Alexander, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe

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His Serene Highness
The Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe
Born (1958-12-25) 25 December 1958 (age 65)
Düsseldorf, Germany
Princess Marie Luise of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
(m. 1993; div. 2002)

Nadja Anna Zsoeks
(m. 2007; div. 2018)

Mahkameh Navabi
(m. 2020)
Issue Hereditary Prince Heinrich Donatus
Princess Felipa
Princess Philomena
House Schaumburg-Lippe
Father Philipp-Ernst, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe
Mother Baroness Eva-Benita von Tiele-Winckler

Ernst August Alexander Christian Viktor Hubert, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe (born 25 December 1958), known as Alexander is the head of the House of Schaumburg-Lippe, which ruled the sovereign principality of the same name within the German Empire until 1918.


He was born in Düsseldorf, the second son of Philipp-Ernst, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe (1928-2003) and his wife Baroness Eva-Benita von Tiele-Winckler (1927-2013).[1]

At the time of the death of his grandfather, Prince Wolrad in 1962, Alexander was unlikely to succeed to the headship of the princely house. However following the death of his older brother Hereditary Prince Georg-Wilhelm in a motorcycle accident on 31 July 1983, Alexander became the heir apparent and new Hereditary Prince.[1] He succeeded as head of the princely house following his father's death on 28 August 2003.

He studied law at Göttingen and moved into Bückeburg Palace upon his succession, managing the properties of the House. He is also known as a devoted jazz pianist, and has occasionally given concerts together with his friend Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern, a saxophonist.

Marriage and children[edit]

Alexander married Princess Marie Luise "Lilly" of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (born 1972), daughter of Otto Ludwig Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and his wife, Annette Baroness of Cramm, at Bückeburg on 27 August 1993;[1] they had one son before divorcing in 2002:

Alexander married Nadja Anna Zsoeks (born 20 February 1975) civilly at Bückeburg on June 28, 2007 and religiously at Bückeburg two days later, June 30. They officially announced that they had separated on March 27, 2015. Nadja is an attorney in Munich. Before their divorce in June 2018, the couple had two daughters:

At the family seat Bückeburg Palace, Alexander married Iranian pianist Mahkameh Navabi on September 12, 2020.[2][3]

Titles and Styles

  • 25 December 1958-29 July 1983 His Serene Highness Prince Alexander of Schaumburg-Lippe
  • 30 July 1983-28 August 2003: His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince Alexander of Schaumburg-Lippe
  • 28 August 2003-present His Serene Highness Alexander, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe


8. George, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe
4. Wolrad, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe
9. Princess Marie Anne of Saxe-Altenburg
2. Philipp-Ernst, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe
10. Prince Albrecht of Schaumburg-Lippe
5. Princess Bathildis of Schaumburg-Lippe
11. Duchess Elsa of Württemberg
1. Alexander, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe
12. Walther von Tiele-Winkler
6. Count Hans-Werner von Tiele-Winkler
13. Countess Helene Grote
3. Baroness Eva-Benita von Tiele-Winckler
14. Count Gerd von Bassewitz
7. Countess Elisabeth von Bassewitz
15. Baroness Viktoria von Beaulieu-Marconnay


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XVI. "Haus Schaumburg-Lippe". C.A. Starke Verlag, 2001, pp. 159-163. ISBN 978-3-7980-0824-3.
  2. Cope, Rebecca. "Handsome European royal Prince Heinrich Donatus attends wedding of his father". Tatler. Retrieved 2020-09-20.
  3. "Alexander zu Schaumburg-Lippe und Mahkameh Navabi: Fürstenpaar gibt sich das Ja-Wort". (in German). Retrieved 2020-09-20.

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Alexander, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe
Born: December 25 1958
Preceded by — TITULAR —
Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe
28 August 2003 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Monarchy abolished in 1918
Prince Heinrich-Donatus
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