House of Lippe
|House of Lippe|
|Titles||Lord, Count, Prince|
|Final ruler||Leopold IV|
|Current head||Prince Armin or
Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
The House of Lippe (German: Haus Lippe) is the former reigning house of a number of German states. Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, former Queen of the Netherlands, is an agnatic member of this house.
In 1613, the House's territory was split into Lippe-Detmold, Lippe-Brake and Lippe-Alverdissen. In 1643 Count Philipp of Lippe-Alverdissen founded the Schaumburg-Lippe line of the House of Lippe. In 1905 with the death of Prince Alexander the senior Lippe-Detmold branch of the family became extinct with Count Leopold of Lippe-Biesterfeld succeeding him as Prince.
At the German Revolution of 1918, the Princes of Lippe and Schaumburg-Lippe were forced to abdicate, ending the family's 795-year rule in Lippe. Armin, Prince of Lippe still owns the estate and castle at Detmold.
In 1937, Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld married Princess Juliana of the Netherlands. On the accession of their daughter Beatrix in 1980, the Netherlands Royal House remained known as the House of Orange-Nassau, although Beatrix and her sisters are agnatically members of the House of Lippe.
States ruled by the House of Lippe
- Lippe (1123–1918) known as Lippe-Detmold from 1613.
- Lippe-Brake (1613–1709)
- Lippe-Alverdissen (1613–1640 and 1681–1777)
- Schaumburg-Lippe (1643–1918)
— Royal house —
House of Lippe
|New title||Ruling House of Lippe
|Ruling House of Schaumburg-Lippe
House of Mecklenburg
|Ruling House of the Netherlands
House of Amsberg