Death of Prince Armin zur Lippe

specials_various_2004_armin_03So sad to read this morning about the death of Dr Armin Prinz zur Lippe, head of the Princely House of Lippe. He died in Detmold on 20 August 2015 after a short, serious illness. He was born on 18 August 1924 as son of the last reigning prince of Lippe, Fürst Leopold IV, and his second wife Princess Anna zu Ysenburg und Büdingen.

A statement by the family said he was the last surviving son of a ruling German Prince, that is someone who actually ruled before the end of the monarchy in November 1918. A friend of mine pointed out that the head of the Ducal Family of Anhalt is also a son of someone who was officially the ruler, but in this case the father wasn’t yet 18 and thus a minor when he was the Duke, and ruled under regency.

Prince Armin’s father died in 1949 and had appointed his youngest son Armin as the heir. Four years later Armin married Traute Becker. The couple had one son, Stephan, who will be the new head of the house. Prince Stephan is married to Countess Maria zu Solms-Laubach and has three sons and two daughters.

Prince Armin studied natural science at the university of Göttingen. He met his wife during that time. She studied biology.

He was very much involved in the life in the old Principality of Lippe and the heritage of the Lippe family. His family also remained in touch with their Dutch relatives, Armin being a full cousin of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. Armin was one of the bridal children when in 1937 Bernhard married Princess Juliana of the Netherlands.

Two years ago I wrote a piece on the Diamond Wedding Anniversary of him and his wife. I also attended his 80th birthday reception in 2004.

Carl Fürst zu Wied (1961-2015)

Carl Fürst zu Wied died completely unexpectedly in the early hours of Thursday 12 March 2015 in the Marienhaus Klinikum St. Elisabeth in Neuwied after an heart attack. He was only 53 years old. The funeral service will take place in Neuwied on 20 March 2015, followed by the burial at the family cemetery near the Monrepos Castle in Neuwied.

Carl was the 8th Fürst zu Wied. He was born in Neuwied on 27 October 1961 as youngest of the two sons of Friedrich Wilhelm Fürst zu Wied and his first wife Guda Prinzessin zu Waldeck und Pyrmont (* 1939). They were married in 1958 and got divorced in 1967. Both parents remarried. His father had another son and daughter, his mother had two more sons. Friedrich Wilhelm Fürst zu Wied died in Salmon Arm, Canada, on 28 August 2000, aged 69, while visiting the family’s property there. Carl’s elder brother Alexander (* 1960) formally renounced his rights as first born son on 4 October 2000, and is not regarded as having succeeded his father.

Fürst Carl with daughter Luise and his mother-in-law, Potsdam, August 2011.

Fürst Carl with daughter Luise and his mother-in-law, Potsdam, August 2011.

Fürstin Isabelle and her younger son Friedrich Wilhelm, Potsdam, August 2011.

Fürstin Isabelle and her younger son Friedrich Wilhelm, Potsdam, August 2011.

Carl married in Birstein on 25 April 1998 Princess Isabelle von Isenburg (* 1973), daughter of Fürst Franz Alexander and his wife Countess Christine von Saurma, Freiin von und zu der Jeltsch. The couple had four children: Maximilian (* Neuwied 10 August 1999), Friedrich Wilhelm (* Neuwied 12 June 2001), Marie Elisabeth (born and died Neuwied 29 March 2003) and Luise (* Neuwied 2 November 2004). Maximilian, only 15 years old, will be the new Fürst. The family lives at the residence castle in Neuwied, Germany, built between 1707 and 1756.

Maximilian, Potsdam, August 2011.

Maximilian, Potsdam, August 2011.

Fürst Carl studied business administration. After the death of his father he led the family property. He managed about 5,500 hectares of forest and was shareholder of a steel company. He was very much involved in the conservation of nature and environmental pollution. Since 2000 he was the president of the Naturpark Rhein-Westerwald. Only early this month he had been chosen as spokesperson for the president of the Naturparke in Rheinland-Pfalz. He also was the patron of the Rheinische SchützenBund. Hunting was his hobby.

An interesting portrait about his work and his love for hunting can be seen here.

The Wied family tree starts with Sifrid I Lord of Runkel, who was mentioned in a document in 1159.. Friedrich von Runkel in 1462 inherited the County of Wied. He was a son of Dietrich IV von Runkel and Countess Anastasia von Isenburg-Wied († 1454), who was the heiress of her father Count Wilhelm II († 1462). The title of “Reichsfürst” (Prince of the Holy Roman Empire) was given to Johann Friedrich Alexander Graf zu Wied on 29 May 1784. Since 1824 the head of the house has the titles Fürst zu Wied, Graf zu Isenburg, Herr zu Runkel und Neuerburg, and is called “Durchlaucht” (Serene Highness).

Merry Christmas & A Royal 2015!

christmascard2014 has been a year full of royal events with as a highlight of course the abdication of King Juan Carlos of Spain and King Felipe ascending the throne there. Royals were born, got married, died … The most important births were Princess Leonore of Sweden on 20 February, Princess Amalia of Nassau (Luxembourg) on 15 June, Princess Noor bint Hamzah of Jordan on 5 July, Princess Halaevalu Mata’aho of Tonga on 12 July … and on 10 December the long awaited twins from Monaco were born at the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace de Monaco in Monte Carlo. They were named Gabriella Thérèse Marie, countess de Carladès, and Jacques Honoré Rainier, marquis des Baux. The latter one is the heir to the throne, even when he was born two minutes after his sister. And surprise, surprise, announced on Friday, Princess Leonore is having a brother or sister in Summer 2015. Princess Madeleine of Sweden is pregnant again. Also expected is the second child of Andrea Casiraghi (Monaco) and Tatiana Santo Domingo.

