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|Spouse||Prince Welf of Hanover|
|Princess Saskia of Hanover|
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|Born||26 November 1948|
Hanoverian Royal Family
Turiya Hanover, otherwise Wibke, Prinzessin von Hannover, née van Gunsteren (born 1948, Lübeck), is an Australian spiritualist, and a married-in member of the Royal Family of Hanover. She has published some new-age music.
Wibke was born as daughter of Ursula Schmidt-Prange and Dr. Hans-Daniel Christians, a physician. Her mother then married a Harry van Gunsteren, and the whole young family had van Gunsteren as surname, including the stepdaughter Wibke.
In 1969, Wibke married Prince Welf of Hanover, who was a first cousin of Prince Ernst August of Hanover, the current head of the House of Guelf, as well as a first cousin of Charles, Prince of Wales, the current heir to the thrones of British Commonwealth.
In 1970, they had a child, Princess Saskia of Hanover, currently known as Mrs Saskia Hooper.
In 1973, Wibke started to work as spiritual therapeut.
In 1975, she and her husband Welf moved to India, having joined the spiritualist group they moved to live with. Wibke and Welf had become followers (sannyasins) of a syncretic movement led by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. In 1975, Welf and Wibke, along with their five-year-old daughter Tania Saskia, made a pilgrimage to Poona, India to live in an ashram with other followers of Bhagwan. Once there, Bhagwan gave Welf the name Vimalkirti ("Spotless splendour") and Wibke Turiya ("Spiritual love").
Although a lot of misinformed material floating around in print and in internet claims that they were divorced in 1979, there was no such divorce. They were married, until prince Welf died in 1981.
Currently, Turiya (Wibke) lives as entrepreneur in Byron Bay, Australia.
Turiya has published at least three pieces of music, through New Earth Records:
- Awakening of the Heart
- Forgiveness Meditation
- Healing the Body
- Allan Raymond (24 June 2008). "Hanover Royal Family". Monarchies of Europe website. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
- Darryl Lundy (1 July 2003). "Tania Saskia Viktoria-Luise Prinzessin von Hannover". thePeerage.com. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
- Wilhelm Bittorf (3 February 1981). "Ein Welfe im Nirwana: Der Tod eines deutschen Prinzen, der für Bhagwan lebte". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
- Marlene Eilers Koenig, The divorce that never was
- Marlene Eilers Koenig, Queen Victoria's Descendants
- Record Labels from New Earth Records
- article in Der Spiegel: Ein Welfe im Nirwana: Der Tod eines deutschen Prinzen, der für Bhagwan lebte
- Allan Raymond, Monarchies of Europe, Hanover Royal Family