Eleonore and Simone – Princesses in the cemetery

Photo by Moniek Bloks

Sometimes lesser known royals do not end up in grand mausoleums and are buried among us commoners. Two of these Princesses – Eleonore of Lippe Weissenfeld and Simone Arnoux – are buried in The Hague at the Oud Eik en Duinen cemetery.

Eleonore of Lippe Weissenfeld was born on 11 August 1913 in Dresden as the daughter of Count Ernst of Lippe-Weissenfeld and Anna of Ysenburg and Büdingen. She never knew her father as he was killed at the Eastern front on 11 September 1914. Her mother later remarried to Leopold IV, Prince of Lippe and they had one son together, Eleonore’s half-brother – Armin, Prince of Lippe. Her half-brother was a first cousin of Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, who married Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. On 19 May 1935, she married Sweder, Count of Rechteren-Limpurg and they had two children together – a son named Roderik and a daughter named Anna. They divorced in 1944 and Eleonore died on 19 October 1964 in The Hague. She is buried in the same cemetery as Prince Bernhard’s brother Aschwin and his wife Simone, though on completely opposite ends.

Simone Arnoux – Nationaal Archief, CC BY-SA 3.0 nl via Wikimedia Commons

Simone Louise Arnoux was born on 9 May 1915 as the daughter of Henri Arnoux and Louise Françoise Nelly Lian. She had been married once before to Gottfried Adam Vollrat von Watzdorf, with whom she had two sons – Stephan and Tilo. They divorced in June 1951 and she married Aschwin in September. They had no children together. Aschwin died on 14 May 1988 and Simone survived him until 21 November 2001.

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