Today, Prince Heinrich of Hannover turns sixty years-old!

Prince Ernst August and Princess Ortrud of Hannover with their six children, 1963.
Photograph (c) Prince Heinrich of Hannover.

Born on 29 April 1961 at Hannover, Prince Heinrich Julius Christian Otto Friedrich Franz Anton Günter of Hannover was the third son and sixth and last child of Prince Ernst August of Hannover (1914-1987) and Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein (1925-1980), who married in 1951. Heinrich had five older siblings: Princess Marie (b.1954; married Count Michael von Hochberg), Prince Ernst August (b.1954; married 1st Chantal Hochuli; married 2nd Princess Caroline of Monaco), Prince Ludwig Rudolph (1955-1988; married Countess Isabella von Thurn und Valsassina-Como-Vercelli), Princess Olga (b.1958), and Princess Alexandra (b.1959; married Fürst Alexander zu Leiningen). From his father Ernst August’s earlier relationship with Baroness Maria Anna von Humboldt-Dachroeden (1916-2003; ex-wife of Prince Hubertus of Prussia), Heinrich has an older half-brother Christian Freiherr von Humboldt-Dachroeden (b.1943).

The wedding of Prince Heinrich and Princess Thyra of Hannover, 1999.
Photograph (c) Getty Images/Franziska Krug

In 1999, Prince Heinrich of Hannover married Thuringian aristocrat Thyra von Westernhagen (b.14 August 1973), the daughter of Burghard von Westernhagen and Uta Maria von Pape. The couple have three children: Prince Albert (b.1999), Princess Eugenia (b.2001), and Prince Julius (b.2006). From an earlier relationship with Desirée Nick (b.1960), Heinrich has a son: Oscar Prinz von Hannover (b.1996; né Nick). 

Princess Thyra, Prince Heinrich, and their son Prince Albert of Hannover attend the 2017 wedding of Heinrich’s nephew Hereditary Prince Ernst August and Ekaterina Malysheva.
Photograph (c) Getty Images/Gisela Schober.

Prince Heinrich of Hanover founded, owns and manages the publishing company MatrixMedia Verlag in Göttingen.

Many happy returns to Prince Heinrich!

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