Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg : biography
Princess Nathalie Xenia Margrethe Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (born 2 May 1975, in Copenhagen, Denmark) is daughter of Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Princess Benedikte of Denmark. Her mother is the younger sister of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
Although Princess Nathalie has no official royal role, she does appear at Danish royal family events, including weddings and the annual summer family group photograph.
In 1994 Princess Nathalie began training on the Swedish stud "Flyinge" with her trainer Kyra Kyrklund, former world champion in dressage. After four years, during which she won the bronze medal at the European Championship with the Danish team, she had to change coaches as Kyrklund moved to England. She teamed up with Klaus Balkenhol, coach of the German dressage team.
Nathalie gained a place in the 2000 Olympic team as reserve rider, and afterward participated in the European Championship of 2001, winning a bronze medal and the World Championship 2002 (where she was placed fourth) with the Danish team. She was a member of the Team Denmark dressage team in the 2008 Summer Olympics and was awarded a bronze medal.
As Nathalie Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, she was part of the Danish equestrian team in the London 2012 Olympics, competing in the team and individual dressage events on her horse Digby. She finished 12th in the individual event and helped Denmark to a 4th place team finish.London 2012 official website http://www.london2012.com/athlete/zu-sayn---wittgenstein-nathalie-1081847/
In addition to riding she also breeds horses, as does her mother. In autumn 2005, the princess opened her own stud farm, which is based in Bad Berleburg.
Marriage and children
On 4 January 2010, Princess Nathalie's engagement to German horse breeder Alexander Johannsmann, (b. 6 December 1977), son of showjumper Heinrich-Wilhelm Johannsmann, was announced. The couple married civilly 27 May 2010 and religiously the following year, on 18 June 2011 at the evangelic Stadtkirche, Berleburg in Germany. The bride wore an ivory satin gown by Danish designer Henrik Hviid, with the traditional Danish Royal family antique Irish lace veil and the Cartier Khedive-of-Egypt tiara.
Princess Nathalie gave birth to a son, Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard on 24 July 2010. He is named Konstantin for Nathalie's father's middle name, and for uncle King Constantine of Greece; Gustav for her brother; Heinrich for Alexander's father and Richard for Nathalie's father. Billebladet 7 Aug 2010 (Danish text) http://www.billedbladet.dk/Kongelige/ArticleFolder/2010/8/Prinsesse%20Nathalie%20viste%20lille%20Konstantin%20frem.aspx Konstantin's godparents were Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, his aunt Ann-Kathrin Johannsmann, and his uncle Prince Gustav.
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