Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Duchess Donata of Oldenburg is dead at 65

Duchess Donata of Oldenburg died on Saturday in a hospital in Traunstein after a long and difficult illness. She was 65 years old.

Donata Emma was the third child of the late Sigfried Prince of Castell-Rüdenhausen ad Countess Irene of Solms-Laubach.

She was married twice.  Her first husband was HRH Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, third son of Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, head of the Imperial House of Germany, and Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia.  As the younger Prince Louis Ferdinand's two older brothers married morganatically,  he was the heir apparent. 

The couple were married on May 24, 1975.  Donata gave birth to a son, Prince Georg Friedrich Ferdinand, on June 10, 1976.   She was expecting a second child when Prince Louis Ferdinand died in an accident while on military maneuvers in November 1977.   Princess Cornelie-Cecilie was born on January 30, 1978.

Prince Georg Friedrich succeeded his grandfather as head of the house in 1990.

On February 9, 1991,  Donata married Duke Friedrich August of Oldenburg, the former husband of Donata's sister-in-law,  Princess Marie-Cecile of Prussia.

Duchess Donata is survived by her husband, Duke Friedrich August, her two children, Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Cornelie-Cecilie and three grandchildren, Prince Carl Friedrich, Prince Louis Ferdinand and Princess Emma Marie.


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