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Princess Irmingard of Bavaria

Princess Irmingard
Princess Irmingard of Bavaria
Born (1923-05-29)29 May 1923
Schloss Berchtesgaden
Died (2010-10-23)23 October 2010 (aged 87)
Schloss Leutstetten, Starnberg
Burial Andechs Abbey
Spouse Prince Ludwig of Bavaria
Issue Prince Luitpold of Bavaria
Princess Irmingard Maria of Bavaria
Princess Philippa of Bavaria
Full name
Irmingard Marie Josefa
House House of Wittelsbach
Father Rupprecht, Crown Prince of Bavaria
Mother Princess Antonia of Luxembourg

Princess Irmingard of Bavaria (May 29, 1923 – October 23, 2010) was the daughter of Rupprecht, Crown Prince of Bavaria and his second wife, Princess Antonia of Luxembourg. She was a half-sister of Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria.

Early life

Irmingard was born at her father's residence, Schloss Berchtesgaden. She spent her childhood between Berchtesgaden and her father's other residences, the Leuchtenberg Palais in Munich, Schloss Leutstetten, and Schloss Hohenschwangau. In 1936 she was sent to England to be educated at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Roehampton (later Woldingham School) where several of her cousins, princesses of Luxembourg, were also enrolled.

In early 1940 Irmingard and her siblings were allowed to go to Italy and join their father who had left Germany in order to avoid conflict with the Nazi authorities. She spent the rest of the war mostly in Rome, Florence, and Padua.

In September 1944 Irmingard was arrested by the Nazis who had been unsuccessful in trying to find and arrest her father. She fell ill from typhus and was sent to a prison hospital in Innsbruck. When she recovered, she was sent to the concentration camp at Oranienburg-Sachsenhausen, where she was reunited with other members of her family who had also been arrested. Later they were transferred to the concentration camps at Flossenbürg and Dachau, before being freed by the Third American Army, April 30, 1945.

Irmingard and her sisters sought refuge in Luxembourg, where their mother's sister Charlotte reigned. After a brief return to Germany, she went to the United States for a year, where her uncle Prince Adolf of Schwarzenberg had a ranch in Montana.

Marriage and children

On July 20, 1950, Irmingard married her first cousin Prince Ludwig of Bavaria at Schloss Nymphenburg in Munich. The couple had three children:

  • Prince Luitpold of Bavaria, born 1951; married 1979 Beatrix Wiegand, born 1951; five children.
  • Princess Maria of Bavaria, born and died January 3, 1953.
  • Princess Philippa of Bavaria, born and died June 26, 1954.

After her father's death in 1955, Irmingard and her husband moved into Schloss Leutstetten.

External links

  • The Royal Family, the Nazis, and the Second World War
  • Obituary of Princess Irmingard of Bavaria, The Daily Telegraph, 8 November, 2010
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