Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover (born 1983)

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Prince Ernst August
2013-11-11 Ausstellung Israel Alter - der letzte Oberkantor von Hannover, (09) Andor Izsák, Büste Siegmund Seligmann, SKH Erbprinz Ernst August von Hannover.jpg
HRH Prince Ernst August (right) and Andor Izsák, Cantor of Hanover, at the Seligmann Foundation for Jewish Music in Hanover, 2013
Born (1983-07-19) 19 July 1983 (age 33)
Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, Germany
Full name
Ernest Augustus Andrew Philip Constantine Maximilian Rolf Stephen Louis Rudolph
German: Ernst August Andreas Philipp Constantin Maximilian Rolf Stephan Ludwig Rudolph
House Hanover
Father Ernst August V
Mother Chantal Hochuli

Prince Ernst August of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (legal name in German: Ernst August Prinz von Hannover Herzog zu Braunschweig und Lüneburg Königlicher Prinz von Großbritannien und Irland[1][2] christened as Ernst August Andreas Philipp Constantin Maximilian Rolf Stephan Ludwig Rudolph; born 19 July 1983) is the elder son and heir apparent of Prince Ernst August of Hanover (pretender of the House of Hanover and the House of Welf) and his former wife Chantal Hochuli.[3]


Ernst August was born in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony. He has a younger brother Christian and a half-sister Alexandra. Ernst August is a male line descendent of George III of Great Britain and a descendent through the female line of Queen Victoria. He is in the line of succession to the British throne.

Ernst August was christened on 15 October 1983 at Marienburg Castle. The prince's godparents are Prince Andreas of Leiningen, Philipp-Ernst, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe, Felipe, Prince of Asturias, Constantine II of Greece, Maximilian, Margrave of Baden, Rolf Sachs, Stephan von Watzdorf, Prince Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover, and Princess Welf Henry of Hanover.

Ernst August attended Malvern College. He studied in New York and lives in London, working in the banking business.[4]

In 2004, his father signed over to him the German property of the Royal House of Hanover, including Marienburg Castle (Hanover) and the agricultural estates of former Calenberg Castle. After the sale of his nearby Calenberg manor house in 2010, the young prince is now using the Princely House (Fürstenhaus) at Herrenhausen Gardens in Hanover as his private residence when in Germany. The elaborate museum in this small palace, built by King George I of Great Britain in 1720, has been closed in 2011. The prince also manages the Austrian property owned by the House of Hanover since it went into exile at Gmunden, Austria, after its dethronement in the Kingdom of Hanover in 1866. A family foundation there still owns the Queen's Villa, Cumberland Wildlife Park, vast forests, a hunting lodge and the mausoleum at Cumberland Castle.

Ernst August and Ralf Meister, Bishop of Hanover (2014)

In 2014, he lent a number of paintings and objects to the Lower Saxony state exhibition When the Royals came from Hanover - The rulers of Hanover on England's throne, an exhibition taking place in five museums and castles, under the protectorate of HRH Charles, Prince of Wales. 30 of more than 1000 items had been contributed by HM The Queen, including the State Crown of George I, while Earnest Augustus provided the king's famous Augsburg silver throne and other furniture of 1720. He is hosting a parallel exhibition, The Way to the Crown, at Marienburg Castle until the end of 2016, showing - among other items - the crown jewels of the Kingdom of Hanover.

Titles, styles, and honours[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 19 July 1983 – 9 December 1987: His Royal Highness Prince Ernst August of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
  • 9 December 1987 – present: His Royal Highness The Hereditary Prince of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg



External links[edit]


  1. ^ In Germany, royal and noble titles were abolished in 1919, thereafter being legally borne as surnames.
  2. ^ Ernst August im HAZ-Interview In der Prinzenrolle - "Unter Nachname steht im Pass „Prinz von Hannover Herzog zu Braunschweig und Lüneburg Königlicher Prinz von Großbritannien und Irland“."]
  3. ^ Opfell, Olga S. "H.R.H. Ernst August, Prince of Hanover Duke of Brunswick and Luneburg Royal House of Hanover (House of Guelph)," Royalty Who Waits: The 21 Heads of Formerly Regnant Houses of Europe. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2001. 42-50.
  4. ^ The Hannover Brothers
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Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover (born 1983)
Cadet branch of the House of Welf
Born: 19 July 1983
Hanoverian royalty
Line of succession to the Hanoverian throne
1st position
Succeeded by
Prince Christian of Hanover
Preceded by
The Prince of Hanover
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Victoria, Princess Royal, daughter of Queen Victoria