Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern

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Karl Friedrich
Prince of Hohenzollern
Graf von dem Bergh, Fürst Karl Friedrich von Hohenzollern, Chef Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen.jpg
Head of Hohenzollern
Tenure 16 September 2010 – present
Predecessor Friedrich Wilhelm
Heir-Apparent Alexander
Born (1952-04-20) 20 April 1952 (age 63)
Sigmaringen, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
Spouse Countess Alexandra Schenck von Stauffenberg (m.1985 – div.2010)
Nina de Zomer (m.2010)
Issue Alexander, Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern
Princess Philippa of Hohenzollern
Princess Flaminia of Hohenzollern
Princess Antonia of Hohenzollern
Full name
German: Karl Friedrich Emich Meinrad Benedikt Fidelis Maria Michael Gerold
House House of Hohenzollern
Father Frederick William, Prince of Hohenzollern
Mother Princess Margarita of Leiningen

Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern (born 20 April 1952; Sigmaringen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany) is the eldest son of the late Friedrich Wilhelm, Prince of Hohenzollern and Princess Margarita of Leiningen.[1] He became head of the Princely House of Hohenzollern on his father's death on 16 September 2010.[1]

Education and career[edit]

He is the chairman and sole owner of Unternehmensgruppe Fürst von Hohenzollern (Corporate Group Fürst von Hohenzollern),[1] including real estate and forests with 400 employees, and ownes a 50% share in the Zollern GmbH und Co. KG (steelworks, transmission technics) with 2800 employees.

According to the 1923 constitution of Romania, he is the main candidate for the defunct throne. However, in a 2009 interview, Karl Friedrich, then Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern, stated that he was not interested in the Romanian throne,[2] thus leaving the succession open to his son.

Marriage and children[edit]

He married Countess Alexandra Schenck von Stauffenberg, daughter of Count Clemens Anton Schenck von Stauffenberg (a relative of Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg) and his wife Countess Clementine Elisabeth Wolff-Metternich zur Gracht, on 17 May 1985 in the Beuron Archabbey, Baden-Württemberg. They were divorced on 21 January 2010, in Sigmaringen.[1] They have four children:[1]

On 17 July 2010 Karl Friedrich married for the second time with Katharina (Nina) de Zomer (born 1959), a German photographer.[3] The prince lives at Sigmaringen Castle. He also owns Krauchenwies Castle (residence of his divorced wife), Josefslust hunting lodge and Umkirch Castle.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 20 April 1952 – 6 February 1965: His Serene Highness Prince Karl Friedrich of Hohenzollern.
  • 6 February 1965 – 16 September 2010: His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern.
  • 16 September 2010 – present: His Highness The Prince of Hohenzollern.



  1. ^ a b c d e Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XIX. "Haus Hohenzollern". C.A. Starke Verlag, 2011, pp. 32-33, 260. ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6.
  2. ^ (Romanian) "Karl Friedrich of Hohenzollern: „Radu Duda's Hohenzollern title is a farce“, Cotidianul, 10 June 2009
  3. ^ Hereditary Princess is wearing a white wedding veil – Website Schwäbische Zeitung

External links[edit]

Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern
Cadet branch of the House of Hohenzollern
Born: 20 April 1952

Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Friedrich Wilhelm
Prince of Hohenzollern
16 September 2010 – present