Baroness Gösta von dem Bussche-Haddenhausen

Baroness Gösta von dem Bussche-Haddenhausen
Spouse Claus Felix von Amsberg


Sigrid von Amsberg
Prince Claus of the Netherlands
Rixa von Amsberg
Margit von Amsberg
Barbara von Amsberg
Theda von Amsberg
Christina von Amsberg

Full name

German: Gosta Julie Adelheid Marion Marie
Family Bussche-Haddenhausen
Father Baron George von dem Bussche-Haddenhausen
Mother Baroness Gabriele von dem Bussche-Ippenburg
Born (1902-01-26)26 January 1902
Döbeln, Kingdom of Saxony
Died 13 June 1996(1996-06-13) (aged 94)
Hitzacker, Germany
Religion Lutheran

Baroness Gösta von dem Bussche-Haddenhausen (German: Freiin Gösta Julie Adelheid Marion Marie von dem Bussche-Haddenhausen; 26 January 1902 – 13 June 1996) was the mother of Prince Claus of the Netherlands, who was the Prince Consort of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, thus making her the mother-in-law of the former Dutch Queen. She is also the paternal grandmother of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, who is the current Dutch King.

Early life

Gösta was born at Döbeln, Kingdom of Saxony, German Empire (now Saxony, Germany), the second child and daughter of Baron George von dem Bussche-Haddenhausen (1869–1923), and his wife, Baroness Gabriele von dem Bussche-Ippenburg (1877–1973). Her family belonged to the Bussche-Haddenhausen branch of the Bussche family, her mother belonged to the Bussche-Ippenburg branch. Both descended from Clamor von dem Bussche (1532–1573). Her father was an officer in the Royal Saxon Army. She was second cousin of Dorothea von Salviati (wife of Kronprinz Wilhelm's eldest son Prince Wilhelm of Prussia), both being great-granddaughters of Heinrich von Salviati and Caroline Rahlenbeck.


Gösta married on 4 September 1924 at Hitzacker to Claus Felix von Amsberg (1890–1963), son of Wilhelm von Amsberg and Elise von Vieregge.

Together they had six daughters and one son:

Life in Africa

In 1928 she moved with her family to Tanganyika (now Tanzania), where she remained during the outbreak of World War II, there her husband was manager of a German-British tea and sisal plantations. They returned to Germany in 1947.


She died, aged 94, in Hitzacker, Germany.


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