Armin, Prince of Lippe
|Prince of Lippe|
|Tenure||30 December 1949 – 20 August 2015|
|Born||18 August 1924
Detmold, Weimar Republic
|Died||20 August 2015 (aged 91)
|Issue||Stephan, Prince of Lippe|
|Mother||Princess Anna of Ysenburg and Büdingen|
Armin, Prince of Lippe (Armin Leopold Ernst Bruno Heinrich Willa August Fürst zur Lippe; 18 August 1924 – 20 August 2015, also in Detmold) was the son of Leopold IV, Prince of Lippe and his second wife, Princess Anna of Ysenburg and Büdingen.
Head of the House of Lippe
Armin succeeded his father as head of the House of Lippe following the latter's death on 30 December 1949. On 22 March 1953, he renounced his position in favour of his older half brother, Prince Leopold. This move proved controversial within the house, and several princes started legal proceedings. Prince Leopold later in 1958 renounced the headship in favour of his older brother, Hereditary Prince Ernst. Later in that year, the Hereditary Prince called a family council, where it was agreed by the princes in attendance that the oldest prince living in Germany would be head of the house. So the position went to Prince Simon Casimir (1900–1980).
Although agreeing at the time, Prince Ernst August of Lippe, the son of Prince Julius Ernst of Lippe and Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg, later changed his mind, believing that all princes of house, not just those living in Germany, should be considered. He ultimately assumed the headship of the house. Ernst August died in 1990 and his son Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Lippe (b. 1947) has continued his claim. Prince Armin, who said he did not think his decision in 1953 was irrevocable, also claimed to be head of the house, given the fact that he inherited the family fortune, including farming land, forests and the princely castle at Detmold, where he was living.
Marriage and child
Prince Armn married Traute Becker, daughter of Gustav Becker and Charlotte Meyer, on 27 March 1953, in Göttingen, Germany, in a civil marriage followed by a religious ceremony on 29 March 1953, in Celle, Lower Saxony, Germany. They had one child:
- Petra Mc Millen, Princess of Lippe (b. 18 May 1965) *Married to Lord Thomas William James Mc Millen of Ulster (b. 16 March 1960) they have two sons.
|Ancestors of Armin, Prince of Lippe|
- Beéche, Arturo E. (October 2006). "A Headless House? The Dynastic Dispute of the House of Lippe". European Royal History Journal (LIII): 13–17.
- Schloss Detmold (in German)
Armin, Prince of LippeBorn: 18 August 1924 Died: 20 August 2015
|Titles in pretence|
Prince Leopold IV
|— TITULAR —
Prince of Lippe
30 December 1949 – 20 August 2015
Reason for succession failure:
Principality abolished in 1918