Armin, Prince of Lippe

Prince of Lippe
Tenure 30 December 1949 – 20 August 2015
Predecessor Leopold IV
Successor Stephan
Born 18 August 1924 (1924-08-18)
Detmold, Weimar Republic
Died 20 August 2015 (2015-08-21) (aged 91)
Detmold, Germany
Spouse Traute Becker
Issue Stephan, Prince of Lippe
House Lippe
Father Leopold IV
Mother Princess Anna of Ysenburg and Büdingen

Armin, Prince of Lippe (Armin Leopold Ernst Bruno Heinrich Willa August Fürst zur Lippe; 18 August 1924 – 20 August 2015, also in Detmold) was the son of Leopold IV, Prince of Lippe and his second wife, Princess Anna of Ysenburg and Büdingen.

Head of the House of Lippe

Armin succeeded his father as head of the house of Lippe following the latter's death on 30 December 1949. On 22 March 1953, he renounced his position in favour of his older half brother, Prince Leopold. This move proved controversial within the house, and several princes started legal proceedings. Prince Leopold later in 1958 renounced the headship in favour of his older brother, Hereditary Prince Ernst. Later in that year, the Hereditary Prince called a family council, where it was agreed by the princes in attendance that the oldest prince living in Germany would be head of the house. So the position went to Prince Simon Casimir (1900–1980).

Although agreeing at the time, Prince Ernst August of Lippe, the son of Prince Julius Ernst of Lippe and Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg, later changed his mind, believing that all princes of house, not just those living in Germany, should be considered. He ultimately assumed the headship of the house. Ernst August died in 1990 and his son Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Lippe (b. 1947) has continued his claim. Prince Armin, who said he did not think his decision in 1953 was irrevocable, also claimed to be head of the house, given the fact that he inherited the family fortune, including farming land, forests and the princely castle at Detmold, where he was living.

He was a first cousin of Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, consort of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, and was a child attendant at their 1937 wedding.[1]

Marriage and child

Prince Armn married Traute Becker, daughter of Gustav Becker and Charlotte Meyer, on 27 March 1953, in Göttingen, Germany, in a civil marriage followed by a religious ceremony on 29 March 1953, in Celle, Lower Saxony, Germany. They had one child:



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Armin, Prince of Lippe
Born: 18 August 1924 Died: 20 August 2015
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Prince Leopold IV
Prince of Lippe
30 December 1949 – 20 August 2015
Reason for succession failure:
Principality abolished in 1918
Succeeded by
Prince Stephan
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