List of heirs to the Prussian throne

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This is a list of those people who were heir apparent or heir presumptive to the Kingdom of Prussia from its foundation in 1701 to the end of the monarchy in 1918. From 18 January 1871 the Crown Prince of Prussia was also heir apparent to the German Empire. Those heirs who succeeded are shown in bold.

Heirs to the Kingdom of Prussia[edit]

King Heir Relationship to king and status Became heir Ceased to be heir Next in line
Friedrich I Friedrich Wilhelm, Crown Prince Son
Heir apparent
18 January 1701;
foundation of the Kingdom of Prussia
25 February 1713;
succeeded
Philipp Wilhelm, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt
1701–1707, uncle
Friedrich Wilhelm, Prince of Orange
1710–1711, son
Philipp Wilhelm, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt
1711, uncle
Friedrich Wilhelm, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt
1711–1712, cousin
Friedrich, Prince of Orange
1712–1713, son
Friedrich Wilhelm I Friedrich, Crown Prince Son
Heir apparent
25 February 1713;
father succeeded
31 May 1740;
succeeded
Friedrich Wilhelm, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt
1713–1717, first cousin once removed
Prince Ludwig Karl Wilhelm
1717–1719, brother
Friedrich Wilhelm, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt
1719–1722, first cousin once removed
Prince August Wilhelm
1722–1740
Friedrich II Prince August Wilhelm Brother
Heir presumptive
31 May 1740;
brother succeeded
12 June 1758;
died
Prince Heinrich
1740–1744, brother
Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
1744–1758, son
Prince Friedrich Wilhelm Nephew
Heir presumptive
12 June 1758;
father died
17 August 1786;
succeeded
Prince Heinrich
1758–1767, brother
Prince Heinrich
1767–1770, uncle
Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
1770–1786, son
Friedrich Wilhelm II Friedrich Wilhelm, Crown Prince Son
Heir apparent
17 August 1786;
father succeeded
16 November 1797;
succeeded
Prince Ludwig Karl
1786–1795, brother
Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
1795–1797, son
Friedrich Wilhelm III Friedrich Wilhelm, Crown Prince Son
Heir apparent
16 November 1797;
father succeeded
7 June 1840;
succeeded
Prince Wilhelm
1797–1840, brother
Friedrich Wilhelm IV Prince Wilhelm Brother
Heir presumptive
7 June 1840;
brother succeeded
2 January 1861;
succeeded
Prince Friedrich
1840–1861, son
Wilhelm I Friedrich, Crown Prince Son
Heir apparent
2 January 1861;
father succeeded
18 January 1871;
became heir also to the German Empire
Prince Wilhelm
1861–1871, son
King Heir Relationship to king and status Became heir Ceased to be heir Next in line

Heirs to the German Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia[edit]

Emperor Heir Relationship to emperor and status Became heir Ceased to be heir Next in line
Wilhelm I Friedrich, Crown Prince Son
Heir apparent
18 January 1871;
German Empire established
9 March 1888;
succeeded
Prince Wilhelm
1871–1888, son
Friedrich III Wilhelm, Crown Prince Son
Heir apparent
9 March 1888;
father succeeded
15 June 1888;
succeeded
Prince Wilhelm
1888, son
Wilhelm II Wilhelm, Crown Prince Son
Heir apparent
15 June 1888;
father succeeded
9 November 1918;
Monarchy abolished
Prince Eitel Friedrich
1888–1906, brother
Prince Wilhelm
1906–1918, son
Emperor Heir Relationship to emperor and status Became heir Ceased to be heir Next in line

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