Prince Waldemar of Schaumburg-Lippe

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Prince Waldemar
Born19 December 1940
Glienicke, Province of Brandenburg, Nazi Germany
Died11 August 2020(2020-08-11) (aged 79)
United States
Spouse
Anne-Lise Johansen
(m. 1977; div. 1991)

Karin Grundmann
(m. 2001; div. 2002)

Ruth Schneidewind
(m. 2002; div. 2003)

(m. 2008)
IssuePrincess Eleonore
HouseLippe
FatherPrince Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe
MotherPrincess Feodora of Denmark

Prince Waldemar of Schaumburg-Lippe (German: Waldemar Stephan Ferdinand Wolrad Friedrich Karl Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe; 19 December 1940 – 11 August 2020) was a German-born banker and member of the House of Schaumburg-Lippe. He was a twice great-grandson of Frederick VIII of Denmark, as such he was a twice second cousin of Margrethe II.

Life[edit]

Prince Waldemar was born in Germany in 1940. Queen Alexandrine of Denmark was among his godparents.[1] At the age of five, he moved to Denmark to live with his maternal aunt and uncle, Princess Caroline-Mathilde and Prince Knud.[2][3] At the age of 10, he returned to Germany. He later trained as a banker.[4]

In 1977, he moved to Denmark once again and became a Danish citizen upon marrying Anne-Lise Johansen, the court photographer of his twice second cousin, Margrethe II. In 1991, Johansen told her husband she had taken a lover and intended to divorce him. He left Denmark for good following his divorce and was charged with illegal possession of a weapon after threatening to shoot his ex-wife and her lover.[5][6] Johansen died in 1994. Due to the scandal his divorce and criminal charges caused, Prince Waldemar was no longer invited to the Danish court.

Prince Waldemar was in the line of succession to the British throne as a descendant of George II of Great Britain's granddaughter, Caroline Matilda.[7]

Prince Waldemar died on 11 August 2020 in the United States at the age of 79.[8]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Prince Waldemar first married Anne-Lise Johansen on 10 September 1977. They divorced in 1991. They had one child:

He marriage secondly Karin Grundmann in 2001. They divorced in 2002. They had no children.

He married thirdly Ruth Schneidewind in 2002. They divorced in 2003. They had no children.

Prince Waldemar married fourthly Gertraud Antonia Schöppl on 20 September 2008 at Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna. He adopted the adult son of his wife:

  • Mario-Helmut Wagner (b. 23 December 1977). He legally changed his given name to Mario Max Prince Antonius Adolf Albert Eduard Oliver Gertraud Edith Helga Magdalena Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe

Alexander, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe, the head of Waldemar's dynasty, issued a statement proclaiming his disapproval of his fourth marriage and the adoption of his stepson.[9]

Ancestry[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bakalus, Silla. "Prins Waldemars liv var kulørt: 'Det var jo en rigtig, royal skandale'". B.T. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  2. ^ Bakalus, Silla. "Prins Waldemars liv var kulørt: 'Det var jo en rigtig, royal skandale'". B.T. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Dronningens halvfætter prins Waldemar er død". Midtjyllands Avis. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Dronningens halvfætter prins Waldemar er død". Midtjyllands Avis. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  5. ^ Bakalus, Silla. "Prins Waldemars liv var kulørt: 'Det var jo en rigtig, royal skandale'". B.T. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Dronningens halvfætter prins Waldemar er død". Midtjyllands Avis. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  7. ^ Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels (Limburg: C.A. Starke, 1951-present) Fürstliche Häuser 14:197
  8. ^ "Dronningens halvfætter prins Waldemar er død". Midtjyllands Avis. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  9. ^ Statement issued by the Head of the Schaumburg-Lippe family about the marriage between Prince Waldemar of Schaumburg-Lippe and Gertraud-Antonia Wagner-Schöppl, 19.09.2008

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Prince Waldemar
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Reference styleHis Serene Highness
Spoken styleYour Serene Highness