Prince Wilhelm-Karl of Prussia
|Prince of Prussia|
|Spouse||Armgard von Veltheim|
|House||House of Hohenzollern|
|Father||Prince Oskar of Prussia|
|Mother||Countess Ina Marie von Bassewitz|
30 January 1922|
|Died||9 April 2007
Prince Wilhelm Karl Adalbert Erich Detloff of Prussia (January 30, 1922, in Potsdam – April 9, 2007, in Holzminden) was the third son of Prince Oskar of Prussia, and the last surviving grandson of Wilhelm II, the last German Emperor. He was the thirty-sixth Master of Knights (Herrenmeister) of the ancient and beneficent Protestant (and largely German) Order of Saint John (Bailiwick of Brandenburg), also known as Der Johanniterorden.
Wilhelm-Karl was the youngest of Prince Oskar of Prussia and Countess Ina Marie von Bassewitz's four children. Having been admitted to the Bailiwick of Brandenburg of the Order of Saint John of the Hospital at Jerusalem (known informally as the Johanniterorden, it is the Protestant successor of the mediaeval Knights Hospitaller) in 1944, he later succeeded his father as its head, serving as the thirty-sixth Herrenmeister ("Master of the Knights") of the Order from 1958 until 1999. Prince Wilhelm-Karl worked tirelessly to keep the Order intact during the Cold War and helped to reunite its membership after the fall of East Germany.
Amongst other orders and awards, Wilhelm-Karl received the Grand Merit Cross (with star) of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Grand Cross of the Order pro merito Melitensi of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
In 1952, Prince Wilhelm-Karl married Armgard von Veltheim. The couple had two sons and a daughter:
- Princess Donata-Viktoria of Prussia (1952).
- Prince Wilhelm-Karl of Prussia (1955).
- Prince Oskar of Prussia (1959); historian, succeeded his father as the Master of the Knights of the Johanniterorden.
- Auftrag des Johanniters. Ansprachen und Aufsätze ("Transactions of the Johanniter Knights: Talks and Treatises"); 1983.
- Johanniter und der 20. Juli 1944 ("Johanniter Knights and the Plot of July 20, 1944", written with Lieutenant General Bernd, Baron Freytag von Loringhoven); 1989 (second edition).
- Die Soldaten der Wehrmacht ("The Soldiers of the Wehrmacht", written with Karl-Günther von Hase and Hans Poeppel), 1998 (sixth edition, 2000). (ISBN 3-7766-2057-9)
This page is a translation of the article in the German language Wikipedia.
Prince Wilhelm-Karl of PrussiaBorn: 30 January 1922 Died: 9 April 2007
Oskar, Prinz von Preußen
|Herrenmeister (Grand Master) of the Order of Saint John
Oskar, Prinz von Preußen