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Prince Welf Henry of Hanover

Prince Welf Henry of Hanover

Hanoverian prince
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Hanoverian prince
A.K.A. Welf Heinrich Prinz von Hannover
Gender male
Birth March 11, 1923 (Gmunden)
Death July 12, 1997 (Frankfurt)
Mother: Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia
Father: Ernest AugustusDuke of Brunswick
Siblings: Ernest AugustusPrince of HanoverPrince George William of HanoverPrince Christian Oscar of Hanover
Spouse: Alexandra Prinzessin von Hannover
The details

Prince Welf Henry of Hanover (Welf Heinrich Ernst August Georg Christian Berthold Friedrich Wilhelm Louis Ferdinand Prinz von Hannover), Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (11 March 1923 in Gmunden, Upper Austria, Austria; – 12 July 1997 in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany) was the fourth son of Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick and his wife Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia, the only daughter of Wilhelm II, German Emperor and Augusta Viktoria of Schleswig-Holstein. The prince was known to his family as "Welfi."

Marriage and personal life

Welf Henry married Princess Alexandra Sophie of Ysenburg and Büdingen (born 23 October 1937 in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany, died 1 June 2015 in Frankfurt am Main), daughter of Otto Friedrich III, Prince of Ysenburg and Büdingen in Wächtersbach and his wife Felicitas Anna Eleonore Cecilie, Princess Reuss of Köstritz, on 20 September 1960 at Büdingen, Hesse, Germany, in a civil marriage ceremony, and on the following day in a religious ceremony at the Marienkirche in Büdingen. The couple had no children.

Welf Henry and Alexandra lived in Frankfurt's Niederrad district. Alexandra had served as a city councilwoman representing Niederrad on the Frankfurt City Council since 1980. She was a member of the Christian Democratic Union political party.

Welf Henry died in 1997 after a long illness.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 11 March 1923 – 12 July 1997: His Royal Highness Prince Welf Henry of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg


Welf Henry was a descendant of Victoria of the United Kingdom and Albert, Prince Consort through their eldest daughter Victoria, Princess Royal, the wife of Frederick III, German Emperor. His sister, Princess Friederike of Hanover married Paul I, King of the Hellenes.

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