Category: House of Waldeck-Pyrmont

Categories: European Noble Houses | German Nobility | House of Waldeck

Landing level category for profiles of persons affiliated with this noble house.

Waldeck (or later Waldeck and Pyrmont) was a sovereign principality in the German Empire and German Confederation and, until 1929, a constituent state of the Weimar Republic. It comprised territories in present-day Hesse and Lower Saxony, (Germany).

Waldeck was a county within the Holy Roman Empire from about 1200. Its counts included Adolf II of Waldeck from 1270 to 1276. In 1655, its seat and the chief residence of its rulers shifted from the castle and small town of Waldeck, overlooking the Eder river and first mentioned in 1120, to Arolsen. In 1625, the small county of Pyrmont became part of the county through inheritance. In January 1712, the count of Waldeck and Pyrmont was elevated to prince by Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor. For a brief period, 1805 to 1812, Pyrmont was a separate principality as a result of inheritance and partition after the death of the previous prince, but the two parts were united again in 1812. The independence of the principality was confirmed in 1815 by the Congress of Vienna, and Waldeck and Pyrmont became a member of the German Confederation. From 1868 onward, the principality was administered by Prussia, but retained its legislative sovereignty. Prussian administration served to reduce administrative costs for the small state and was based on a ten-year contract that was repeatedly renewed until Waldeck was formally absorbed into Prussia in 1929. In 1871, the principality became a constituent state of the new German Empire.

In 1905, Waldeck and Pyrmont had an area of 1121 km² and a population of 59,000.

At the end of World War I, and during the German Revolution, resulting in the fall of all the German monarchies, the prince abdicated and Waldeck and Pyrmont became a free state within the Weimar Republic. However, what had been Waldeck and Pyrmont's flag became the flag of the Weimar Republic, and later the Federal Republic of Germany.

The princely house of Waldeck and Pyrmont is closely related to the royal family of the Netherlands. The last ruling prince, Frederick, was the brother of Queen consort Emma of the Netherlands.

Person Profiles (19)


18 Aug 1831 Wiesbaden, Herzogtum Nassau, Deutscher Bund - 28 Oct 1888 photo
06 Jan 1858 Schloss Luisenlund, Kiel, Holstein, Deutscher Bund - 02 Jul 1936 photo
14 Jan 1831 Arolsen, Waldeck-Pyrmont, Deutscher Bund - 12 May 1893 photo
27 Jul 1854 Deutscher Bund - 05 Aug 1869 photo
26 Jun 1892 Arolsen, Waldeck und Pyrmont, Deutsches Reich - 17 Oct 1914 photo


29 Sep 1827 Deutscher Bund - 16 Feb 1910 photo

W cont.

02 Aug 1858 Bad Arolsen, Kreis der Twiste, Waldeck, Deutscher Bund - 20 Mar 1934 photo
20 Jan 1865 Arolsen, Waldeck und Pyrmont, Deutscher Bund - 26 May 1946 photo
22 Dec 1899 Arolsen, Fürstentum Waldeck-Pyrmont, Deutsches Reich - 18 Feb 1948 photo
17 Feb 1861 Arolsen, Waldeck und Pyrmont, Deutscher Bund - abt 01 Sep 1922 photo


23 May 1857 Arolsen, Fürstentum Waldeck und Pyrmont, Deutscher Bund - 30 Apr 1882 photo
06 May 1747 Heiliges Römisches Reich - 09 Sep 1813 photo

Z cont.

20 Sep 1789 Heiliges Römisches Reich - 15 May 1845 photo
26 Sep 1796 Rhoden, Fürstentum Halberstadt, Preußen, Heiliges Römisches Reich - 12 Apr 1869 photo
13 May 1896 Arolsen, Waldeck und Pyrmont, Deutsches Reich - 30 Nov 1967 photo
29 Jan 1751 Arolsen, Fürstentum Waldeck-Pyrmont, Heiliges Römisches Reich - 17 Nov 1816 photo
19 Oct 1855 Arolsen, Waldeck und Pyrmont, Deutscher Bund - 03 Jul 1925 photo

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