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Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern

Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern (born 20 April 1952) is the eldest son of the late Friedrich Wilhelm, Prince of Hohenzollern and Princess Margarita of Leiningen.[1] He became head of the Princely House of Hohenzollern, the Roman Catholic Swabian branch of the dynasty, upon his father's death on 16 September 2010.[1]

Karl Friedrich
Prince of Hohenzollern
Graf von dem Bergh, Fotografie Fürst Karl Friedrich von Hohenzollern.jpg
Head of the Princely House of Hohenzollern
Tenure16 September 2010 – present
PredecessorPrince Friedrich Wilhelm
Heir-ApparentPrince Alexander
Born (1952-04-20) 20 April 1952 (age 67)
Sigmaringen, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
SpouseKatharina Maria "Nina" de Zomer
IssueAlexander, Prince of Hohenzollern
Princess Philippa
Princess Flaminia
Princess Antonia
Full name
German: Karl Friedrich Emich Meinrad Benedikt Fidelis Maria Michael Gerold
FatherFriedrich Wilhelm, Prince of Hohenzollern
MotherPrincess Margarita of Leiningen


Education and careerEdit

The prince read business administration at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

He is the chairman and sole owner of Unternehmensgruppe Fürst von Hohenzollern (Corporate Group Prince of Hohenzollern),[1] including real estate and forests with 400 employees, and owns a 50% share in the Zollern GmbH und Co. KG (steelworks, transmission technics) with 2800 employees.The Prince himself is voice, saxophonist and leader of the music band "Royal Groovin'".

According to the suspended 1938 Constitution of Romania, Karl Friedrich is heir to the throne since 2017, upon the death of former King Michael. However, in a 2009 interview, he stated that he had no interest in the Romanian throne.[2]

Marriage and childrenEdit

He married Countess Alexandra Schenck von Stauffenberg on 17 May 1985 in the Beuron Archabbey, Baden-Württemberg. They were divorced on 21 January 2010, in Sigmaringen.[1] They have four children:[1]

On 17 July 2010 Karl Friedrich married for the second time with Katharina Maria "Nina" de Zomer (born 1959).


The prince lives on his hunting estate Josefslust House, whereas the nearby hunting lodge is used by his brother Albrecht (born 1954) and the nearby Krauchenwies estate by his divorced wife, Princess Alexandra. Furthermore, he owns Umkirch Castle.

He has his offices at Sigmaringen Castle which is also open to the public and is used for family weddings and other ceremonial occasions.

Titles, styles and honoursEdit


  • 20 April 1952 – 6 February 1965: His Serene Highness Prince Karl Friedrich of Hohenzollern
  • 6 February 1965 – 16 September 2010: His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern
  • 16 September 2010 – present: His Royal Highness The Prince of Hohenzollern

Dynastic honoursEdit



  1. ^ a b c d e Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XIX. "Haus Hohenzollern". C.A. Starke Verlag, 2011, pp. 32-33, 260. ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6.
  2. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Romanian) "Karl Friedrich of Hohenzollern: „Radu Duda's Hohenzollern title is a farce“ Archived 12 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Cotidianul, 10 June 2009
  3. ^ a b, Karl-Friedrich wearing the German Order of the Black Eagle and the Hohenzollern House order
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
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Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern
Cadet branch of the House of Hohenzollern
Born: 20 April 1952
German nobility
Preceded by
Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
Prince of Hohenzollern
16 September 2010 – present
Prince Alexander