Prince Heinrich of Hanover

Prince Heinrich

Prince Heinrich with an imitated flag of King George I of Great Britain
Born (1961-04-29) 29 April 1961
Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Spouse Thyra von Westernhagen (m. 1999)
Issue Oskar Hanover
Prince Albert
Princess Eugenia
Prince Julius
Full name
Heinrich Julius Christian Otto Friedrich Franz Anton Günter
House Hanover
Father Ernest Augustus, Hereditary Prince of Brunswick
Mother Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

Prince Heinrich of Hanover (Heinrich Julius Christian Otto Friedrich Franz Anton Günter; born 29 April 1961) is a historian and publisher in Göttingen with publishing firm MatrixMedia.

Early life

Heinrich is the youngest child of Ernest Augustus, Hereditary Prince of Brunswick, and his first wife Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.[1] He was born in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany. His eldest brother, Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover (born 1954), is the present head of the House of Hanover.

His father, a direct male descendent of the Hanoverian kings of Great Britain from George I to George III was born a British prince, confirmed by George V in 1914, but as a child lost the title due to the Titles Deprivation Act (1917). The House of Hanover refuses to recognise this letter and continues to bear the title of Prince (or Princess) of Great Britain and Ireland with the style of Royal Highness as titles of pretense. As it was entered into their German passports in 1914, the title still continues to be part of their official family name in Germany.

Professional life

He founded, owns and manages the publishing company MatrixMedia Verlag in Göttingen. The focal point of the house is history, namely local history of the state of Lower Saxony, of which the predecessor states were the Kingdom of Hanover and the Duchy of Brunswick, furthermore the history of the House of Welf, but also general historical items. The company publishes books, monographs, historiographies, memoirs, illustrated books and films.[2] Furthermore, he is responsible for a website on the House of Welf called[3]

Personal life

Prince Heinrich Julius of Hanover was in a relationship with cabaret artist Désirée Nick (born 30 September 1960 in Berlin). They have a son, Oscar Nick (29 September 1996 in Berlin).

On 30 April 1999, Heinrich Julius married Thyra Sixtina Donata von Westernhagen (born 14 August 1973), daughter of Prof. Dr. med. Burkhard von Westernhagen and Uta Maria, née von Pape, at Teistungen estate, owned by the von Westernhagen family since 1283.

They have three children:

Literary works

Heinrich has authored the following books under the name Heinrich von Hannover:


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Prince Heinrich of Hanover
Cadet branch of the House of Welf
Born: 29 April 1961
Hanoverian royalty
Preceded by
Prince Otto Heinrich of Hanover
Line of succession to the Hanoverian throne
4th position
Succeeded by
Prince Albert of Hanover
Preceded by
Princess Alexandra of Hanover
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descended from Queen Victoria's daughter Victoria


  1. Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XVIII. "Haus Hannover". C.A. Starke Verlag, 2007, pp. 23, 26–27. ISBN 978-3-7980-0841-0.
  2. Website of Matrix Media Verlag (in German)
  3. Website (in German)
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