Alexander, Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn

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Alexander
Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
Spouse Countess Gabriela of Schönborn-Wiesentheid
Full name
German: Alexander Konrad Friedrich Heinrich
House Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
Father Ludwig, 6th Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
Mother Baroness Marianne of Mayr-Melnhof
Born (1943-11-22) 22 November 1943 (age 70)
Salzburg, Austria
Religion Roman Catholic

Alexander Konrad Friedrich Heinrich, Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, (born 22 November 1943 in Salzburg, Austria), a German businessman, MBA HBS '68, is member of the house of Sayn-Wittgenstein and as 7th Prince (German: Fürst) zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn head of the Princely House Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Salzburg as the first son of Ludwig, 6th Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn and his wife Marianne, Baroness von Mayr-Melnhof.[1] At the time of his father Prince Ludwig's death in 1962, Alexander succeed as head of the Princely house. Incidentally, the Prince is a descendant of James II of England and his illegitimate son, James Fitzjames, 1st Duke of Berwick, through his father's grandmother, Marie Auguste Yvonne de Blacas d'Aulps.[2]

Prince Alexander is vice president of Europa Nostra [3] and president of Europa Nostra Germany. From 1986 to 2013 he served as president of the German Castles Association, which elected him on 28 April 2013 honorary president as well as president of the "Stiftung der Deutschen Burgenvereinigung" (Foundation of the German Castles Association).

Marriage and children[edit]

Alexander married Gabriela, Countess of Schönborn-Wiesentheid 1969 at Schloss Weißenstein, Pommersfelden. They have seven children.[4]

  • Heinrich, Hereditary Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (born 1971); married in 2003 Donna Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta (born 1975).[5] With issue;
  • Alexandra, Princess zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (born 1973); married twice and with issue;
  • Casimir, Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (born 1976); married (civil only) in 1999 Corinna Larsen (born 1965). With issue and divorced in 2004 ;
  • Filippa, Princess zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (1980–2001); married in 2001 Count Vittorio Mazzetti d'Albertis (born 1965). Without issue, she died three months later;[6]
  • Ludwig, (Louis) Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (born 1982);[7]
  • Sofia, Princess zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (born 1986);
  • Peter, Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (born 1992);
The old and the new castle at Sayn

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 1943 - 1958 His Serene Highness Prince Alexander zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
  • 1958 - 1962 His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
  • 1962–present His Serene Highness The Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn

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