Karl, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen

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Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
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Prince Karl in 1852
Reign 1831–1848
Born (1785-02-20)20 February 1785
Sigmaringen, Principality of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Died 11 March 1853(1853-03-11) (aged 68)
Spouse Marie Antoinette Murat
Princess Katharina of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst
Issue Princess Karoline
Karl Anton, Prince of Hohenzollern
Princess Amalie
Princess Friederike
House Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Father Anton Aloys, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Mother Princess Amalie Zephyrine of Salm-Kyrburg

Karl, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (20 February 1785 – 11 March 1853) was Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen from 1831 to 1848.

In 1833, Karl called a constitutional assembly (German: Landtag) together and created a constitutional charter that would be the law in his lands. He founded a hospital for his subjects, and had the Ständehaus built on the modern Leopoldsplatz in Sigmaringen (today owned by the Hohenzollerische Landesbank). Karl also removed the burden of serfdom and various other medieval laws.[1] During the German Revolution of 1848 Karl abdicated in favor of his son, Karl Anton, on 27 August 1848.[2]

Following the death of his first wife, Marie Antoinette Murat on 19 January 1847, on 14 March 1848, Karl married Katharina von Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst (1817–1893), daughter of Prince Karl Albrecht von Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst and widow of Count Franz Erwin von Ingelheim.

He died on 11 March 1853 in Bologna while traveling to Rome.


From his first marriage he had the following children:[3]

  • Karoline von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1810–1885)
∞ 1. 1839 Count Friedrich Franz Anton von Hohenzollern-Hechingen (1790–1847)
∞ 2. 1850 Johann Stäger von Waldburg (1822–1882)
  • Karl Anton (1811–1885), Prince of Hohenzollern, Prussian minister
∞ 1834 Princess Josephine of Baden (1813–1900)
∞ 1835 Prince Eduard von Sachsen-Altenburg (1804–1852)
  • Friederike von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1820–1906)
∞ 1844 Marchese Gioacchino Napoleone Pepoli (1825–1881)


  1. ^ Gustav Schilling: Geschichte des Hauses Hohenzollern, in genealogisch fortlaufenden Biographien aller seiner Regenten von den ältesten bis auf die neuesten Zeiten, nach Urkunden und andern authentischen Quellen, (German) F. Fleischer, 1843, S. 300 ff.[1]
  2. ^ German monarchy.de (German) Retrieved 22 January 2010
  3. ^ Der Stammbaum seit 1800 from Schloss Sigmaringen website (German) Retrieved 22 January 2010