Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

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The Prince in Stockholm at Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's wedding celebrations, June 2010
Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Predecessor Prince Gustav Albrecht
Heir apparent Prince Gustav
Spouse Princess Benedikte of Denmark
Issue Prince Gustav
Princess Alexandra
Princess Nathalie
Full name
Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin
Father Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Mother Margareta Fouché d'Otrante
Born (1934-10-29) 29 October 1934 (age 80)
Giessen, Germany

Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (born 29 October 1934 in Giessen, Germany) is the head of the House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and husband of Princess Benedikte of Denmark.


Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin is the eldest son of Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, a highly decorated Nazi officer declared missing in 1944 yet only legally declared dead in 1969. Richard was raised in Sweden with his maternal grandfather, the Duke of Otrante, at Elghammar Castle. He attended the boarding schools Viggbyholm and Sigtuna.

Having studied forest science at Munich University, Prince Richard obtained his forestry diploma at the University of Göttingen in Hann.-Münden. He took his post-graduate training as Forstreferendar, obtaining a degree as Assessor des Forstdienstes after passing the second forestry examination at the North Rhine Westphalian State Forestry Service.[1]

In July 2003, he underwent surgery for treatment of prostate cancer; previously, he had undergone treatment for skin cancer.[2]


Prince Richard is involved in several conservation programmes. He launched a project to re-introduce European bison into Europe on part of his 30,000 acre estate in North Rhine-Westphalia, credited as a success by Rewilding Europe as part of a larger effort to restore depleted animals across Europe.[3]

Berleburg Castle


Richard married Princess Benedikte of Denmark at Fredensborg Palace Church on 3 February 1968. She is the second daughter of Frederick IX of Denmark and Ingrid of Sweden and younger sister of Margrethe II of Denmark.[1] The couple lives at Berleburg Castle.

Children and grandchildren[edit]

The children of Princess Benedikte are styled as Highnesses in Denmark by an Order in Council. Elsewhere they are Serene Highnesses by courtesy.


Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Styles of
Prince Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Reference style His Serene Highness
Spoken style Your Serene Highness
Alternative style Sir
  • 29 October 1934 - 29 November 1969: His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
  • 29 November 1969 - Present: His Serene Highness Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg[4]
National Honours
Foreign Honours


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Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Born: 1934
Preceded by
Gustav Albrecht
Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg