Alexander, Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn

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Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
Born (1943-11-22) 22 November 1943 (age 75)
Salzburg, Austria
SpouseCountess Gabriela of Schönborn-Wiesentheid
Full name
German: Alexander Konrad Friedrich Heinrich
FatherLudwig, 6th Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
MotherBaroness Marianne von Mayr-Melnhof
ReligionRoman Catholic

Alexander Konrad Friedrich Heinrich Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn,[1][2] (born 22 November 1943 in Salzburg, Austria), a German businessman, MBA HBS '68, is head of the Princely House Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn.


Alexander is a descendant of James II of England and his illegitimate son James Fitzjames, 1st Duke of Berwick, through his father's grandmother Marie Auguste Yvonne de Blacas d'Aulps.[3] He was born in Salzburg as the first son of Ludwig, 6th Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (1915–1962) and his wife Baroness Marianne von Mayr-Melnhof (born 1919).[4] Following Prince Ludwig's death in 1962, Alexander succeeded as head of the princely house and, by tradition, as the 7th Prince (German: Fürst) zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn.[1]

Prince Alexander is vice president of Europa Nostra[5] and president of Europa Nostra Germany. From 1986 to 2013, he served as president of the German Castles Association,[1] which elected him on 28 April 2013 honorary president as well as president of the "Stiftung der Deutschen Burgenvereinigung" (Foundation of the German Castles Association).

Marriage and children[edit]

The old and the new castle at Sayn

Alexander married Countess Gabriela of Schönborn-Wiesentheid 1969 at Schloss Weißenstein, Pommersfelden.[1] They have seven children.[6]

  • Heinrich, Hereditary Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (born 1971) married in 2003 Donna Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta (born 1975),[7] daughter of Don Niccolo, Marchese Incisa della Rocchetta, and they have issue.
  • Princess Alexandra (born 1973) married firstly in 1994 Hereditary Prince Carl Eugen zu Oettingen-Wallerstein (divorced in 2002), and married secondly Count Stefano Hunyadi in 2006,[1] and has issue from both marriages.
  • Prince Casimir (born 1976) married (civilly) in 1999 Corinna Larsen (born 1965), and they have issue (divorced in 2004).[1] Remarried to Model Alana Camille Bunte.[8]
  • Princess Filippa (1980–2001) married in June 2001 Count Vittorio Mazzetti d'Albertis (born 1965). She was killed in an automobile accident in England three months later, without issue.[9]
  • Prince Ludwig (Louis) born 1982);[10] married in 2011 Countess Philippa Spannocchi (born 1982), and they have issue.[1]
  • Princess Sofia (born 1986)
  • Prince Peter (born 1992)

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 1943 - 1958 His Serene Highness Prince Alexander zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
  • 1958 - 1962 His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
  • 1962–present His Serene Highness The Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XIX. "Sayn-Wittgenstein". C.A. Starke Verlag, 2011, pp. 331-333. (German). ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6.
  2. ^ In 1919 royalty and nobility lost their privileges in Germany, hereditary titles were to be legally borne thereafter only as part of the surname, according to Article 109 of the Weimar Constitution.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Mamarazza The photographs of Princess "Manni" Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn".
  5. ^ "Europa Nostra". Archived from the original on 2013-05-31. Retrieved 2013-05-29.
  6. ^ Website of the house Sayn-Wittgenstein: Familie aktuell Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. 2011-07-18.
  7. ^ "Civil Marriage of Hereditary Prince Heinrich zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn and Donna Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta".
  8. ^ "Royal Wedding in Hanover: The Guests (Part 1)". Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  9. ^ "Filippa's Angel". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2013-02-24.
  10. ^ "Engagement of Prince Ludwig zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn".