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Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1899–1948)

 

Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1899–1948)

For her aunt, the Duchess of Albany, see Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont.
Princess Helena
Hereditary Grand Duchess of Oldenburg

Spouse Nikolaus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Oldenburg
Issue
Anton-Günther, Duke of Oldenburg
Duchess Rixa
Duke Peter
Duchess Eilika, Dowager Princess of Leiningen
Duke Eigilmar
Duke Friedrich August
Duchess Altburg, Baroness of Erffa
Duke Huno
Duke Johann
Full name
German: Helene Bathildis Charlotte Maria Friederike
House House of Waldeck and Pyrmont (birth)
House of Holstein-Gottorp (marriage)
Father Friedrich, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Mother Princess Bathildis of Schaumburg-Lippe
Born (1899-12-22)22 December 1899
Arolsen, Waldeck and Pyrmont
Died 18 February 1948(1948-02-18) (aged 48)
Rastede, West Germany
Religion Lutheranism

Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont (German: Prinzessin Helene Bathildis Charlotte Maria Friederike zu Waldeck und Pyrmont; 22 December 1899 – 18 February 1948) was the only daughter of Friedrich, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont, last reigning Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont, and wife of Nikolaus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Oldenburg.

Early life

Helena was born at Arolsen, Waldeck and Pyrmont the third child and first daughter of Friedrich, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1865–1946), and his wife, Princess Bathildis of Schaumburg-Lippe (1873–1962), daughter of Wilhelm Karl August, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe. She was a first cousin of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. She was named after her aunt Princess Helena, Duchess of Albany (1861–1922) who married Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, youngest son of Queen Victoria.

Marriage and family

Helena married on 26 October 1921 in Arolsen, Nikolaus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Oldenburg (1897–1970), third child and first son of Frederick Augustus II, Grand Duke of Oldenburg and Duchess Elisabeth Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.[1]

They had nine children:

  • Anton-Günther, Duke of Oldenburg (b. 16 January 1923); married Princess Ameli of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg, had issue
  • Duchess Rixa of Oldenburg (28 March 1924 – 1 April 1939); died unmarried and without issue
  • Duke Peter of Oldenburg (b. 7 August 1926); married Princess Gertrude of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg, had issue
  • Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg (b. 2 February 1928); married Emich, 7th Prince of Leiningen, had issue
  • Duke Egilmar of Oldenburg (b. 14 October 1934); unmarried and without issue
  • Duke Friedrich August of Oldenburg (b. 11 January 1936); married first Princess Marie Cécile of Prussia, had issue, second Donata Emma Gräfin zu Castell-Rüdenhausen, no issue
  • Duchess Altburg of Oldenburg (b. 14 October 1938); married Rüdiger Freiherr von Erffa, had issue
  • Duke Huno of Oldenburg (b. 3 January 1940); married Countess Felicitas-Anita of Schwerin von Krosigk, had issue
  • Duke Johann of Oldenburg (b. 3 January 1940); married Ilka Gräfin zu Ortenburg, had issue. His daughter Eilika married Archduke Georg of Austria

She died at the age of 48, her husband married again, two years after her death in 1950 to Anne-Marie von Schutzbar gennant Milchling.

Titles and styles

  • 22 December 1899 – 26 October 1921 : Her Serene Highness Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont
  • 26 October 1921 – 18 February 1948: Her Royal Highness The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Oldenburg
    • Title in pretence: 24 February 1931 – 18 February 1948: Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess of Oldenburg

Ancestry

Notes and sources

  • thePeerage.com - Helene Prinzessin zu Waldeck und Pyrmont
  • Genealogics - Leo van de Pas - Princess Helene zu Waldeck und Pyrmont
  • The Royal House of Stuart, London, 1969, 1971, 1976, Addington, A. C., Reference: II 277, 349
Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1899–1948)
Cadet branch of the House of Waldeck
Born: 22 December 1899 Died: 18 February 1948
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Duchess Elisabeth Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
— TITULAR —
Grand Duchess of Oldenburg
24 February 1931 – 18 February 1948
Reason for succession failure:
Grand Duchy abolished in 1918
Vacant
Title next held by
Anne-Marie von Schutzbar gennant Milchling
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