|Civil wedding of TRH Prince and Princess Michael of Prussia. (Marlene A. Eilers Koenig collection)|
The couple married in a civil ceremony at Baden Soden on June 23, 1982, soon after Michael's divorce from his first wife, Jutta Jörn.
Michael was the second son of the late Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia and Grand Duchess Kira of Russia. He lost his dynastic rights in 1966 when he married Jutta, a commoner. The couple had two daughters, Micaela and Nataly.
Although Birgitta (known as Gitta) had a wide circle of friends, she felt alone, unable to cope without her beloved husband. Sometime in late October or early November, she was found dead in her home in Thanheim, Baden-Württemberg. She had been dead for a least a week, if not longer. The cause of death was suicide: an overdose of pills.
In December, Princess Birgitta will be laid to rest in the family crypt, next to her husband, at Burg Hohenzollern in Hechingen.
Princess Birgitta was 77 years old.