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House of Lippe

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The House of Lippe German: Haus Lippe is the former reigning house of a number of small German states two of which existed until the German Revolution of 1918–19 Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, former Queen of the Netherlands, is an agnatic member of this house


  • 1 History
  • 2 States ruled by the House of Lippe
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


The House of Lippe descends from Jobst Herman, Count of Lippe died ca 1056 whose descendant Bernhard I was the founder of the state of Lippe in 1123 The family has produced several of the longest reigning monarchs in Europe, including the longest reigning, Bernard VII, Lord of Lippe

In 1613, the House's territory was split into the counties of Lippe-Detmold, Lippe-Brake and Lippe-Alverdissen In 1643 Count Philipp of Lippe-Alverdissen founded the Schaumburg-Lippe line of the House of Lippe After the other lines became extinct, their territories were inherited by either Lippe-Detmold which in 1789 became the Principality of Lippe or Schaumburg-Lippe a principality since 1807

In 1905 with the death of Prince Alexander, the senior Lippe-Detmold branch of the family became extinct and Count Leopold of Lippe-Biesterfeld head of a non-ruling junior branch line succeeding him as Prince

During the German Revolution of 1918–19, the ruling Princes of Lippe and Schaumburg-Lippe were forced to abdicate, ending the family's 795-year rule Stephan, Prince of Lippe b 1959 still owns the estate and castle at Detmold

In 1928, Prince Leopold's three sons by his first wife signed up to the Nazi Party The eldest, Prince Ernst, is reputedly the first German prince to do so1

In 1937, Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld married Princess Juliana of the Netherlands On the accession of their daughter Beatrix in 1980, the Netherlands Royal House remained known as the House of Orange-Nassau, although Beatrix and her sisters are agnatically members of the House of Lippe

States ruled by the House of Lippeedit

  • Lippe 1123–1918 known as Lippe-Detmold from 1613
  • Lippe-Brake 1613–1709
  • Lippe-Alverdissen 1613–1640 and 1681–1777
  • Lippe-Biesterfeld
  • Lippe-Weissenfeld
  • Schaumburg-Lippe 1643–1918

See alsoedit

  • List of consorts of Lippe


  1. ^ http://wwwhistoryfilescouk/KingListsEurope/GermanyLippehtm

External linksedit

  • Marek, Miroslav "Genealogy of the House of Lippe" GenealogyEU 
  • Regnal chronology of Lippe
— Royal house — House of Lippe
New title Ruling House of Lippe
Declared a
Ruling House of Schaumburg-Lippe

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