Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Richard & Madeleine zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
This postcard was probably published shortly after the marriage of HSH Richard, 4th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1882-1925), and HSH Princess Madeleine of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg (1885-1976). The couple were married at Langenzell, Baden, on November 21, 1905. This postcard was mailed on February 26, 1906.
The couple had three children: Gustav, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1907-missing 1944 and declared dead in 1969) who married Margareta Fouché d'Ortrante; Christian Heinrich, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein (1908-1983); Prince Ludwig-Ferdinand (1910-1943), who married Princess Friederike Juliane of Salms-Hortsmar.
Gustav and Margareta's eldest son, Richard, married to Princess Benedikte of Denmark. He died in March 2017. They had one son and two daughters.
Hereditary Prince Gustav has been involved in a long term relationship with Carina Axelsson, but they cannot marry because of the terms set in his grandfather's will. It is unlikely that the will can be overturned, which means that the estate and title will eventually pass to Christian-Heinrich's line.
Prince Richard's younger brother, Prince Robin, has one son, Prince Sebastian, who is married to a commoner, which means which Sebastian and his descendants are excluded from the succession. The next in line is Bernhart, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein (1962), the only son of Christian-Heinrich and his second wife, Princess Desiree of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein.
Bernhart was married in 1996 to Countess Katharina von Podewils-Dürnwitz. They have one son, Prince Wenzel, born in 1997.