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House of Lippe

House of Lippe
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Country Lippe, Schaumburg-Lippe
Titles Lord, Count, Prince
Founded 1123
Founder Bernhard I
Final ruler Leopold IV
Current head Prince Armin or
Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
Dissolution 1918
Cadet branches Lippe-Weissenfeld
Schaumburg-Lippe

The House of Lippe (German: Haus Lippe) is the former reigning house of a number of German states. Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, former Queen of the Netherlands, is an agnatic member of this house.

History

The House of Lippe descends from Jobst Herman, Count of Lippe[1] (died ca. 1056) whose son Bernhard I was the founder of the state of Lippe in 1123.

In 1613, the House's territory was split into Lippe-Detmold, Lippe-Brake and Lippe-Alverdissen. In 1643 Count Philipp of Lippe-Alverdissen founded the Schaumburg-Lippe line of the House of Lippe. In 1905 with the death of Prince Alexander the senior Lippe-Detmold branch of the family became extinct with Count Leopold of Lippe-Biesterfeld succeeding him as Prince.

At the German Revolution of 1918, the Princes of Lippe and Schaumburg-Lippe were forced to abdicate, ending the family's 795-year rule in Lippe. Armin, Prince of Lippe still owns the estate and castle at Detmold.

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 Lippe

See also

References

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Royal house
House of Lippe
New title Ruling House of Lippe
1123–1918
Declared a
Republic
Ruling House of Schaumburg-Lippe
1643–1918
Preceded by
House of Mecklenburg
Ruling House of the Netherlands
1980–2013
Succeeded by
House of Amsberg