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Prince Richard
6th, Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

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The 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
Issue
Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn Wittgenstein berleburg

Princess Alexandra of Sayn Wittgenstein berleburg
Princess Nathalie, Duchess of Västerbotten

Full name
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
Giessen, Germany
Died 13 March 2017 (aged 82)

Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-berleburg, Prince of Denmark (Richard Caismir Karl August Robert Konstantin; 29 October 1934 - 13 March 2017) is the late husband of Princess Benedikte of Denmark.

Prince Richard was the head of the House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-berleburg from his birth until 13 March 2017, when he died suddenly. His only son Gustav, 7th Prince of Sayn Wittgenstein berleburg, 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.

Children Edit

Prince Richard and Princess Benedikte had three children together.

Grandchildren Edit

Prince Richard and Princess Beneditke had seven grandchildren.

Illnesses Edit

In July 2003, The Prince underwent surgery for treatment of Prostate cancer; previously he had undergone treatment for Skin cancer.

Death Edit

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.

Funeral Edit

See: Funeral of Prince Richard

Prince Richard's funeral was held on 21 March 2017 eight days after his death.

Titles, Styles and honours Edit

Titles Edit

29 October 1934 - 13 March 2017: His Serene Highness Prince Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-berleburg

Honours Edit

National Honours

  • 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

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