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House of Lippe
COA family de Herren zur Lippe.svg
Country Lippe, Schaumburg-Lippe
Titles Lord, Count, Prince
Founder Bernhard I
Final ruler Leopold IV
Current head Prince Armin or
Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
Founding year 1123
Dissolution 1918
Ethnicity German
Cadet branches Lippe-Weissenfeld
Schaumburg-Lippe

The House of Lippe is a German Royal House. The House of Lippe descends from Hermann of Lippe (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.

With 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. In 1937, Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld married Princess Juliana of the Netherlands. With the ascension of their daughter Beatrix in 1980, the name of the 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

References

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–present
Incumbent
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