Producer
Director
Jobst Knigge
Producer
Digital Betacam
Genre
Dynasties
Broadcaster
WDR
Length
1 x 45'
Editor
Year
2009
Dynasties in NRW
The Princes of Bentheim-Tecklenburg

The Princes of Bentheim-Tecklenburg. Once upon a time they ruled their own kingdom in North Rhine-Westphalia. Rheda Castle in East Westphalia, with more than 100 rooms, is still the ancestral seat of the princely family. Today, a young family in its 24th generation inhabits the castle in Rheda-Wiedenbrück: Maximilian Hereditary Prince of Bentheim-Tecklenburg and his wife Marissa, a née Fortescue from London, with their three children. It is a noble life in the middle of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The Bentheim-Tecklenburgs are related to almost all the royal houses of Europe. The British, Dutch, Spanish or Swedes; all have visited the princely family at one of their castles. And even the bestselling author Rosamunde Pilcher, an aunt of Hereditary Princess Marissa, has visited Rheda Castle - where a rose in the castle garden was named after her in her honour.

Commissioned by WDR, BROADVIEW TV tells the exciting story of the noble dynasty of the Princes of Bentheim-Tecklenburg. In addition to exclusive interviews with Rosamunde Pilcher, family members, companions and well-known personalities from North Rhine-Westphalia, filmmaker Jobst Knigge is able to draw on previously unreleased private and archive film footage to tell the moving story of the zu Bentheim-Tecklenburgs.

First broadcast: Fri., 2 October 2009, 8:15 p.m., WDR

Dynasties in NRW: The Princes of Bentheim-Tecklenburg

The Princes of Bentheim-Tecklenburg. Once upon a time they ruled their own kingdom in North Rhine-Westphalia. Rheda Castle in East Westphalia, with more than 100 rooms, is still the ancestral seat of the princely family. Today, a young family in its 24th generation inhabits the castle in Rheda-Wiedenbrück: Maximilian Hereditary Prince of Bentheim-Tecklenburg and his wife Marissa, a née Fortescue from London, with their three children. It is a noble life in the middle of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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