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; Charles 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, is married to Princess Benedikte of Denmark. They have 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 has a younger brother, Prince Robin, but Robin's only son, Prince Sebastian, is married to a commoner, which excludes Sebastian and his descendants. This means the succession will move to 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.