Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

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Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg[1]
Born (1969-01-12) 12 January 1969 (age 49)
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Full name
Gustav Frederik Philip Richard
House Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Father Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Mother Princess Benedikte of Denmark
Styles of
Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Reference style His Serene Highness
Spoken style Your Serene Highness
Alternative style Sir

Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg[1] (Gustav Frederik Philip Richard; born 12 January 1969 in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany),[2] is the eldest child and only son of Princess Benedikte of Denmark and Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.[3]


Prince Gustav is the Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, the senior branch of the formerly princely house of Sayn.[4] He resides at Schloss Berleburg-Wittgenstein in the town of Bad Berleburg, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, with his parents, Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Princess Benedikte of Denmark. He has two sisters, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

The principality and princely title of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg descended, historically, according to semi-Salic primogeniture.[4] If the unmarried and childless Gustav dies without legitimate issue, the family heritage devolves upon his father's younger brother, Prince Robin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.[1] He resides with his partner, Carina Axelsson.

Gustav was formerly engaged to be married to Elvire Pasté de Rochefort, with the engagement being announced on 16 August 2000 and wedding planned for 12 May 2001 in Paris. The wedding did not occur. It was announced on 16 July 2001.

He is the godfather of Count Richard von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, son of his sister Alexandra, Konstantin Johannsmann, son of his second sister Nathalie and Prince Vincent of Denmark, son of his cousin Crown Prince of Denmark.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 per German law, "Gustav Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg". In 1919 royalty and nobility were mandated to lose their privileges in Germany, hereditary titles were to be legally borne thereafter only as part of the surname, according to Article 109 of the Weimar Constitution. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "title" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "title" defined multiple times with different content
  2. Lundy, Darryl (26 August 2009). "Person Page – 4054". The Peerage. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  3. "HRH Princess Benedikte". The Danish Monarchy (Official Site). Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XIX. "Sayn-Wittgenstein". C.A. Starke Verlag, 2011, pp.314-338. ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6.

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Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Cadet branch of the House of Sayn-Wittgenstein
Born: 12 January 1969
Lines of succession
Preceded by
The Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Line of succession to the British throne
(descended from Arthur, son of Victoria)
Succeeded by
Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg