Thursday, January 7, 2021

The Golden Wedding Anniversary of Prince Wilhelm and Princess Ilona of Schaumburg-Lippe

 

Prince Wilhelm and Princess Ilona at the wedding of their son in 2009.
Photograph (c) dpa picture alliance archive / Alamy Stock Photo.

Today, Prince Wilhelm and Princess Ilona of Schaumburg-Lippe celebrate fifty years of marriage.

Princess Ilona of Schaumburg-Lippe.

On 7 January 1971, Prince Wilhelm of Schaumburg-Lippe and Ilona Hentschel von Gilgenheimb celebrated their religious wedding at Munich. The couple were civilly married in the Bavarian capital on 14 December 1970. Born in 1939, Wilhelm was the eldest son and child of Prince Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe (1898-1974) and his wife Princess Feodora (1910-1975; née Princess of Denmark). Born in 1940, Ilona was the daughter of Georg-Alfred Hentschel von Gilgenheimb (1911-1948) and his wife Baroness Rosemarie (1918-2000; née von Wietzlow; later Countess zu Solms-Baruth). 

Left to right: newlyweds Princess Lena and Prince Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe, Queen Margarethe II of Denmark, Princess Ilona and Prince Wilhelm of Schaumburg-Lippe, 2009.
Photograph (c) dpa picture alliance archive / Alamy Stock Photo.

Prince Wilhelm and Princess Ilona of Schaumburg-Lippe have two children: Prince Christian (b.1971; married Lena Giese) and Princess Désirée (b.1974; married Michael Iuel). The prince and princess have three grandchildren. Prince Wilhelm is a second cousin of Queen Margarethe II of Denmark, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, and King Harald V of Norway.

Princess Ilona and Prince Wilhelm of Schaumburg-Lippe, 2014.
Photograph © PPE / Christophersen.

Our congratulations to Prince Wilhelm and Princess Ilona on their anniversary!

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    1. According to Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser 2007, the couple's religious wedding was on 7 January 1971.

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  2. The top photo looks like it was taken at Schloss Glucksburg, near Flensburg Germany...
    I met Prince Frederich Ferdinand zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg there in 1979.

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