Wittekind, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont

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Wittekind
Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Head of House of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Tenure30 November 1967 – present
PredecessorJosias, Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Born (1936-03-09) 9 March 1936 (age 82)
Arolsen, Nazi Germany
Spouse
IssuePrince Carl-Anton
Prince Josias
Prince Johannes
Full name
Wittekind Adolf Heinrich Georg-Wilhelm
HouseWaldeck and Pyrmont
FatherJosias, Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
MotherDuchess Altburg of Oldenburg
Wittekind, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Military service
Allegiance West Germany
RankLieutenant Colonel

Wittekind Adolf Heinrich Georg-Wilhelm, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont (born 9 March 1936) has been since 1967 the head of the House of Waldeck and Pyrmont.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Arolsen the son of Hereditary Prince Josias of Waldeck and Pyrmont and his wife, Duchess Altburg of Oldenburg (1903–2001).[1] Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler were his godfathers.[2] Wittekind, who has served in the German Armed Forces and held the rank Lieutenant Colonel, succeeded as head of the House of Waldeck and Pyrmont on the death of his father on 30 November 1967.[2] He lives with his family at Arolsen Castle.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Wittekind was married on 19 May 1988 in Frohnleiten to Countess Cecilie von Goëss-Saurau (b. 1956) with issue:

  • Prince Carl-Anton of Waldeck and Pyrmont (b. 1991)
  • Prince Josias of Waldeck and Pyrmont (b. 1993)
  • Prince Johannes of Waldeck and Pyrmont (b. 1993)

Titles, styles, honours, and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 9 March 1936 – 30 November 1967: His Serene Highness Prince Wittekind of Waldeck and Pyrmont
  • 30 November 1967 – present: His Serene Highness The Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont

Honours[edit]

Ancestors[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh. "Burke’s Royal Families of the World: Volume I Europe & Latin America, 1977, p. 287. ISBN 0-85011-023-8
  2. ^ a b Petropoulos, Jonathan (2006). Royals and the Reich: The Princes Von Hessen in Nazi Germany. Oxford University Press. pp. 265, 266. ISBN 0-19-516133-5.
  3. ^ "Aufgeschlossen für Wald, Kultur, Sport und Tradition". Waldeckische Landeszeitung. 9 August 2001. Retrieved 21 March 2008.[dead link]
Wittekind, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Cadet branch of the House of Waldeck
Born: 9 March 1936
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Prince Josias
— TITULAR —
Prince of Waldeck
30 November 1967 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Monarchy abolished in 1918
Incumbent
Heir:
Prince Carl-Anton
British royalty
Preceded by
Sophie Dierbach
Line of succession to the British throne Succeeded by
Prince Carl-Anton of Waldeck and Pyrmont