Friedrich Wilhelm, Prince of Hohenzollern

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Friedrich Wilhelm
Prince of Hohenzollern
Rittner Friedrich Wilhelm Fürst von Hohenzollern 2003.jpg
Portrait by Günter Rittner, 2003.
Prince of Hohenzollern
Tenure February 6, 1965 – September 16, 2010
Predecessor Frederick
Successor Karl Friedrich
Spouse Princess Margarita of Leiningen
Issue Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern
Prince Albrecht
Prince Ferdinand
Full name
German: Friedrich Wilhelm Ferdinand Joseph Maria Manuel Georg Meinrad Fidelis Benedikt Michael Hubert
House House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Father Frederick, Prince of Hohenzollern
Mother Princess Margarete Karola of Saxony
Born (1924-02-03)February 3, 1924
Schloss Umkirch, Umkirch, Germany
Died September 16, 2010(2010-09-16) (aged 86)

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-Sigmaringen.

Biography[edit]

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-Sigmaringen 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, upon the demise of King Michael, provided he dies without any male children as is now likely, Friedrich Wilhelm's descendants will likely inherit the rights of succession to the Romanian throne, although his grandfather's renunciation of right to the Romanian throne in favour of his brother, King Ferdinand of Romania may be seen to deprive Friedrich Wilhelm's lineage of any such right (see "Line of succession to the Romanian throne").

Marriage and issue[edit]

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 styles[edit]

  • 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 Highness The Prince of Hohenzollern.

Honours[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. Retrieved December 28, 2008. 
  3. ^ http://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/gotha/hohenzollern.html, "Hohenzollern"
  4. ^ Trodni

Obituary of His Highness Prince Friedrich Wilhelm, The Daily Telegraph, 13 October 2010

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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
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Frederick
— TITULAR —
Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Prince of Hohenzollern-Hechingen

February 6, 1965 – September 16, 2010
Reason for succession failure:
Principality annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia in 1850
Succeeded by
Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern