Lady Brigid Guinness

Lady Brigid Guinness
Princess Frederick of Prussia
Born (1920-07-30)30 July 1920
London, England
Died 8 March 1995(1995-03-08) (aged 74)
Albury, Hertfordshire, England
Spouse Prince Frederick of Prussia
(m. 1945; his death 1966)

Major Anthony Patrick Ness
(m. 1967; his death 1993)
Issue Prince Frederick
Prince William
Princess Victoria Marina
Prince Rupert
Princess Antonia, Duchess of Wellington
Full name
Brigid Katharine Rachel
House Hohenzollern (by marriage)
Father Rupert Guinness, 2nd Earl of Iveagh
Mother Gwendolen Onslow

Lady Brigid Guinness (Brigid Katharine Rachel; 30 July 1920  8 March 1995) was the youngest daughter of Rupert Guinness, 2nd Earl of Iveagh and wife of Prince Frederick of Prussia, grandson of Wilhelm II, German Emperor.

Early life

Brigid was born in London, fifth child and youngest daughter of Rupert Guinness, 2nd Earl of Iveagh (1874–1967, son of Edward Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh and Adelaide Maria Guinness) and his wife, Gwendolen Onslow (1881–1966, daughter of William Onslow, 4th Earl of Onslow and Florence Coulston Gardner). She belonged to the Guinness family, an Irish Protestant family noted for their accomplishments in brewing, banking, politics and diplomacy.

During the Second World War she served as an auxiliary nurse, where she met her future husband, Prince Frederick of Prussia, when he was injured in an accident involving a tractor.[1]


Brigid married on 30 July 1945 at Little Hadham, Hertfordshire to Prince Frederick of Prussia (1911–1966), fourth son of William, German Crown Prince, and his wife, Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and grandson of Wilhelm II, German Emperor.

They had five children:

She married secondly, on 3 June 1967 at Old Windsor, Berkshire to Major Anthony Patrick Ness (1914–1993), son of Gordon Stuart Ness and his wife, Gladys Frances May; they had no children.

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Notes and sources

  1. Genealogics – Leo van de Pas – Friedrich, Prinz von Preussen
  2. Milani, Abbas. Eminent Persians, The Men and Women Who Made Modern Iran, 1941-1979, Volume 1, Syracuse University Press and Persian World Press, Syracuse, New York, 2008. pp.661-664. ISBN 978-0-8156-0907-0
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