Thursday, June 4, 2020

An Engagement in the Princely House of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg


Princess Amelie zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg and Benedikt Schmid von Schmidsfelden recently announced their engagement. Amelie and Benedikt are both descendants of Empress Maria Theresia of Austria. Indeed, the pair are fifth cousins; their common ancestors are Archduchess Leopoldina of Austria-Este (1776-1848; granddaughter of Empress Maria Theresia) and her second husband Count Ludwig von Arco (1773-1856).

Princess Amelie zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg
Photograph (c) Alamy / Albert Nieboer Photography

Princess Amelie (b.15 August 1990) is the second child of Fürst Ludwig zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg (b.1951) and Countess Elisabeth von Waldburg-Wolfegg-Waldsee (b.1962). Amelie has an older sister, Princess Sophie, and a younger brother, Hereditary Prince Ludwig. The princess has been working for a bank in Zurich for three years.

Benedikt Schmid von Schmidsfelden
(c) LinkedIn
Benedikt Schmid von Schmidsfelden (b.27 May 1991) celebrated his twenty-nineth birthday a few days ago. He descends from an Austrian noble family near Melk. Benedikt is the youngest of four children; his parents are Wieland Schmid von Schmidsfelden and Elisabeth "Lilly" von Lennkh zu Burgheim and Gansheim. The young man works in Munich in the automotive parts supply industry.

Amelie and Benedikt met three years ago at the wedding of mutual friends. The couple will marry on 29 May 2021 at Wertheim. 

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