Clotilde Countess of Nassau-Merenberg
Clotilde, Countess von Merenberg, (born 14 May 1941 in Wiesbaden, Germany) is the last patrilineal descendant of the House of Nassau, the male line of which ruled the Duchy of Nassau until 1866, provided a 12th-century German king, a line of Princes of Orange who served first as stadholders of the United Dutch Provinces and, from 1815 to 1948, as kings of the Netherlands, and reigned as grand dukes of Luxembourg until 1968. Neither she, however, nor her father or paternal grandfather were deemed full members of the Nassau dynasty, the last member of which, Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg, died in 1985. While Countess Clothilde's branch of the family had legitimate male members until 1965, they had been bypassed for Luxembourg's throne since 1907.
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HRH The Dowager Princess of Ligne
A psychiatrist, she was the only child of Count George von Merenberg (1897–1965) and Elisabeth Müller-Uri (1903-1963). In 1965, she married Enno von Rintelen (9 November 1921, Berlin-Charlottenburg - 16 October 2013), a gynecologist, and they have three sons:
- Alexander Enno von Rintelen (born Wiesbaden, 23 March 1966). He married on 30 June 2007 Olivia Minninger (born Cologne, 27 August 1969), they have two sons:
- Julian von Rintelen (born Munich, 7 January 2003)
- Nikolai von Rintelen (born 17 November 2006)
- Georg Nikolaus von Rintelen (born Wiesbaden, 29 June 1970)
- Greogor von Rintelen (born Wiesbaden, 13 August 1972). He married in 2002 Countess Christiane Mathilde of Benthem-Tecklenburg-Rheda-Prill, they have a son and a daughter:
- Frederick Enno Christian von Rintelen (born 11 December 2006)
- Luise von Rintelen (born Braine L'Alleud, 30 June 2009)
The Counts von Merenberg descend legitimately from the morganatic marriage in 1868 of Prince Nikolaus Wilhelm of Nassau and Natalia Pushkina, an untitled member of the lower Russian nobility, a daughter of the renowned poet Alexander Pushkin. Although their son, Count George von Merenberg married a daughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia and pressed for recognition as heir presumptive to the Luxembourgeois throne as its grand ducal line approached extinction, a 1907 law of the grandduchy dismissed the Merenbergs' claim to the throne.
Prince Nikolaus was a great-grandson of Charles Christian, 3rd Prince of Nassau-Weilburg, who in 1760 married Princess Carolina of Orange-Nassau, a daughter of the Dutch stadholder William IV, Prince of Orange and Anne, Princess Royal of Great Britain. Countess Clotilde is also a great-granddaughter of the Russian Emperor Alexander II.
|Ancestors of Clotilde Countess of Nassau-Merenberg|
- Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XVI. "Luxemburg". C.A. Starke Verlag, 2001, pp. 80-81. German.
- Leo van de Pas on Genealogics.com