Cecilie, Princess of Waldeck and Pyrmont

As of August 2020.

See also:

Cecilie von Goëss-Saurau
Princess zu Waldeck and Pyrmont
Born (1956-08-23) 23 August 1956 (age 63)
Frohnleiten, Austria
Wittekind, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont


m. 1988)

Issue Prince Carl-Anton
Prince Josias
Prince Johannes
Full name
German: Cäcilie Antoinette Maria Philippine
House Goëss
Father Count Carl-Anton von Goëss-Saurau
Mother Baroness Maria Mayr von Melnhof

Countess Cecilie von Goeß-Saurau (German: Gräfin Cäcilie von Goeß-Saurau; born 23 August 1956) is the wife of Wittekind, Prince zu Waldeck und Pyrmont, head of the Princely House of Waldeck and Pyrmont, a sovereign principality within the German Empire until 1918.[1]

Early life

Cecilie was born at Frohnleiten, Austria, the fifth child and second daughter of forest and water resources manager Carl-Anton, Count von Goëss-Saurau (born 1921), and his wife, Baroness Maria Mathilde Mayr von Melnhof (1921–1996).[2] Barons von Goëss since 1672 and Imperial counts since 1693, the family was of Netherlandic origin, suffixing “Saurau” to their surname in 1948 while residing in Styria, Austria.[2]


Cecilie married on 19 May 1988 in Frohnleiten, Wittekind, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont (b. 1936). He is the fourth child and only son of Josias, Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont, and his wife, Duchess Altburg of Oldenburg.[1]

They have three sons.

  • Prince Carl-Anton of Waldeck and Pyrmont (b. 25 December 1991)
  • Prince Josias of Waldeck and Pyrmont (b. 8 September 1993)
  • Prince Johannes of Waldeck and Pyrmont (b. 8 September 1993)

Titles and styles

  • 23 August 1956 – 19 May 1988: Countess Cecilie von Goëss-Saurau
  • 19 May 1988 – present: Her Serene Highness The Princess of Waldeck and Pyrmont