftler-Louiche
      1. Sebastion Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1971)
      2. Natascha Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1973)
      3. Marie Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1980)
  3. Tatiana Louise Ursula Therese Elsa Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1940)
    1. Moritz Friedrich Karl Emanuel Humbert Landgrafvon Hessen-Kassel
      1. Mafalda Margarethe Prinzessin von Hessen-Kassel (1965)
        1. Ferdinando dei Conti Brachetti-Peretti
          1. Tatiana Maria Galdo (1992)
          2. Polissena Galdo (1993)
          3. Cosmo Maria Tebaldo Maurizo Enrico Brachetti-Peretti (2000)
          4. Briano Maria Tebaldo Brachetti-Peretti (2002)
  4. Heinrich Donatus Philipp Umberto Prinz von Hessen-Kassel(1966-2000)
  5. Elena Elisabeth Madeleine Prinzessin von Hessen-Kassel(1967)
    1. Massimo Caiazzo
      1. Madeleine Immacolata Tatiana Theresa Caiazzo (1999)
  6. Philipp Robin Prinz von Hessen-Kassel (1970)
    1. Laetitia Johanna Bechtoif
      1. Elena Margherita Prinzessin von Hessen-Kassel (2006)
      2. Tito Friedrich Hans Andreas Alnwick Prinz von Hessen-Kassel (2008)
  7. Pia Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1942)
He studied forest science at the University of Göttingen and at Munich University{Source}. Prince Richard obtained his forestry diploma at Hann.-Münden {Source}.He also took his post- graduate training as Forstreferendar in North Rhine Westphalia{Source}. He obtained a degree as Assessor des Forstdienstes after passing the second forestry examination taken by the North Rhine Westphalian State Forestry Service{Source}.

He married Princess Benedikte of Denmark on 3 February 1968{Source}. 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) They reside in Germany, at Berleburg Castle. Together, they have three children, and four grandchildren {Source}:

  1. Gustav, 7th Prince of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1969) 
    1. Carina Axelsson (not married)
  2. Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1970)
    1. Count Jefferson von von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth 
      1. Count Fredrich von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999) 
      2. Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003) 
  3. Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1975) 
    1. Mr. Alexander Johannsmann
      1. Master Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010) 
      2. Miss Louisa Johannsmann (2015)
Prince Richard died suddenly on 13 March 2017 in Germany {Source}. No funeral details have been announced yet. I suspect that many, if not most of, the Danish and Greek royal families will be in attendance. The 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg was 82 years old.

UPDATE: 3-16-2017

Prince Richard's funeral will take place on 21 March 2017 at 14H00 at Evangelische Stadtkirche  in Bad Berleburg, Germany {Source}. 

It remains to be seen who will attend from the Danish Royal Family. According to the calendar, Crown Princess Mary and Prince Joachim both have conflicting events that day.

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