Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

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Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
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Spouse Alexander Johannsmann
Issue Konstantin Johannsmann
Full name
Her Eminence Natalie Xenia Margaret Benedicta
House House of Sayn-Wittgenstein
Father Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Mother Princess Benedikte of Denmark
Born (1975-02-05) 5 February 1975 (age 39)
Copenhagen, Denmark

Princess Nathalie Xenia Margrethe Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (born 2 May 1975, in Copenhagen, Denmark) is daughter of Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Princess Benedikte of Denmark. Her mother is the younger sister of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

Although Princess Nathalie has no official royal role, she does appear at Danish royal family events, including weddings and occasionally at the annual summer family group photograph.

Equestrian career[edit]

In 1994 Princess Nathalie began training on the Swedish stud "Flyinge" with her trainer Kyra Kyrklund, former world champion in dressage. After four years, during which she won the bronze medal at the European Championship with the Danish team, she had to change coaches as Kyrklund moved to England. She teamed up with Klaus Balkenhol, coach of the German dressage team.

Nathalie gained a place in the 2000 Olympic team as reserve rider, and afterward participated in the European Championship of 2001, winning a bronze medal and the World Championship 2002 (where she was placed fourth) with the Danish team. She was a member of the Team Denmark dressage team in the 2008 Summer Olympics and was awarded a bronze medal.

As Nathalie Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, she was part of the Danish equestrian team in the London 2012 Olympics, competing in the team and individual dressage events on her horse Digby. She finished 12th in the individual event and helped Denmark to a 4th place team finish.[1]

In addition to riding she also breeds horses, as does her mother. In autumn 2005, the princess opened her own stud farm, which is based in Bad Berleburg.

Marriage and children[edit]

On 4 January 2010, Princess Nathalie's engagement to German horse breeder Alexander Johannsmann, (b. 6 December 1977), son of showjumper Heinrich-Wilhelm Johannsmann, was announced.[2] The couple married civilly 27 May 2010 and religiously the following year, on 18 June 2011 at the evangelic Stadtkirche, Berleburg in Germany.[3] The bride wore an ivory satin gown by Danish designer Henrik Hviid,[4] with the traditional Danish Royal family antique Irish lace veil and the Cartier Khedive-of-Egypt tiara.[5]

Princess Nathalie gave birth to a son, Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard on 24 July 2010.[6][7] He is named Konstantin for his maternal grandfather, whose middle name is Konstantin, and for his maternal grand-uncle, King Constantine of Greece; Gustav for his maternal uncle and godfather; Heinrich for his paternal grandfather; and Richard for his maternal grandfather.[8] Konstantin's godparents were Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, his aunt Ann-Kathrin Johannsmann, and his uncle Prince Gustav.[9] On 13 August 2014, it was announced that Princess Nathalie is expecting her second child in February 2015.[10]

Titles, styles, honours and awards[edit]

Styles of
Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
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Reference style Her Serene Highness
Spoken style Your Serene Highness
Alternative style Ma'am
Titles
  • 5 February 1975 - 27 May 2010: Her Serene Highness Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein Berleburg
  • 27 May 2010 - Present: Her Serene Highness Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein Berleburg, Mrs Johannsmann
Honours
Awards
Medal record
Representing  Denmark
Equestrian
Olympic Games
Bronze 2008 Beijing Team dressage

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

Lines of succession
Preceded by
Countess Ingrid von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Arthur, son of Victoria
Succeeded by
Konstantin Johannsmann