Prince Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe

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Prince Christian
Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe
Born(1898-02-20)20 February 1898
Sopron (Ödenburg), Hungary, Transleithania, Austria-Hungary
Died13 July 1974(1974-07-13) (aged 76)
Bückeburg, Lower Saxony, West Germany
(m. 1937)
German: Christian Nikolaus Wilhelm Friedrich Albert Ernst
FatherPrince Frederick of Schaumburg-Lippe
MotherPrincess Louise of Denmark

Prince Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe (German: Christian zu Schaumburg-Lippe; 20 February 1898 – 13 July 1974) was a German prince and head of the Náchod branch of the princely house of Schaumburg-Lippe.

Early life[edit]

Prince Christian (in grey uniform) at the funeral of his grandmother, the late Danish Queen Mother, in 1926.

He was born on 20 February 1898 in Sopron, Hungary as the only son and second child of Frederick of Schaumburg-Lippe (1868–1945) and his first wife Princess Louise of Denmark, younger sister of King Christian X of Denmark.

Marriage and issue[edit]

In 1927, his engagement to Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark, a daughter of Constantine I of Greece was announced.[1] Nothing ever came of these plans, however. She later married Prince Aimone of Savoy-Aosta.

He was also briefly considered as a marriage candidate for Princess Juliana, the heiress to the Dutch throne. They had met each other in 1932 in Mecklenburg, the home of Juliana’s paternal relations. His reputation as a womanizer, his previous called off engagement and his German heritage did not make him a popular choice, but he was reconsidered after other candidates were rejected by the Queen or Juliana herself. These plans, however, did not prove fruitful either.

On 9 September 1937, he married his cousin, Princess Feodora, daughter of Prince Harald of Denmark, a younger brother of King Christian X and Princess Louise, at Fredensborg Palace, Zealand, Denmark;[2][3][4] they had four children.

  • Prince Wilhelm of Schaumburg-Lippe (b. 19 August 1939)
  • Prince Waldemar of Schaumburg-Lippe (19 December 1940 – 11 August 2020)
  • Princess Marie of Schaumburg-Lippe (b. 27 December 1945)
  • Prince Harald of Schaumburg-Lippe (b. 27 March 1948)

Later life[edit]

He died aged 76 on 13 July 1974 at Bückeburg, a year before his wife.

His four children live in Germany and Denmark.




  1. ^ "Princess Irene of Greece Tells Engagement To Prince Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe". The New York Times. 13 October 1927. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
  2. ^ "King Approves Troth of Danish Princess; He Receives Feodora and Her Fiance, Prince Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe". The New York Times. 13 May 1937. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Princess Feodora Bride; Niece of King of Denmark Wed to Cousin, Prince Christian". The New York Times. 10 September 1937. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  4. ^ "About People". The Age. 11 September 1937. p. 14. Retrieved 18 March 2013.


  • Bramsen, Bo (1992). Huset Glücksborg. Europas svigerfader og hans efterslægt [The House of Glücksburg. The Father-in-law of Europe and his descendants] (in Danish) (2nd ed.). Copenhagen: Forlaget Forum. ISBN 87-553-1843-6.