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Prince Armin succeeded his father, Leopold IV, on December 30, 1949, even though he had two older half brothers, Hereditary Prince Ernst Leopold (1902-1987) and Prince Chlodwig (1909-2000), both of whom had married commoners during their father's lifetime.
In Jnauary 1937, Prince Armin was one of the pages at the wedding of Princess Juliana of the Netherlands and Prince Bernhard of Lippe.
The two older half-brothers were the children of Prince Leopold and his first wife, Princess Bertha of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld, who died in 1919. Five years later, Leopold married Princess Anna of Ysenburg und Büdingen in Büdingen. Arnim was their only child.
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In March 1953, Armin married Traute Becker. They had one son, Prince Stephan Leopold Justus Richard, who was born on May 24, 1959. He married Countess Maria of Solms-Laubach in 1994.
Prince Armin is survived by his devoted wife, Princess Traute, their son, Prince Stephan, who succeeds as head of the Lippe family, and five grandchildren: Prince Bernhard, Prince Heinrich, Prince Wilhelm, Princess Luise and Princess Mathilde.
|all photos: Marlene A. Eilers Koenig collection|