10: Social life

The princely couple was happy about the gradual revival of their social life: in Bonn with diplomatic friends, in the Rheingau, and increasingly also in their new villa in Sayn. They celebrated having survived the war, being able to leave all their worries behind and finally being able to meet relatives and friends from all over the world again.

Sports, hunting and partying played a big role again – but more on that later. 

We children went to boarding schools, as was traditional in our family at that time. All the greater was the joy of skiing or hiking in the mountains together with our parents during the holidays. 

All that changed dramatically when a skidding truck trailer fatally hit my father on his way to the post office here in Sayn in January 1962. Still, life had to somehow continue for my mother and us 5 children.”