Claus Felix von Amsberg

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Klaus Felix von Amsberg
Spouse Baroness Gösta von dem Bussche-Haddenhausen
Sigrid von Amsberg
Prince Claus of the Netherlands
Rixa von Amsberg
Margit von Amsberg
Barbara von Amsberg
Theda von Amsberg
Christina von Amsberg
Full name
German: Klaus Felix Friedrich Leopold Gabriel Archim Julius August von Amsberg
Family Amsberg
Father Wilhelm von Amsberg
Mother Elise von Vieregge
Born (1890-09-01)1 September 1890
Rehna, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany
Died 19 December 1953(1953-12-19) (aged 63)
Jasebeck, West Germany

Klaus Felix von Amsberg (German: Klaus Felix Friedrich Leopold Gabriel Archim Julius August von Amsberg; 1 September 1890 – 19 December 1953) was a member of the German Niederer Adel (lower nobility) and father of Prince Claus of the Netherlands, who was the father of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, thus making him the paternal grandfather of the current Dutch monarch.

Early life[edit]

He was born at Rehna, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, German Empire (now Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany), the first child of Wilhelm von Amsberg (1856–1929), by his marriage to Elise von Vieregge (1866–1951).

In World War I he fought as a German officer in the Imperial German Army at the side of General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck in German East Africa.

Claus was from 1917 the steward of an estate after a failed venture in Africa as a planter.

In 1928 he moved with his family to Tanganyika (now Tanzania), where he remained during the outbreak of World War II as the manager of an Anglo-German tea and sisal plantation. He returned to Germany in 1947.


Claus married on 4 September 1924 at Hitzacker to Baroness Gösta von dem Bussche-Haddenhausen (1902–1996), daughter of Baron George von dem Bussche-Haddenhausen and Baroness Gabriele von dem Bussche-Ippenburg.

Together they had six daughters and one son:

  • Sigrid von Amsberg (born 26 June 1925), married in 1952 to Bernd Jencquel, had issue.
  • Claus von Amsberg (6 September 1926 – 6 October 2002), married in 1966 to Beatrix of the Netherlands, had issue.
  • Rixa von Amsberg (18 November 1927 – 2010), married to Peter Ahrend
  • Margit von Amsberg (16 October 1930 – 1988), married in 1964 to Ernst Grubitz, had issue.
  • Barbara von Amsberg (born 16 October 1930), married in 1963 to Günther Haarhaus, had issue.
  • Theda von Amsberg (born 30 June 1939), married in 1966 to Baron Karl von Friesen, had issue.
  • Christina von Amsberg (born 20 January 1945), married in 1971 to Baron Hans Hubertus von der Recke, had issue.

He died, aged 63, in Jasebeck, West Germany, of a heart attack.


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