Married were amongst others Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan and Zeina Lubbadeh (his third) on 4 January, Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo religiously on 1 February, Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco and Oum Keltoum Boufarès on 15 June and 14 November, Prince Amedeo of Belgium Archduke of Austria-Este and Nobile Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein on 5 July. O yes, also the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini was married to his sixth wife Zola Zelusiwe kaMafu on 26 July and some time also King Mswati III of Swaziland and Sidiswa Dlamini (his 14th wife). We’re looking forward to the marriage of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist in Stockholm on 13 June 2015. Sadlier Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand and his third wife Srirasmi Suwadee have divorced or are to divorce. He already seems to have a mistress he wants to marry to. Srirasmi was stripped of all her titles this month.

The world had to say goodbye to the Japanese Prince Katsura on 8 June, Princess Lalla Fatima Zahra of Morocco on 10 August, Princess Kristine Bernadotte on 4 November and Queen Fabiola of Belgium on 5 December. Also several German heads of royal and noble families died.

Burial of Count Alois von Waldburg-Zeil

On 14 December Count Alois von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg died aged 81. He was born at Zeil Castle on 20 September 1933 as son of Erich August Fürst von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg and Monika Princess zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg. He is mourned by his wife Clarissa née Countess von Schönborn-Wiesentheid, three of his five children and his twelve grandchildren. He was a younger brother of Georg Fürst von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg.

He was a politician and longtime member of the “Deutsche Bundestag”, 1980-1998.

The funeral service took place in the Parish Church St. Georg in Ratzenried on 20 December, followed by the burial at the cemetery of Ratzenried.

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The Funeral of the Fürst zu Castell-Rüdenhausen

As reported here Johann-Friedrich Fürst zu Castell-Rüdenhausen died on 30 October 2014, only aged 66, after a long fight against cancer. The funeral service took place in the Parish church of St Peter and Paul in Rüdenhausen, Germany, on 8 November 2014. The service in church was led by the Rev. Martin Fromm. About 1000 mourners paid the Fürst their last respect. Half of the mourners had to follow the service in a tent outside the church, where the service was shown on big screens.

Copyright: Gabi P.

Copyright: Gabi P.

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Copyright: Henriëtte E.

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Copyright: Gabi P.

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Copyright: Henriëtte E.

After the service the Fürst was buried in the family grave at the cemetery. Hunters carried the coffin out of the church and to the carriage that drove the coffin to the cemetery. An impressive group of mourners walked it. They were led by the widow of the deceased and the new 29-year-old Fürst, Otto. Behind them followed the two daughters, son and son-in-law of the deceased, as well as his brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces. After the funeral hereditary count Otto received the flag of the House of Castell-Rüdenhausen as a token that he is the new Fürst. A reception was held in the park of Rüdenhausen castle.

Copyright: Gabi P. The wreath of Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia.

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The wreath of Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia.

Among the mourners were members of the Castell-Rüdenhausen, Castell-Castell, Baden, Hannover, Hohenzollern, Lippe, Oldenburg, Prussia, Reuss, Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha, Erbach-Fürstenau, Hohenlohe-Bartenstein, Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Isenburg, Leiningen, Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, Neipperg, Oettingen, Solms-Laubach, Waldburg-Wolfegg-Waldsee and Ysenburg.

For some more photos see Royalty Guide.

Death of the Fürst zu Castell-Rüdenhausen

castell74Johann-Friedrich Fürst zu Castell-Rüdenhausen died at the Jagdschloss Friedrichsberg in Abtswind, Germany in the afternoon of Thursday 30 October 2014, aged 66. The hunting lodge of the family was the place where the Fürst spent his last weeks. He had been suffering of cancer for a long time.

The Fürst was transported from Friedrichsberg to the castle of the family in Rüdenhausen on Friday 31 October at 3.30pm. He will be taken from there to the evangelical parish church St. Peter and Paul in Rüdenhausen on 7 November at 7pm. The funeral service will take place at the same church on Saturday 8 November at noon. He will afterwards be buried in the princely vault.

Fürst Johann-Friedrich was born in 1948 as the eldest child of Siegfried Fürst zu Castell-Rüdenhausen (1916-2007) and Irene Countess zu Solms-Laubach (1925-2006). He married in 1983 Maria Countess von Schönborn-Wiesentheid (* 1958) and had four children: Otto (* 1985), Olga (* 1987, married to Prince Dominik zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg), Anna Magdalena (* 1989) and Anton (* 1992). He is survived by them, as well as by his siblings Manto (* 1949), Donata Duchess von Oldenburg (* 1950), Rupert (* 1954), Karl (* 1957), Hermann (* 1963) and Matthias (* 1966). His younger brother Christian (* 1952) died in 2010.

The photo was taken by me on 7 June 2014 at the wedding of his nephew Count Roderik zu Castell-Rüdenhausen.