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The Rheden family is an old noble family of the Prince-Bishopric of Hildesheim. Firstly mentioned in 1251, they take their name from a tiny village south-west of Hildesheim in Lower Saxony. In the same village, Schloss Rheden is located. The castle was built in 1729 and received its current appearance through renovation works in 1899. Likely through inheritance, the castle ended up in the hands of the Counts of Dohna who still own the estate though it seems that the castle has been converted into a bunch of condominiums.
Good to know:
A golf club including a restaurant is located in one of the castle's outbuildings while the Schloss is privately owned and not visitable.
On Saturday, Hereditary Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen and Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia celebrated their religious wedding in the German city of Amorbach. As is the case when two royals get hitched, there were loads of royals and nobles in attendance. So without further ado, here's my first of - I'm sure - many, many posts of the wedding guests.
Prince Christian and Prince Philipp of Prussia, twin sons of Prince Adalbert.
On the left: Prince Christian-Ludwig of Prussia, son of Prince Christian-Sigismund.
Countess Marie of Limburg-Stirum.
Count Michael of Hochberg.
Prince Andreas and Princess Louise of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
From left to right: (Probably) Princess Olga of Hanover, Prince Otto of Hanover, Prince Heinrich of Hanover, Princess Thyra of Hanover, Countess Marie of Hochberg (née Princess of Hanover), Princess Theresa of Leiningen and Princess Cecilia of Leiningen.
Another shot of the group.
Prince Otto of Hanover and Princess Theresa of Leiningen.
Have you ever stumbled over a castle without meaning to? That's pretty much the story of Schoss Ahorn near Coburg and yours truly. I'm still not sure whether my navigation system simply got confused on the way from Schloss Hohenstein to Schloss Callenberg or if it has picked up on my love for castles instead and wanted to do me a favour. Because Schloss Ahorn is not along the most direct route between those two places but still it is where the GPS led me to go past - and after spotting this castle on the side of the road, I couldn't help but make a quick stop. Schloss Ahorn is located in a small village by the same name. While today's castle dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries, previous buildings located on the same site go back as early as the 11th century. It was actually part of the dowry of the Queen of Poland, born Richeza of Lotharingia. She inherited the estate from her own mother, Matilda, one of the daughters of Holy Roman Emperor Otto II and Theophanu. …
The death of Richard Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg earlier this week saw a surge in interest in my take on the (in)famous will of inheritance looming over the family. One point about the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg inheritance that many seem to find especially curious is the fact that the late Prince Richard never actually owned his family's fortune but that it was instead passed from his father - who went missing during World War 2 - to a yet unborn grandson - who was born in 1969 - (or anyone else, really, who would inherit after Prince Richard). The German nobility, however, isn't short of interesting inheritance constructions - case in point: The Thurn und Taxis inheritance.
The Thurn und Taxis family isn't just famous for their fabulous wealth, estimated at around $ 2.5 billion today - even though Princess Gloria of Thurn und Taxis says it less than a billion - but also for their lifestyle to go along with it. In fact, Princess Gloria of Thurn und Taxis may si…