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 79)
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. He is the son of Prince Gustav Albrecht, and Margareta Fouché d'Otrante.


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 and, for extralegal purposes of hereditary succession, only 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 the University of Göttingen in Hann.-Münden and at Munich University, Prince Richard obtained his forestry diploma at Hann.-Münden and took his post- graduate training as Forstreferendar in North Rhine Westphalia. He obtained a degree as Assessor des Forstdienstes after passing the second forestry examination taken by the North Rhine Westphalian State Forestry Service.[1]

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


Prince Richard is involved in several conservation programmes and is the instigator of a project to re-introduce European bison back into Europe. Using part of his 30,000 acre estate in North Rhine-Westphalia the bison re-introduction programme has been credited as a success by Rewilding Europe as part of a larger effort to see previously depleted animals restored across Europe.[3]


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.[1] The couple is living at Berleburg Castle.

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Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Reference style His Serene Highness
Spoken style Your Serene Highness
Alternative style Sir


Berleburg Castle

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