Prince Welf Henry of Hanover

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Prince Welf Henry
Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Born(1923-03-11)11 March 1923
Gmunden, Upper Austria, Austria[1][2]
Died12 July 1997(1997-07-12) (aged 74)
Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany[2]
Burial14 July 1997
Waldensberg, Hesse, Germany
SpousePrincess Alexandra of Ysenburg and Büdingen
Full name
Welf Henry Ernest Augustus George Christian Berthold Frederick William Louis Ferdinand
German: Welf Heinrich Ernst August Georg Christian Berthold Friedrich Wilhelm Louis Ferdinand[1][2]
FatherErnest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick
MotherPrincess Victoria Louise of Prussia

Prince Welf Henry of Hanover (Welf Heinrich Ernst August Georg Christian Berthold Friedrich Wilhelm Louis Ferdinand Prinz von Hannover;[1][2] 11 March 1923 – 12 July 1997) was the fourth son of Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick and his wife Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia,[1][2] the only daughter of Wilhelm II, German Emperor and Augusta Viktoria of Schleswig-Holstein. The prince was known to his family as "Welfi."[2]

Marriage and personal life[edit]

Welf Henry married Princess Alexandra Sophie of Ysenburg and Büdingen[1][2] (born 23 October 1937[1][2] in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany,[3] died 1 June 2015 in Frankfurt am Main[4]), daughter of Otto Friedrich III, Prince of Ysenburg and Büdingen in Wächtersbach and his wife Felicitas Anna Eleonore Cecilie, Princess Reuss of Köstritz,[1] on 20 September 1960 at Büdingen, Hesse, Germany, in a civil marriage ceremony,[1] and on the following day in a religious ceremony at the Marienkirche in Büdingen.[1][2] The couple had no children.

Welf Henry and Alexandra lived in Frankfurt's Niederrad district.[5] Alexandra had served as a city councilwoman representing Niederrad on the Frankfurt City Council since 1980.[5] She was a member of the Christian Democratic Union political party.[3][5]

Welf Henry died in 1997 after a long illness.[2][5]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 11 March 1923 – 12 July 1997: His Royal Highness Prince Welf Henry of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg


Welf Henry was a descendant of Victoria of the United Kingdom and Albert, Prince Consort through their eldest daughter Victoria, Princess Royal, the wife of Frederick III, German Emperor. His sister, Princess Friederike of Hanover married Paul I, King of the Hellenes.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Darryl Lundy (10 May 2003). "Welf Heinrich Hanover, Prince of Hanover". Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Henri van Oene (15 December 2003). "Genealogy of the Royal Family of the Netherlands". Henri van Oene's Royal Genealogies Page. Archived from the original on 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2008-08-17. External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ a b CDU (2008). "Alexandra Prinzessin von Hannover". Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands (CDU). Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  4. ^ "Prinzessin von Hannover: Große Frau der Kultur". Frankfurter Rundschau (FR). 2 June 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-02.
  5. ^ a b c d Konstanze Crüwell (12 January 2007). "Alexandra Prinzessin von Hannover". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). Retrieved 2008-08-17.