|The Dowager Princess of Schaumburg-Lippe and her son © Rainer Dröse|
The Princess was in a serious car accident in 2007. She never fully recovered from her injuries.
Since the accident, she was rarely seen in public. Flags at Schloss Bückeburg, the home of the Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe, have been lowered to half-staff.
The princess was born Baroness Eva-Benita Viktoria Maria von Tiele-Winckler at Vollrathsruh in Mecklenburg on November 18, 1927. She married Philipp-Ernst Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe on October 3, 1955 at Bückeburg. Prince Philipp-Ernst died in August 2003.
They had two children, Hereditary Prince Georg-Wilhelm (1956-1983), who was killed in a traffic accident at Sternbergen and Alexander (1958), who succeeded his father as the Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe.
The Dowager Princess is survived by her younger son and three grandchildren, Hereditary Prince Heinrich Donatus and Princesses Felipa and Philomena of Schaumburg-Lippe.