Gustav, 7th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

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Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Predecessor Prince Richard
Heir presumptive Prince Robin
Born (1969-01-12) January 12, 1969 (age 48)
Frankfurt am Main, West Germany
Full name
Gustav Frederik Philip Richard
House Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Father Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Mother Princess Benedikte of Denmark
Styles of
Gustav, 7th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
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Reference style His Highness
Spoken style Your Highness
Alternative style Sir

Gustav, 7th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg[1] (Gustav Frederik Philip Richard; born 12 January 1969 in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany),[2] is the eldest child and only son of Princess Benedikte of Denmark and Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.[3]


Prince Gustav is the head of the House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, the senior branch of the formerly princely house of Sayn.[4] He resides at Schloss Berleburg-Wittgenstein in the town of Bad Berleburg, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He is the son of Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Princess Benedikte of Denmark and has two sisters, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

The principality and princely title of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg descended, historically, according to semi-Salic primogeniture.[4] If the unmarried and childless Gustav dies without legitimate issue, the family heritage devolves upon his father's younger brother, Prince Robin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.[1]

Gustav was formerly engaged to be married to Elvire Pasté de Rochefort, with the engagement being announced on 16 August 2000 and wedding planned for 12 May 2001 in Paris. The wedding did not occur. It was announced on 16 July 2001. Today he resides with his partner, Carina Axelsson.

He is the godfather of Count Richard von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, son of his sister Alexandra, Konstantin Johannsmann, son of his second sister Nathalie, and Prince Vincent of Denmark, son of his cousin the Crown Prince of Denmark.



  1. ^ a b In 1919 royalty and nobility were mandated to lose 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.
  2. ^ Lundy, Darryl (26 August 2009). "Person Page – 4054". The Peerage. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "HRH Princess Benedikte". The Danish Monarchy (Official Site). Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XIX. "Sayn-Wittgenstein". C.A. Starke Verlag, 2011, pp.314–338. ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6.

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Gustav, 7th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Cadet branch of the House of Sayn-Wittgenstein
Born: 12 January 1969
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Princess Benedikte of Denmark
Line of succession to the British throne
(descended from Arthur, son of Victoria)
Succeeded by
Princess Alexandra
of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
German nobility
Preceded by
Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Reason for succession failure:
German Revolution of 1918-19