| 6th, Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
|Reign||29 October 1934 - 13 March 2017|
|Successor||Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn Wittgenstein berleburg|
|Spouse||Princess Benedikte of Denmark|
| Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn Wittgenstein berleburg |
|Richard Caismir Karl August Robert Konstantin|
|House||House of Sayn-Wittgenstein|
|Father||Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg|
|Mother||Margareta Fouché d'Otrante|
|Born|| 29 October 1934 |
|Died||13 March 2017 (aged 82)|
Prince Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-berleburg (Richard Caismir Karl August Robert Konstantin; 29 October 1934 - 13 March 2017) was the husband of Princess Benedikte of Denmark.
Prince Richard was the head of the House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-berleburg from the age of 10 until 13 March 2017, when he died suddenly. His only son, Gustav succeeded him as the 7th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.
Early Life Edit
Prince Richard was the eldest child and son of Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-berleburg, a highly decorated German Army officer declared missing in 1944, and yet only legally declared dead in 1969 and Margaretha Fouché d'Orante, a descendant of Napoleonic statesman Joesph Fouché. The Prince was raised in Sweden with his maternal grandfathe, The Duke of Otrante at Elghammar Castle.
Education and Career Edit
Prince Richard attended boarding schools in Viggbyholm and Sigtuna, Sweden.
Having studied first sience at Muinch University, Prince Richard obtained his forestry diploma at the University of Göttingen in Hann, Müdden. He took his post-graduate training as Forsteferendar, obtaining a degree as Assessor des Forstdienstes after passing the second forestry examination at the North Rhine Westphalian State Forestry Service.
The Prince was involved in several conservation programmes. He launched a project to re-introduce European bison into Europe on part of his 30,000 acre estate in North Rhine-Westphalia, credited as a success by rewinding Europe as part of a larger effort to restore depleted animals across Europe. His son and grandson's also participate in Forestry.
Marriage and Family Edit
The Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-berleburg married Princess Benedikte of Denmark, On 3 Febuary 1968 at Fredensborg Palace Church, Copenhagen, Denmark. She is the second daughter of Frederik IX of Denmark and Ingrid of Sweden, She is the younger sister of The Queen of Denmark and the elder sister of the Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes. The couple lived sometimes in Denmark and Berleburg Castle, Bad Berleburg, Germany.
Prince Richard and Princess Benedikte had three children together.
- Gustav, 7th Prince of Sayn Wittgenstein berleburg, (born 12 January 1969). His long-term partner is Carina Axelsson (born 5 August 1968).
- Princess Alexandra of Sayn Wittgenstein berleburg, (born 20 November 1970). On 6 June 1998, she married Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, (born 12 July 1967) at Gråsten Palace, Denmark. The couple have two children.
- Princess Nathalie, Duchess of Västerbotten (born 2 May 1977). On 12 June 2000, She married Prince Carl Fredrik of Sweden (born 13 May 1979) in the Royal Chapel at Stockholm Palace. The couple have five children.
Prince Richard and Princess Beneditke had seven grandchildren.
- Richard, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-berleburg (born 14 September 1999, age 18).
- Princess Louise, Duchess of Öland (born 27 April 2001, age 16).
- Princess Ingrid of Sayn-Wittgenstien-berleburg (born 16 August 2003, age 14).
- Prince James, Duke of Södermanland (born 27 January 2005, age 13).
- Prince Frederik, Duke of Västmanland (born 15 March 2007, age 11).
- Princess Helene, Duchess of Smäland (born 22 June 2010, age 7).
- Prince Gustaf, Duke of Uppland (born 31 December 2013, age 4).
- Princess Olivia, Duchess of Dalsland (born 31 December 2013, age 4)
In July 2003, The Prince underwent surgery for treatment of Prostate cancer; previously he had undergone treatment for Skin cancer.
On 13 March 2017, Prince Richard died suddenly at the Castle of Berleburg in Germany. He was aged 82 at the time of his death.
His eldest child and only son, Gustav succeeded his father as, 7th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-berleburg.
Prince Richard's funeral was held on 21 March 2017, eight days after his death. His funeral was attended by his widow; Princess Benedikte, his three children; Gustav, Alexandra and Nathalie, his sons-in-law; Jefferson and Prince Carl Fredrik, his son's partner, Carina and his eight grandchildren; Richard, Louise, Ingrid, James, Frederik, Helene and twins, Gustaf and Olivia were in attendance.
Titles, Styles and honours Edit
29 October 1934 - 13 March 2017: His Serene Highness Prince Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-berleburg
- Germany : Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1st Class
- Denmark : Knight of the Order of the Elephant (R.E)
- Denmark : Recipient of the 50th Anniversary Medal of the Arrival of Queen Ingrid to Denmark
- Denmark : Recipient of the 50th Birthday Medal of Queen Margrethe II
- Denmark : Recipient of the Silver Anniversary of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik
- Denmark : Recipient of the Silver Jubilee Medal of Queen Margrethe II
- Denmark : Recipient of the 100th Anniversary Medal of the birth of King Frederik IX
- Denmark : Recipient of the Queen Ingrid Commemorative Medal
- Denmark : Recipient of the 75th Birthday Medal of Prince Henrik
- Denmark : Recipient of the 70th Birthday Medal of Queen Margrethe II
- Denmark : Recipient of the 75th Birthday Medal of Queen Margrethe II
Foreign Honours Edit
- Sweden : Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Polar Star
- Spain : Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic
- Netherlands : Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown