Prince Waldemar of Schaumburg-Lippe

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Prince Waldemar Stephen of Schaumburg-Lippe (Waldemar Stephan Ferdinand Wolrad Friedrich Karl, b. 19 December 1940 in Glienicke) is a son of Prince Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe and Princess Feodora of Denmark, and the great-grandson of King Frederick VIII of Denmark.

Family and life[edit]

His first marriage was to Anne-Lise Johansen, on 10 September 1977, Queen Margrethe's court photographer, although they subsequently divorced. They had one child:

His second marriage was with Karin Grundmann in 2001, whom he subsequently divorced in 2002. And in 2002 he married thirdly Ruth Schneidewind, whom he divorced in 2003.

Prince Waldemar's fourth marriage was with Gertraud-Antonia Wagner-Schöppl on 20 September 2008 in Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna. He adopted the adult son of his wife:

  • Mario Max Prince Antonius Adolf Albert Isidor Eduard Oliver Gertraud Manuela Edith Helga Magdalena Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe[1] (born as Mario-Helmut Wagner; 23 December 1977 at Salzburg, Austria, German Citizen). He appeared on the Dutch television programme Coming to Holland: Prins zoekt vrouw in 2010, presumably in search of a Dutch wife. Subsequently, he appeared on the similar US television show Millionaire Matchmaker in 2011.

Although related to the Danish Royal Family, under Danish law, Waldemar is not in line to inherit the throne as he is not a descendant of Christian X. He is, however, currently number 1449 in line of succession to the British throne, being descended from George II of the United Kingdom, through his daughter Queen Louisa of Denmark and Norway.[2]

Titles and styles[edit]

Waldemar claims the title of "Fürst zu Schaumburg-Lippe-Nachod" and the style "His Highness".[3] However, Fürst is a German title reserved for the head of a princely family. The Nachod branch of the Schaumburg-Lippe family is the (Cadet branch) of the Schaumburg-Lippe family and was never a sovereign or independent house in its own right.[4] so Waldemar's claimed title of "Fürst" is incorrect. Furthermore, Waldemar is second-born son of the Nachod branch; the head of the family is his elder brother Prince Wilhelm of Schaumburg-Lippe (born 1939).[5]

Since the state laws concerning German nobiliary titles disallow the use of terms such as "Fürst" or "His Highness" as legal titles, such terms can now only be used unofficially as honorifics, or in some circumstances such words may be incorporated into legal names, such as the non-noble Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, who legally changed his surname to "Prinz von Anhalt". In around in 2010, Prince Waldemar applied for the phrase "Seine Hoheit Fürst Waldemar" (His Highness Fürst Waldemar) as his official nom de plume for use in his personal documents; however, he had not previously worked as an artist or author under this name, which according to German law would be the legal requirement for such an entry.[6] Consequently, under German law, he cannot legally portray or present himself as "Fürst" or "His Highness".



  1. ^ Mario-Max was baptised with the name of Mario-Helmut Wagner. Due to his adoption by Prince Waldemar he obtained the surname Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe. Mario-Max legally changed his given names to Mario Max Prince Antonius Adolf Albert Eduard Oliver Gertraud Edith Helga Magdalena. See: Lundy, Darryl. "p. 16733 § 167327 : Dr. Mario-Max Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Seine Hoheit Fürst Waldemar & Seine Hoheit Erbprinz Mario-Max zu Schaumburg-Lippe-Nachod präsentieren ihre ahnen und die herkunft ihres hochadeligen namens - website (German)
  4. ^ Monograph on Prinz Wilhelm, the first head of the Nachod branch
  5. ^ Statement issued by the Schaumburg-Lippe family (in German)
  6. ^ ibid.

External links[edit]

Styles of
Prince Waldemar
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Reference style His Serene Highness
Spoken style Your Serene Highness
Alternative style Sir
Prince Waldemar of Schaumburg-Lippe
Born: 19 December 1940
Preceded by
Tatiana Iuel
Line of succession to the British Throne Succeeded by
Princess Eleonore of Schaumburg-Lippe