Prince Bernhard of Lippe (1872–1934)

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Prince Bernhard of Lippe
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Prince Bernhard of Lippe ca. 1909
Spouse Armgard of Sierstorpff-Cramm
Issue Bernhard, Prince of the Netherlands
Prince Aschwin
Full name
German: Bernhard Kasimir Friedrich Gustav Heinrich Wilhelm Eduard
House House of Lippe
Father Ernest II, Count of Lippe-Biesterfeld
Mother Countess Karoline of Wartensleben
Born (1872-08-26)26 August 1872
Oberkassel, Kingdom of Prussia
Died 19 June 1934(1934-06-19) (aged 61)
Munich, Nazi Germany

Prince Bernhard of Lippe (Bernhard Kasimir Wilhelm Friedrich Gustav Heinrich Eduard; Oberkassel, 26 August 1872 – Munich, 19 June 1934) was a member of the Lippe-Biesterfeld line of the House of Lippe. He is most notable for being the father of Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, the prince consort of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands.


Prince Bernhard of Lippe, born as Count of Lippe-Biesterfeld in Oberkassel on 26 August 1872, was the 2nd son of Ernest II, Count of Lippe-Biesterfeld, regent (1897–1904) of the principality of Lippe, and Countess Karoline of Wartensleben. He was a younger brother of Leopold IV, Prince of Lippe, who succeeded as reigning Prince of Lippe in 1905. He pursued a career as a soldier, serving in the Prussian Army, and attaining the rank of major.

On 4 March 1909, Bernhard entered into a morganatic marriage with Armgard of Sierstorpff-Cramm. Before this marriage, his wife was granted the title Countess of Biesterfeld (Gräfin von Biesterfeld) on 8 February 1909. She and her two sons Bernhard and Aschwin were created Princess (Prince) of Lippe-Biesterfeld (Prinzessin (Prinz) zur Lippe-Biesterfeld) on 24 February 1916 with the style Serene Highness.,[1] which brought their children into a more senior place in the line of succession, in which they hitherto had been the very last. [2]

They had two sons:


16. Karl, Count of Lippe-Biesterfeld
8. Ernst I, Count of Lippe-Biesterfeld
17. Countess Ferdinande of Bentheim-Tecklenburg-Rheda
4. Julius, Count of Lippe-Biesterfeld
18. Karl Philipp von Unruh
9. Modeste von Unruh
19. Elisabeth Henriette Dorothea von Kameke
2. Ernest II, Count of Lippe-Biesterfeld
20. Count Friedrich Carl of Castell-Castell
10. Friedrich, Count of Castell-Castell
21. Countess Amalie of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Virneburg
5. Countess Adelheid of Castell-Castell
22. Charles Louis, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
11. Princess Emilie of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
23. Countess Amalie Henriette of Solms-Baruth
1. Prince Bernhard of Lippe
24. Count Leopold of Wartensleben
12. Count Cäsar of Wartensleben
25. Caroline Louise Dorothea von der Recke
6. Count Leopold of Wartensleben
26. Carl Georg Friedrich von Gfug
13. Friederike von Gfug, Heiress of Osniszczewo
27. Johanna Juliane von Lestwitz
3. Countess Karoline of Wartensleben
28. Johannes Arnold Halbach
14. Arnold Halbach
29. Maria Gertrud Hilger
7. Mathilde Halbach
30. Bohl Bohlen
15. Caroline Bohlen
31. Johanna Magdalene Oswald


This article is based on this article on Dutch Wikipedia.

  1. ^ Almanach de Gotha (179th ed.). Justus Perthes. 1942. p. 79. 
  2. ^ Bernhard, een verborgen geschiedenis. Annejet van der Zijl. 2010. pp. 45 and 87.