Countess Donata of Castell-Rüdenhausen

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Countess Donata of Castell-Rüdenhausen
Princess Louis Ferdinand of Prussia
Duchess Friedrich August of Oldenburg
Born (1950-06-20)20 June 1950
Rüdenhausen, Unterfranken, Germany
Died 5 September 2015(2015-09-05) (aged 65)
Traunstein, Oberbayern, Germany
Issue Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia
Princess Cornelie-Cécile of Prussia
Full name
Countess Donata Emma of Castell-Rüdenhausen
House Castell-Rüdenhausen
Father Siegfried, 4th Prince of Castell-Rüdenhausen
Mother Countess Irene of Solms-Laubach
Religion Lutheran

Countess Donata of Castell-Rüdenhausen (German: Donata Gräfin zu Castell-Rüdenhausen; 20 June 1950 – 5 September 2015) was a German noblewoman. She was the daughter of Siegfried, 4th Prince of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1916–2007), head of the Rüdenhausen branch of the House of Castell, and his wife, Countess Irene of Solms-Laubach (1925–2006). She was the mother of Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia (born 1976) the current head of the House of Hohenzollern, the ruling dynasty of the German Empire and of the Kingdom of Prussia until 1918.[1]


Countess Donata of Castell-Rüdenhausen was born on 20 June 1950 at the Castle of Rüdenhausen, Unterfranken, Germany to Siegfried, 4th Prince of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1916–2007), head of the Rüdenhausen branch of the House of Castell and his wife Countess Irene of Solms-Laubach (1925–2006). Donata was the third born child of her parents and the only daughter of eight children. She was raised Lutheran. After Abitur at Wiesentheider Gymnasium she made an apprenticeship of three years as a nurse at the German Red Cross Hospital in Würzburg.[2]

On 24 May 1975 at the Lutheran St. Peter and Paul Church in Rüdenhausen Donata married Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia (1944–1977), son of Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia (1907–1994) and his wife Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia (1909–1967). After the wedding the young couple lived in Bremen, where Louis Ferdinand worked at a bank.

Louis Ferdinand and Donata were parents of two children, a son and a daughter:

Her husband Louis Ferdinand in 1967 volunteered to serve in the West German Army (Bundeswehr) with the goal of becoming a reserve officer. In 1972 he started an apprenticeship at a bank and continued to serve his military duties on a regular basis. In 1977 he was involved in a severe accident during military maneuvers when he was pinned between two vehicles. Although his leg was amputated, he succumbed several weeks later to the trauma and died on 11 July 1977 in Bremen.

On 9 February 1991 Donata remarried Duke Friedrich August of Oldenburg (1936–July 9, 2017) at Lutheran St. Peter and Paul Church in Rüdenhausen. He had divorced from Princess Marie Cécile of Prussia on 23 November 1989. Marie Cécile was the sister of Donata's late husband Louis Ferdinand. Friedrich August is the son of Nikolaus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Oldenburg (1897-1970) and his wife Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1899–1948). They did not have children together.[3]

Donata died in Traunstein, Oberbayern, on 5 September 2015 after a long illness aged 65.[4][5] She was interred in the Mausoleum of the Grand Ducal Family of Oldenburg at the Gertrudenfriedhof in Oldenburg.[6]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 1950–1975: Her Illustrious Highness Countess Donata of Castell Rüdenhausen
  • 1975–1991: Her Imperial and Royal Highness Princess Donata of Prussia
  • 1991–2015: Her Highness Duchess Donata of Oldenburg