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Born August 18, 1924 (1924-08-18) (age 85)
Detmold, Germany
Title(s) Prince of Lippe
Throne(s) claimed Lippe
Pretend from 30 December 1949
Monarchy abolished 1918
Last monarch Leopold IV
Connection with youngest son
Royal House Lippe
Father Leopold IV
Mother Princess Anna of Ysenburg and Büdingen
Spouse Traute Becker
Children Hereditary Prince Stephan
Predecessor Leopold IV

Armin, Prince of Lippe (Armin Leopold Ernst Bruno Heinrich Willa August Fürst zur Lippe) (born 18 August 1924, in Detmold) is the son of Leopold IV, Prince of Lippe and his second wife Princess Anna of Ysenburg and Büdingen.

He succeeded his father as head of the house of Lippe following his death on the 30 December 1949. On 22 March 1953, he renounced his position in favour of his older half brother Prince Leopold. This move proved controversial within the house and several princes started legal proceedings. Prince Leopold later in 1958 renounced the headship in favour of his older brother Hereditary Prince Ernst. Later in that year the Hereditary Prince called a family council where it was agreed by the princes in attendance that the oldest prince living in Germany would be head of the house. So the position went to Prince Simon Casimir (1900-1980).

Although agreeing at the time, Prince Ernst August of Lippe, the son of Prince Julius Ernst of Lippe and Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg, later changed his mind believing all princes of house not just those living in Germany should be considered. He ultimately assumed the headship of the house. Ernst August died in 1990 and his son Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Lippe (b. 1947) has continued his claim. Prince Armin, who has said he did not think his decision in 1953 was irrevocable, also claims to be head of the house.

He was a first cousin of Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, consort of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands.

Marriage and Child

He married Traute Becker, daughter of Gustav Becker and Charlotte Meyer, on 27 March 1953, in Göttingen, Germany, in a civil marriage followed by a religious ceremony on 29 March 1953, in Celle, Lower Saxony, Germany. They had one child:


  • Beéche, Arturo E. (October 2006). "A Headless House? The Dynastic Dispute of the House of Lippe". European Royal History Journal (LIII): 13–17. 

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Armin, Prince of Lippe
Born: 18 August 1924
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Prince Leopold IV
Prince of Lippe
30 December 1949 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Principality abolished in 1918
Hereditary Prince Stephan


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