Prince George William of Hanover (1915–2006)

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Prince George William
Spouse Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark
Issue Prince Welf Ernest
Prince George
Princess Frederica, Mrs. Jerry Cyr
Full name
George William Ernest Augustus Frederick Axel
German: Georg Wilhelm Ernst August Friedrich Axel[1]
House House of Hanover
Father Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick
Mother Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia
Born (1915-03-25)25 March 1915
Brunswick, Brunswick, German Empire
Died 8 January 2006(2006-01-08) (aged 90)
Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Prince George William of Hanover (Georg Wilhelm Ernst August Friedrich Axel Prinz von Hannover[1]), Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg[2] (25 March 1915 – 8 January 2006[1][2]) was the second eldest son of Ernest Augustus III, Duke of Brunswick and his wife Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia, the only daughter of Wilhelm II, German Emperor and Augusta Viktoria of Schleswig-Holstein.

He was born a Prince of Great Britain and Ireland, but soon lost his English titles as a result of the Titles Deprivation Act


George William was christened on 10 May 1915 in Brunswick.[3] The prince's godparents included Maria Christina of Austria, Prince Axel of Denmark, and Princess Olga of Hanover and Cumberland who held the infant prince over the baptismal font.

From 1930 through 1934, Prince George William attended the elite boarding school Schule Schloss Salem in Überlingen on Lake Constance. Schule Schloss Salem was co-founded by the prince's uncle, the last Chancellor of the German Empire, Prince Maximilian of Baden, and educator Kurt Hahn in 1920. Prince George William was a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and of the Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (DOSB). From 1948 to 1959, the prince headed the Schule Schloss Salem.

Prince George William of Hanover lived in Schliersee, near Munich, and died in Munich in 2006. His wife, Sophie, sister of Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, later Duke of Edinburgh, consort of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, died in 2001.

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 23 April 1946 in Salem, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Prince George William married Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark, daughter of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg, and the widow of Prince Christoph of Hesse.

Prince and Princess George William had three children:


George William was a descendant of Victoria of the United Kingdom and Albert, Prince Consort through their eldest daughter Victoria, Princess Royal, the wife of Frederick III, German Emperor. His sister, Princess Friederike of Hanover married Paul I, King of the Hellenes.


  1. ^ a b c Darryl Lundy (14 April 2007). "Georg Wilhelm Ernst August Friedrich Axel Hanover, Prince of Hanover". Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  2. ^ a b Allan Raymond (24 June 2008). "Hanover Royal Family". Monarchies of Europe website. Retrieved 2008-08-17. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Announcements" (in German). Neue Preußische Zeitung. 11 May 1915.