Constantine, Prince of Hohenzollern-Hechingen

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Constantine
Prince of Hohenzollern-Hechingen
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Constantine, Prince of Hohenzollern-Hechingen.
Prince of Hohenzollern-Hechingen
Reign 13 September 1838 –
7 December 1849
Predecessor Friedrich Hermann Otto
Successor none
Spouse Eugénie de Beauharnais
Baroness Amalie Schenk von Geyern
Full name
German: Friedrich Wilhelm Konstantin Hermann Thassilo
House House of Hohenzollern-Hechingen
Father Friedrich Hermann Otto, Prince of Hohenzollern-Hechingen
Mother Princess Pauline of Courland
Born (1801-02-16)16 February 1801
Schloss Sagan, Sagan, Silesia, Prussia
Died 3 September 1869(1869-09-03) (aged 68)
Schloss Polnisch Nettkow, Grünberg, Silesia, Prussia
Religion Roman Catholicism

Prince Friedrich Wilhelm Konstantin Hermann Thassilo of Hohenzollern-Hechingen (16 February 1801, Schloss Sagan, Sagan, Silesia, Prussia – 3 September 1869, Schloss Polnisch Nettkow, Grünberg, Silesia, Prussia) was the last Prince of Hohenzollern-Hechingen. Constantine was the only child of Frederick, Prince of Hohenzollern-Hechingen and his wife, Princess Pauline of Courland, the daughter of the last Duke of Courland, Peter von Biron.

Regency and reign[edit]

Constantine served as regent for his ill father, Frederick, beginning in 1834. Upon his father's death in 1838, Constantine became Prince of Hohenzollern-Hechingen and after the death of his mother in 1845, he also inherited the Duchy of Sagan. Following the Revolutions of 1848, Constantine and Charles Anthony, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen both agreed to cede their principalities to the Kingdom of Prussia and renounced their rights as sovereign princes and heads of government on 7 December 1849.

Marriage[edit]

Constantine married firstly to Princess Eugénie de Beauharnais (1808–1847) on 22 May 1826 in Eichstätt and after her death (September 1847), he married secondly (and morganatically) to Baroness Amalie Schenk von Geyern. Upon their marriage, Frederick William IV of Prussia styled Amalie with the title Countess of Rothenburg.

Death and dynastic end[edit]

Constantine died on 3 September 1869 at his estate in Silesia. Because Constantine was the final male member of the Hohenzollern-Hechingen dynastic line, his title passed to the head of the House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, Charles Anthony.

Ancestry[edit]

Constantine, Prince of Hohenzollern-Hechingen
Cadet branch of the House of Hohenzollern
Born: 16 February 1801 Died: 3 September 1869
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Frederick
Prince of Hohenzollern-Hechingen
13 September 1838 – 7 December 1849
Principality annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Himself
— TITULAR —
Prince of Hohenzollern-Hechingen
7 December 1849 – 3 September 1869
Reason for succession failure:
Principality annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia in 1850
Succeeded by
Charles Anthony