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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]

Prince Karl Friedrich
Prince of Hohenzollern
Graf von dem Bergh, Fotografie Fürst Karl Friedrich von Hohenzollern.jpg
Head of the Princely House of Hohenzollern
Tenure 16 September 2010 – present
Predecessor Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
Heir-Apparent Prince Alexander
Born (1952-04-20) 20 April 1952 (age 66)
Sigmaringen, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
Countess Alexandra Schenck von Stauffenberg
(m. 1985; div. 2010)

Nina de Zomer
(m. 2010)
Issue Prince Alexander, Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern
Princess Philippa
Princess Flaminia
Princess Antonia
Full name
German: Karl Friedrich Emich Meinrad Benedikt Fidelis Maria Michael Gerold
House Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Father Friedrich Wilhelm, Prince of Hohenzollern
Mother Princess 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 ownes a 50% share in the Zollern GmbH und Co. KG (steelworks, transmission technics) with 2800 employees.

According to the 1923 constitution of Romania, Karl Friedrich is the rightful heir to the defunct 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, daughter of Count Clemens Anton Schenck von Stauffenberg (first cousin once removed of Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg) and his wife Countess Clementine Elisabeth Wolff-Metternich zur Gracht, 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 (Nina) de Zomer (born 1959), a German photographer.[3]


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 being 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



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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