The nieces of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Princess Johanna hesse
Princess Johanna - akpool GmbH / Abteilung Arkivi / Alamy Stock Photo

At today’s funeral service of The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, his sisters’ side of the family will be represented by two great-nephews, Princess Margarita‘s grandson Philipp, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Princess Theodora‘s grandson Prince Berthold of Baden. Princesses Sophie and Cecilie, who both married into the Grand Ducal House of Hesse, will be represented by Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse, who is the son of Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse who succeeded Cecilie’s brother-in-law Prince Louis of Hesse and by Rhine, the last head of the Hesse-Darmstadt line, as head of the entire Hesse line.

But what about their female descendants? They won’t be present at the funeral due to the current regulations but perhaps we would have seen Prince Philip’s surviving nieces if it had been possible.

Princess Margarita

Princess Margarita’s marriage to Gottfried, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, produced six children, two daughters (one stillborn) and four sons.

Stillborn daughter (3 December 1933) 1

Princess Beatrix (10 June 1936 – 15 November 1997)

(Beatrix is the second from the left – in blue)

Princess Beatrix never married and she did not have any children.

Princess Theodora

Princess Theodora’s marriage to Berthold, Margrave of Baden, produced three children, one daughter and two sons.

Princess Margarita (14 July 1932 – 15 January 2013)

Princess Margarita married Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia, the younger brother of the former King Peter II of Yugoslavia, and they had a son and a daughter together.

Princess Cecilie

Princess Cecilie’s marriage to Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse, produced two sons and a daughter (in addition, Cecilie was pregnant when she died).

Princess Johanna (20 September 1936 – 14 June 1939)

Princess Johanna – akpool GmbH / Abteilung Arkivi / Alamy Stock Photo

Princess Johanna was not with her family when they all perished in an aeroplane crash. She was adopted by her aunt and uncle but would tragically die of meningitis before her third birthday.

Princess Sophie

Princess Sophie was the only one of the sisters to marry twice. Her first marriage to Prince Christoph of Hesse produced three daughters and two sons. Her second marriage to Prince George William of Hanover produced two sons and a daughter.

Princess Christina (10 January 1933 – 22 November 2011)

Princess Christina married Prince Andrew of Yugoslavia and had a son and a daughter with him before their divorce in 1962. She remarried Robert Floris van Eyck that same year and had another son and a daughter before divorcing in 1986.

Princess Dorothea (24 July 1934)

Princess Dorothea married Prince Friedrich Karl of Windisch-Grätz in 1959, and they had two daughters together. It appears that Dorothea is still alive, making her Prince Philip’s eldest surviving niece.

Princess Clarissa (6 February 1944)

Princess Clarissa married Jean-Claude Derrien in 1971, but they were divorced in 1976. She has one daughter, born in 1980.

Princess Friederike (15 October 1954)

(Friederike is the little girl in front of the bride)

Princess Friederike was born from Sophie’s second marriage. She married Jerry William Cyr in 1979, and they had one son and a daughter together.

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