Prince Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe (1898–1974)
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|Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe|
|Born||20 February 1898|
Sopron (Ödenburg), Hungary, Transleithania, Austria-Hungary
|Died||13 July 1974 (aged 76)|
Bückeburg, Lower Saxony, West Germany
|Father||Prince Frederick of Schaumburg-Lippe|
|Mother||Princess 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.
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
In 1927, his engagement to Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark, a daughter of Constantine I of Greece was announced. 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; 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)
He died aged 76 on 13 July 1974 at Bückeburg, a year before his wife.
His four children live in Germany and Denmark.
- "Princess Irene of Greece Tells Engagement To Prince Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe". The New York Times. 13 October 1927. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
- "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.
- "Princess Feodora Bride; Niece of King of Denmark Wed to Cousin, Prince Christian". The New York Times. 10 September 1937. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- "About People". The Age. 11 September 1937. p. 14. Retrieved 18 March 2013.