Sunday, June 20, 2021

The 85th Birthday of Fürst Wolfgang-Ernst zu Ysenburg und Büdingen

The Fürst zu Ysenburg u.Büdingen, 1999.
Photo (c) Seeger-Presse.

 Today Fürst Wolfgang-Ernst zu Ysenburg und Büdingen celebrates his eighty-fifth birthday!

Fürst Otto-Friedrich zu Ysenburg und Büdingen and Princess Felizitas Reuß on their wedding day, 1935. 

Fürst Otto Friedrich zu Ysenburg und Büdingen with his wife Fürstin Felizitas, 1971.
Photo (c) United Archives GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo.

Born on 20 June 1936 at Frankfurt, Prince Wolfgang-Ernst Ferdinand Heinrich Franz Karl Georg Wilhelm zu Ysenburg und Büdingen was the eldest child and first son of Fürst Otto Friedrich zu Ysenburg und Büdingen (1904-1990) and Princess Felizitas Reuss (1914-1989), who wed in 1935. Wolfgang-Ernst was joined by four younger siblings: Princess Alexandra (1937-2015; married Prince Welf Heinrich of Hannover), Prince Ferdinand (1940-1989; married Princess Elisabeth of Schleswig-Holstein), Prince Christian (1943-2003; married Baroness Monika von Plessen), and Prince Johann (b.1949; married Countess Hemma-Christiane von Goëß).

Fürst Wolfgang-Ernst and Fürstin Leonille zu Isenburg und Büdingen.
Photo (c) Seeger-Presse.
Fürst Wolfgang-Ernst and Fürstin Leonille zu Ysenburg und Büdingen with their three children: Hereditary Prince Casimir-Alexander, Prince Maximilian, and Princess Felizitas.
Photo (c) Seeger-Presse.
Fürst Wolfgang-Ernst and Fürstin Leonille zu Isenburg und Büdingen.
Photo (c) Seeger-Presse.

In January 1967, Wolfgang-Ernst zu Ysenburg und Büdingen married Princess Leonille zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (b.Hamburg 6 Jul 1941). Leonille was the only daughter of Prince Casimir-Johannes zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1917-2010) and his first wife Ingrid Alsen (1915-1966), who wed in 1939 and divorced in 1949. Wolfgang-Ernst and Leonille have three children: Hereditary Prince Casimir-Alexander (b.1967), Prince Maximilian (b.1969), and Princess Felizitas (b.1980).  In 2003, Prince Maximilian zu Ysenburg und Büdingen married Sophie De Bois (b.1970), the daughter of Francis De Bois (1926-2014) and Diane de Woot de Trixhe de Jannée (b.1943; later married Jacques Boël); the couple have two children: Princess Madeleine (b.2004) and Prince Tassilo-Alexander (b.2006). In 2010, Hereditary Prince Casimir-Alexander zu Ysenburg und Büdingen married Countess Alexandra von Bernstorff (b.1977), the daughter of Count Nikolas von Bernstorff (b.1940) and his former wife Barbara Kückens (b.1944); Casimir-Alexander and Alexandra have one son, Prince Tristan Alexander (b.2014). In 2014, Princess Felizitas zu Ysenburg und Büdingen married Michael Max Senfft von Pilsach.

Archduke Rudolph of Austria and Fürst Wolfgang-Ernst zu Ysenburg und Büdingen.
Photo (c) Seeger-Presse.
Count Hans Veit zu Törring-Jettenbach and Fürst Wolfgang-Ernst zu Ysenburg und Büdingen.
Photo (c) Seeger-Presse.
Fürstin Leonille, Princess Felizitas, and Fürst Wolfgang-Ernst zu Ysenburg und Büdingen attending the 2006 wedding of Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
Photo (c) Seeger-Presse/Albert Nieboer.

Many happy returns of the day to Fürst Wolfgang-Ernst!

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