Prince Christoph of Hesse

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Prince Christoph
Prince of Hesse
Cristóbal de Hesse, 1901.jpg
Born (1901-05-14)14 May 1901
Frankfurt, Germany
Died 7 October 1943(1943-10-07) (aged 42)
Forlì, Italy
Spouse Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark
Issue Princess Christina Margarethe
Princess Dorothea Charlotte Karin
Prince Karl Adolf Andreas
Prince Rainer Christoph Friedrich
Princess Clarissa Alice
House Hesse-Kassel
Father Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse
Mother Princess Margaret of Prussia

Christoph Ernst August of Hesse (Frankfurt, 14 May 1901 – Apennine Mountains near Forlì, 7 October 1943) was the fifth son of Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse and Princess Margaret of Prussia. He was a German SS officer killed accidentally during World War II.


Prince Christophe was a director in the Third Reich's Ministry of Air Forces, Commander of the Air Reserves, and held the rank of Oberführer in the SS.[1] On 7 October 1943, he was killed in an airplane accident in the Apennine Mountains near Forlì, Italy.[1] His body was found two days later.


Born in Frankfurt, Prince Christoph was a great-grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha through their eldest daughter Victoria, Princess Royal, wife of Frederick III, German Emperor.

Christoph married Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark on 15 December 1930 in Kronberg im Taunus, Germany.[1] Princess Sophie was the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg, and the sister of the future Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

They had five children:[2]

  • Princess Christina Margarethe of Hesse (b. Kronberg im Taunus, 10 January 1933 – 21 November 2011), married firstly in Kronberg im Taunus on 2 August 1956 and divorced in London in 1962 Prince Andrew of Yugoslavia, and had issue, and married secondly in London on 3 December 1962 and divorced in 1986 Robert Floris van Eyck a London poet, artist and art restorer,[3][4][5][6] brother of architect Aldo van Eyck and son of poet, critic, essayist and philosopher Pieter Nicolaas van Eyck and wife Nelly Estelle Benjamins, a woman of Jewish and Latin origin born and raised in Suriname,[7][8][9] and had issue
  • Princess Dorothea Charlotte Karin of Hesse (b. Schloss Panker, 24 July 1934), married civilly at Schliersee, Upper Bavaria, on 31 March 1959 and religiously in Munich on 1 April 1959 to Prince Friedrich zu Windisch-Grätz (Heiligenberg, Baden, 7 July 1917 – Gersau, 29 May 2002), and had issue
    • Marina Margherita Sophia Leontina Christiana Prinzessin zu Windisch-Grätz1 b. 3 Dec 1960
    • Clarissa Elisabetta Fiore Prinzessin zu Windisch-Grätz b. 5 Aug. 1966 married to married Eric Michel Jacques de Waele and had issue:
      • Michel Jean Henri de Waele (18 May 1986)
  • Prince Karl Adolf Andreas of Hesse (b. Berlin, 26 March 1937), married at The Hague civilly on 26 March 1966 and religiously on 18 April 1966 to Countess Yvonne Szapáry von Muraszombath, Széchysziget und Szapár (b. Budapest, 4 April 1944), and had issue, two children:
  • Prince Rainer Christoph Friedrich of Hesse (b. Kronberg im Taunus, 18 November 1939), unmarried and without issue
  • Princess Clarissa Alice of Hesse (b. Kronberg im Taunus, 6 February 1944), married in Paris on 20 July 1971 and divorced in 1976 to Claude Jean Derrien (b. Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, 12 March 1948), son of Jean Guillaume Derrien and wife Jacqueline Laine, without issue; she went on to have a daughter by an unknown father:
    • Johanna Sophia/Sophie von Hessen (b. Munich, 25 August 1980)
Name Birth Death Marriage Their children
Date Spouse
Princess Christina Margarethe of Hesse 10 January 1933 22 November 2011 2 August 1956
Divorced 31 May 1962
Prince Andrew of Yugoslavia Princess Maria Tatiana of Yugoslavia
Prince Christopher of Yugoslavia
3 December 1962
Divorced 3 February 1986
Robert Floris van Eyck Sophie van Eyck
Mark van Eyck
Princess Dorothea of Hesse 24 July 1934 31 March 1959 Prince Friedrich Karl zu Windisch-Grätz Princess Marina of Windisch-Grätz
Princess Clarissa of Windisch-Grätz
Prince Karl of Hesse 26 March 1937 26 March 1966 Countess Yvonne von Muraszombath, Széchysziget und Szapár Prince Christoph of Hesse
Princess Irina of Hesse
Prince Rainer of Hesse 18 November 1939
Princess Clarissa of Hesse 6 February 1944 20 July 1971
Divorced 1976
Jean-Claude Derrien
Johanna von Hesse