Stephan, Prince of Lippe

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His Serene Highness
The Prince of Lippe
Born (1959-05-24) May 24, 1959 (age 65)
Detmold, West Germany
Spouse Countess Maria of Solms-Laubach
Issue Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Lippe
Prince Heinrich of Lippe
Prince Benjamin of Lippe
Princess Luise of Lippe
Princess Mathilde of Lippe
House Lippe
Father Armin, Prince of Lippe
Mother Traute Becker

Stephan Leopold Justus Richard, Prince of Lippe (In German: Stephan Prinz zur Lippe; born 24 May 1959) has been the head of the House of Lippe since 2015. His traditional titles include Prince of Lippe, Lord and Count of Biesterfeld, Count of Schwalenberg and Sternberg, Hereditary Burgrave of Utrecht, etc.

Prince Stephan was born in Detmold the only child of Armin, Prince of Lippe and Traute Becker.[1]

The prince is the owner of Detmold Castle which is open to the public. He also owns vast forests in the Teutoburger Wald region and in the state of Brandenburg. He is a lawyer and became widely known for his opposition to a nature reserve in the district of Lippe which would have included large parts of his forests. He finally succeeded in getting the project dropped in 2012.

Marriage and children[edit]

He married Countess Maria of Solms-Laubach, daughter of Otto, 10th Count of Solms-Laubach and Princess Madeleine of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, on 15 October 1994 in Detmold. The wedding was attended by European royalty, among them the bridegroom's uncle Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld and his wife, former Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, the bride's maternal uncle Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and his wife Princess Benedikte of Denmark, the bride's second cousin, Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia, and many other members of formerly ruling families of Germany.

The couple live at Detmold Castle and have five children:


8. Ernest II, Count of Lippe-Biesterfeld
4. Leopold IV, Prince of Lippe
9. Countess Karoline of Wartensleben
2. Armin, Prince of Lippe
10. Bruno, 3rd Prince of Ysenburg and Büdingen
5. Princess Anna of Ysenburg and Büdingen
11. Countess Bertha of Castell-Rüdenhausen
1. Stephan, Prince of Lippe
12. Gustav Becker
6. Gustav Becker
13. Katharina Senff
3. Marie Traute Becker
14. Hermann Meyer
7. Sophie Meyer
15. Sophie Rath


  1. Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh (1977). Burke's Royal Families of the World. Vol. 1. Burke's Peerage. p. 228. Retrieved 18 March 2011.
Stephan, Prince of Lippe
Born: 24 May 1959
Preceded by — TITULAR —
Prince of Lippe
20 August 2015 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Principality abolished in 1918
Prince Bernhard
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