Wittekind, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont

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His Serene Highness
Wittekind
The Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Head of the House of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Tenure 30 November 1967 – present
Predecessor Josias, Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Born (1936-03-09) 9 March 1936 (age 88)
Arolsen, Germany
Spouse
Countess Cecilie von Goëss-Saurau
(m. 1988)
Issue Prince Carl-Anton
Prince Josias
Prince Johannes
Full name
Wittekind Adolf Heinrich Georg-Wilhelm
House Waldeck and Pyrmont
Father Josias, Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Mother Duchess Altburg of Oldenburg

Wittekind Adolf Heinrich Georg-Wilhelm, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont (born 9 March 1936) has been the head of the House of Waldeck and Pyrmont since 1967.[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] The Führer und Reichskanzler of Germany, Adolf Hitler and the Reichsführer of the Schutzstaffel (Protection Squadron; SS), 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). They have three sons.

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

Honours[edit]

  • 9 August 2001: Federal Cross of Merit of Hesse.[3]

Ancestors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh. "Burke’s Royal Families of the World: Volume I Europe & Latin America, 1977, p. 287. ISBN 0-85011-023-8
  2. 2.0 2.1 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
Born: 9 March 1936
Preceded by — TITULAR —
Prince of Waldeck
30 November 1967 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Monarchy abolished in 1918
Incumbent
Heir:
Prince Carl-Anton
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