Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Duke Peter of Oldenburg (1926-2016)

Duke Peter of Oldenburg died on November 18th.  He was 90 years old.

He was the third of nine children of Nikolaus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Oldenburg (1897-1970) and his first wife, Princess Helene of Waldeck und Pyrmont.

Peter was predeceased by his wife,  Princess Gertrud of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg, who died in February 2011.  He is survived by at least three of his four children:  Duke Friedrich August (1952), Duchess Margarete, Princess Philip of Croy (1954), and  Duke Nikolaus (1955).  A fourth son, Duke Georg-Moritz (1957)  is not mentioned in this death notice, nor in the official notice for the death of Duchess Gertud.  One assumes that Prince Georg-Moritz died before both his parents.

Other things one can glean from the death announcement.  Two of his sons,  Duke Friedrich August and Duke Nikolaus are divorced as their former wives are listed separately.  Nikolaus is listed with Brigit Gerda Kaufer and Emmy Helene (possibly a fourth child for Nikolaus, who has three sons by his former wife, Anna).  Or Nikolaus and Anna may be separated, and Nikolaus is not yet able marry Birgit and give Emmy the surname Herzogin von Oldenburg.

Duke Friedrich August's eldest daughter, Anastasia, may have had a relationship with a Briton named Mark Low, and they have two children, Anton and Hector.  

Belinda von Oldenburg and her three daughters are based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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