Death of Fürst Albrecht of Castell-Castell

  May 9, 2016 at 9:05 am by

Albrecht Friedrich Karl, 3rd Fürst of Castell-Castell, has died at the age of 90 yesterday. He was born on August 13th 1925 at Schloss Castell as the second son of the 2nd Fürst and Princess Anna-Agnes of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich. He succeeded as head of the family in 1945 after both his elder brother as his father had died in action during WWII.

In 1951 he married Princess Marie-Louise of Waldeck-Pyrmont, eldest child of Prince Max of Waldeck-Pyrmont and Countess Gustava of Platten Hallermund. Princess Marie-Louise’s paternal grandfather was Fürst Friedrich of Waldek-Pyrmont, last reigning prince of the tiny principality and brother of among others Queen Marie of Württemberg, Queen Emma of The Netherlands and Helen, Duchess of Albany.

The couple had 8 children, 6 of whom are still alive:

  1. Countess Philippa (b. 1952), who married Prince Michael of Salm-Salm
  2. Countess Johanna (b. 1952), who married Prince Johannes Lobcovicz
  3. Hereditary Count Maximilian (b. 1953, d. 1974 )
  4. Count Alexander (b. 1954), who married firstly Marion Stepp and secondly Donatha Herzfeld
  5. Count Georg Friedrich (b. 1956), who married Franziska Greuner
  6. Countess Christina (b. 1962, d. 1964)
  7. Count Ferdinand (b. 1965) who married Countess Marie Gabrielle von Degenfeld-Schonburg
  8. Countess Stephanie (b. 1966), who married Count Georg of Khevenhüller-Metsch

The late Fürst was involved in managing the family properties, among them Schoss Castell, a wine property, forestry and a bank. For his activities in various charities he received the German order of merit in 1991. He was also active in the evangelic-lutheran church in Bavaria and participated as a preacher.

The Fürst will  be succeeded by his youngest son Ferdinand.

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