Alexandra Prinzessin von Hannover

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Princess Alexandra of Ysenburg and Büdingen
Princess Welf Henry of Hanover
Born(1937-10-23)23 October 1937
Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany
Died1 June 2015(2015-06-01) (aged 77)
Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany
SpousePrince Welf Henry of Hanover
Full name
German: Alexandra Sophie Cecilie Anna Maria Friederike Benigna Dorothea[1][2]
HouseHouse of Ysenburg-Büdingen
House of Hanover
FatherOtto Friedrich III, Prince of Ysenburg and Büdingen in Wächtersbach
MotherFelicitas Anna Eleonore Cecilie, Princess Reuss of Köstritz

Alexandra Prinzessin von Hannover (née Alexandra Sophie Cecilie Anna Maria Friederike Benigna Dorothea Prinzessin zu Ysenburg und Büdingen; 23 October 1937 – 1 June 2015) was a German politician, philanthropist, and wife of Prince Welf Henry of Hanover. Hannover lastly served as a councilwoman representing the Niederrad district of Frankfurt on the Frankfurt City Council (German: Frankfurter Stadtverordnetenversammlung).[3][4] She was a member of the Christian Democratic Union political party.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Princess Alexandra of Ysenburg and Büdingen was born on 23 October 1937 in Frankfurt am Main[1][2][3] and was the second eldest child and only daughter of Otto Friedrich III, Prince of Ysenburg and Büdingen in Wächtersbach and his wife Felicitas Anna Eleonore Cecilie, Princess Reuss of Köstritz.[1]

Alexandra married Prince Welf Henry of Hanover, the fourth son of Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick and his wife Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia, in a civil ceremony on 20 September 1960 at Büdingen, Hesse,[1] and in a religious ceremony on the following day at the Marienkirche in Büdingen.[1][2] The couple had no children. She is the aunt of Queen Sofía of Spain and King Constantine II of Greece, and grandaunt of King Felipe VI of Spain. She died on 1 June 2015, aged 77, three days before the death of her sister-in-law Monika, Dowager Princess of Hanover.[5]

Professional life[edit]

Alexandra represented the Frankfurt district of Niederrad[3][4] on the Frankfurt City Council since 1980.[3][4] She lastly served as the Chairwoman of the Culture and Leisure Committee.[3][4]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 23 October 1937 – 20 September 1960: Her Serene Highness Princess Alexandra of Ysenburg and Büdingen
  • 20 September 1960– 1 June 2015: Her Royal Highness Princess Welf Henry of Hanover

Alexandra's courtesy title remained Prinzessin Welf Heinrich von Hannover but she was better known by her professional and legal name Alexandra Prinzessin von Hannover with her title as a Princess of Hanover used as her surname.

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Darryl Lundy (27 May 2003). "Alexandra Sophie Prinzessin zu Ysenburg und Büdingen". thePeerage.com. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  2. ^ a b c Henri van Oene (15 December 2003). "Genealogy of the Royal Family of the Netherlands". geocities.com/henrivanoene. Henri van Oene's Royal Genealogies Page. Archived from the original on 25 October 2009. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  3. ^ a b c d e f CDU (2008). "Alexandra Prinzessin von Hannover". Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands (CDU). Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  4. ^ a b c d e Konstanze Crüwell (2007-01-12). "Alexandra Prinzessin von Hannover". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  5. ^ "Prinzessin von Hannover: Große Frau der Kultur". Frankfurter Rundschau (FR). 2 June 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-02.

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