Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg


The Prince in Stockholm at Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's wedding celebrations, June 2010
Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Predecessor Gustav Albrecht
Heir apparent Prince Gustav
Born (1934-10-29) 29 October 1934
Giessen, Germany
Spouse Princess Benedikte of Denmark (m. 1968)
Issue Prince Gustav
Princess Alexandra
Princess Nathalie
Full name
Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin
House House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Father Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Mother Margareta Fouché d'Otrante

Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin; born 29 October 1934 in Giessen, Germany) is the head of the House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and husband of Princess Benedikte of Denmark.


Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin is the eldest son of Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, a highly decorated German army officer declared missing in 1944 yet only legally declared dead in 1969, and Margareta Fouché d'Otrante, a descendant of Napoleonic statesman Joseph Fouché. Richard was raised in Sweden with his maternal grandfather, the Duke of Otrante, at Elghammar Castle. He attended the boarding schools Viggbyholm and Sigtuna.

Having studied forest science at Munich University, Prince Richard obtained his forestry diploma at the University of Göttingen in Hann.-Münden. He took his post-graduate training as Forstreferendar, obtaining a degree as Assessor des Forstdienstes after passing the second forestry examination at the North Rhine Westphalian State Forestry Service.[1]

In July 2003, he underwent surgery for treatment of prostate cancer; previously, he had undergone treatment for skin cancer.[2]


Prince Richard is involved in several conservation programmes. He launched a project to re-introduce European bison into Europe on part of his 30,000 acre estate in North Rhine-Westphalia, credited as a success by Rewilding Europe as part of a larger effort to restore depleted animals across Europe.[3]

Berleburg Castle


Richard married Princess Benedikte of Denmark at Fredensborg Palace Church on 3 February 1968. She is the second daughter of Frederick IX of Denmark and Ingrid of Sweden and younger sister of Margrethe II of Denmark.[1] The couple live at Berleburg Castle.

Children and grandchildren

The children of Princess Benedikte are styled as Highnesses in Denmark by an Order in Council. Elsewhere they are Serene Highnesses by courtesy.

Titles, styles and honours

Styles of
Prince Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Reference style His Highness
Spoken style Your Highness
Alternative style Sir


His Highness Prince Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg[4]


National Honours

Foreign Honours



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Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Born: 29 October 1934
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Gustav Albrecht
Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Reason for succession failure:
German Revolution of 1918-19
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