He was born in Arolsen the son of Hereditary Prince Josias of Waldeck and Pyrmont and his wife, Duchess Altburg of Oldenburg (1903–2001). Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler were his godfathers.  Wittekind, who has served in the German Armed Forces and held the rank Lieutenant Colonel , succeeded as head of the House of Waldeck and Pyrmont on the death of his father on 30 November 1967. 
Marie was born in Arolsen, then part of the German Principality of Waldeck and Pyrmont. Her younger brother, Friedrich , was the last reigning prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont . Two of her younger sisters, Emma and Helena , married her third cousin once removed William III of the Netherlands and Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (youngest son of Queen Victoria ), respectively.
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28/09/2022 · 1-Le prince Wilhelm Friedrich Franz Joseph Christian Olaf de Prusse 1906-1940, fils aîné du Kronprinz Wilhelm 1882-1951 et de la Kronprinzessin, née duchesse Cecilie de Mecklembourg 1886-1954, 2- Dorothea von Salviati 1907–1972.
Fue bautizado con los nombres de: Ernst August Albert Paul Otto Rupprecht Oskar Berthold Friedrich-Ludwig-Ferdinand Christian Estudios [ editar ] Ernesto cursó los primeros estudios en Alemania Occidental , y a los quince años le fue retirado el permiso de conducir motocicletas a causa de un accidente que ocasionó cuando formaba parte de un grupo de chicos roqueros.