Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

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6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Prince Richard.jpg
The Prince in Stockholm at Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's wedding celebrations, June 2010
Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Predecessor Prince Gustav Albrecht
Successor Prince Gustav
Born (1934-10-29)29 October 1934
Giessen, Hesse, Nazi Germany
Died 13 March 2017(2017-03-13) (aged 82)
Berleburg, Siegen-Wittgenstein, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Burial Forest Cemetery Sengelsberg, Berleburg
Spouse Princess Benedikte of Denmark
(m. 1968)
Issue Gustav, 7th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Princess Alexandra
Princess Nathalie
Full name
Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin
House House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Father Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Mother Margareta Fouché d'Otrante

Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin; 29 October 1934 – 13 March 2017)[1] was the head of the House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and husband of Princess Benedikte of Denmark.


Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin was the eldest son of Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, a highly decorated German army officer declared missing in 1944 yet only legally declared dead in 1969, and Margareta Fouché d'Otrante, a descendant of Napoleonic statesman Joseph Fouché. Richard was raised in Sweden with his maternal grandfather, the Duke of Otranto, at Elghammar Castle. He attended the boarding schools Viggbyholm and Sigtuna.

Having studied arboreal science at Munich University, Prince Richard obtained his forestry diploma at the University of Göttingen in Lower Saxony. He took post-graduate training as Forstreferendar, obtaining a degree as Assessor des Forstdienstes after passing the second-level examination at the North Rhine Westphalian State Forestry Service.[2]

In July 2003, he underwent surgery for treatment of prostate cancer; previously, he had undergone treatment for skin cancer.[3]


Prince Richard engaged in several conservation programmes, while responsible for managing his family's extensive lands in Germany.[4] He launched a project to re-introduce European bison to the native continent on part of his 32,000 acre estate in North Rhine-Westphalia, credited as a success by Rewilding Europe as part of a larger effort to restore depleted animals across Europe.[5]

Berleburg Castle


Richard married Princess Benedikte of Denmark at Fredensborg Palace Church on 3 February 1968. She is the second daughter of Frederick IX of Denmark and Ingrid of Sweden and younger sister of Margrethe II of Denmark.[2] The couple lived at Berleburg Castle. Pursuant to the marriage contract, in Denmark Richard and his children by Princess Benedikte were to be attributed the style of Highness, rather than the unknown Durchlaucht ("Serene Highness") to which the Sayn princes were historically entitled in Germany.[4]

While the couple were raising their family Princess Benedikte reduced her royal engagements in Denmark, where she spent only about a quarter of her time.[4]


Prince Richard died suddenly on 13 March 2017 at the castle of Berleburg in Germany.[6] He was 82.

Children and grandchildren[edit]

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Styles of
Prince Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Reference style His Highness
Spoken style Your Highness
Alternative style Sir


His Highness Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.


National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]



  1. ^ Paulsen, Tommy M. (14 March 2017). "HH Prince Richard Has Died". (in Danish). Royal Family of Denmark. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Unasylva - No. 88 - News of the world". Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  3. ^ "iEuropa – News > Infos concernant iEuropa". Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  4. ^ a b c d Eilers, Marlene. Queen Victoria's Descendants. Rosvall Royal Books, Falkoping, Sweden, 1997. pp.100, 158-159, 179. ISBN 91-630-5964-9
  5. ^ "German Prince Plans To Put Bison Back In The Wild | KUNC". Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  6. ^ "His Highness Prince Richard passes away". 14 March 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "realm3/denmark1/benedikte". Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  8. ^ "Image: Dinner Christiansborg Palace Q6oBsSwD26Il.jpg, (397 × 594 px)". Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  9. ^ "Princess Nathalie of Sayn Wittgenstein-Berleburg and her father : Photographic image" (JPG). Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  10. ^ "Image: AlexandraSWBWeddingFrontView.jpg, (319 × 480 px)". Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  11. ^ "Image: den6.jpg, (388 × 588 px)". Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  12. ^ "Danish Princess Benedicte and her Husband Prince Richard : Photographic image" (JPG). Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  13. ^ "Photographic image" (JPG). Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  14. ^ "Photographic image" (JPG). Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  15. ^ "Queen Margrethe II's Silver Jubilee: January 14, 1997 - The Royal Forums". Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "Princess Benedicte and her Husband Prince Richard : Photographic image" (JPG). Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  17. ^ "Danish Princess Benedicte and her Husband Prince Richard : Photographic image" (JPG). Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  18. ^ "Crown Princess Wedding Guests : Photographic image" (JPG). Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  19. ^ "Boletín Oficial del Estado" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  20. ^ "Photographic image" (JPG). Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  21. ^ "Princess Benedikte of Denmark : Photographic image" (JPG). Retrieved 2015-09-05. 

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Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Born: 29 October 1934
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Prince Gustav Albrecht
Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Reason for succession failure:
German Revolution of 1918-19
Succeeded by
Prince Gustav