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Friedrich Wilhelm, Prince of Hohenzollern

Friedrich Wilhelm, Prince of Hohenzollern[1][2] (German: Friedrich Wilhelm Ferdinand Joseph Maria Manuel Georg Meinrad Fidelis Benedikt Michael Hubert Fürst von Hohenzollern;[1][2] February 3, 1924[1][2]– September 16, 2010) was the head of the Princely House of Hohenzollern for over 45 years.

Friedrich Wilhelm
Prince of Hohenzollern
Rittner Friedrich Wilhelm Fürst von Hohenzollern 2003.jpg
Portrait by Günter Rittner, 2003.
Head of the Princely House of Hohenzollern
TenureFebruary 6, 1965 – September 16, 2010
PredecessorFrederick
SuccessorKarl Friedrich
Born(1924-02-03)February 3, 1924
Schloss Umkirch, Umkirch, Weimar Republic
DiedSeptember 16, 2010(2010-09-16) (aged 86)
Sigmaringen
Spouse
Princess Margarita of Leiningen
(m. 1951; died 1994)
IssueKarl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern
Prince Albrecht
Prince Ferdinand
Full name
German: Friedrich Wilhelm Ferdinand Joseph Maria Manuel Georg Meinrad Fidelis Benedikt Michael Hubert
HouseHohenzollern-Sigmaringen
FatherFrederick, Prince of Hohenzollern
MotherPrincess Margarete Karola of Saxony

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BiographyEdit

Friedrich Wilhelm was born in Schloss Umkirch.[1][2] He was the eldest son[1][2] of Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern (1891–1965) and his wife, Princess Margarete Karola of Saxony (1900–1962), the daughter of the last King of Saxony Frederick Augustus III.[1][2] He became the head of the House of Hohenzollern on the February 6, 1965 following the death of his father Prince Friedrich, and remained so until his death on September 16, 2010.

According to the Romanian succession laws of the kingdom's last democratic Constitution of 1923, Friedrich Wilhelm's descendants would have a claim to the Romanian throne (see "Line of succession to the former Romanian throne") upon the demise of former King Michael. In 2006, the prince publicly stated that the Hohenzollerns had 'no interest in the Romanian throne', and King Michael proclaimed an updated line of succession, with equal primogeniture, designating his eldest daughter 'Crown Princess'.

Marriage and issueEdit

Friedrich Wilhelm married Princess Margarita of Leiningen (1932–1996) on February 3, 1951. She was a child of Karl, 6th Prince of Leiningen, and his wife, Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna of Russia.

They had three children:[1][2]

Titles and stylesEdit

  • February 3, 1924 – October 22, 1927: His Serene Highness Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Hohenzollern
  • October 22, 1927 – February 6, 1965: His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern
  • February 6, 1965 – September 16, 2010: His Royal Highness The Prince of Hohenzollern

HonoursEdit

AncestryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Darryl Lundy (September 20, 2006). "Friedrich Wilhelm Fürst von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen". thePeerage.com. Retrieved December 28, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Paul Theroff. "HOHENZOLLERN". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Archived from the original on April 28, 2009. Retrieved December 28, 2008.[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Theroff, Paul. ""Hohenzollern"". www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/ (Paul Theroff’s Royal Genealogy Site).[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ Trodni

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Friedrich Wilhelm, Prince of Hohenzollern
Cadet branch of the House of Hohenzollern
Born: 3 February 1924
German nobility
Preceded by
Frederick
Prince of Hohenzollern
February 6, 1965 – September 16, 2010
Succeeded by
Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern