Prince Frederick of Prussia (1911–1966)
|Prince Frederick of Prussia|
|"Count von Lingen"|
The Crown Princess presents her fourth son Frederick, 1911
|Born||19 December 1911
|Died||20 April 1966
|Burial||11 May 1966
Hohenzollern Castle, Wurttemberg-Hohenzollern, Germany
|Spouse||Lady Brigid Guinness
(m. 1945; his death 1966)
Princess Victoria Marina, Mrs. Achache
Princess Antonia, Duchess of Wellington
|Father||Wilhelm, German Crown Prince|
|Mother||Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin|
|House of Hohenzollern|
Prince Frederick of Prussia (German: Prinz Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Christoph von Preußen; 19 December 1911 – 20 April 1966), also known as "Mr. Friedrich von Preussen" in England, was the fourth son of Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany and Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
- Prince Frederick Nicholas (born 3 May 1946) married non-dynastically, Hon. Victoria Lucinda Mancroft (born 7 March 1952, daughter of Stormont Mancroft, 2nd Baron Mancroft) on 27 February 1980 in London and has issue:
- Beatrice von Preussen (born 10 February 1981)
- Florence von Preussen (born 28 July 1983) married Hon. James Tollemache (son of Timothy Tollemache, 5th Baron Tollemache) on 10 May 2014, and has issue:
- Sylvie Beatrice Selina Tollemache (born 2 March 2016)
- Augusta von Preussen (born 15 December 1986) married Caspar Helmore on 19 September 2015
- Frederick von Preussen (born 11 June 1990)
- Prince Andreas (born 14 November 1947) married non-dynastically, Alexandra Blahova (born 28 December 1947) on 2 January 1979, and has issue:
- Tatiana von Preussen (born 16 October 1980)
- Frederick von Preussen (born 15 November 1984)
- Princess Victoria Marina (born 22 February 1952) married Philippe Alphonse Achache (born 25 March 1945) on 3 May 1976, and has issue.
- Prince Rupert (born 28 April 1955) married non-dynastically, Ziba Rastegar-Javaheri (born 12 December 1954, into a family of wealthy Iranian industrialists) on 5 January 1982 in London, and has issue:
- Brigid von Preussen (born 24 December 1983)
- Astrid von Preussen (born 16 April 1985)
- Princess Antonia (born 28 April 1955) who married Charles Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington on 3 February 1977 at St. Paul's Church, London, and has issue.
Studies in England, then internment
He was studying at Cambridge, living incognito under the name of Count von Lingen, when war broke out in September 1939. He was arrested and interned in May 1940. He was held in England for several months, then sent to internment camps near Quebec City and, soon afterwards, Farnham, Quebec. In both camps, he was elected camp leader by fellow inmates.
British naturalisation in 1947
He renounced his German citizenship in 1947 and hence relinquished his place in the line of succession to the former German throne. Being a descendant of Sophia of Hanover, and having rights under the Act of Settlement 1701, as amended by the Sophia Naturalisation Act 1705, he was naturalised as a British citizen in October 1947 under the name Mr. Friedrich von Preussen (having also been known during residence in the UK as "George Mansfield"). This naturalization was controversial to some, and his status and a subsequent claim for compensation was debated in Parliament and the law courts until 1961. In the period 1917-32, it was settled that a person who had a foreign title would normally undertake to relinquish it before he/she could receive a certificate of British naturalization, and no exception was made in the case of Mr. Friedrich von Preussen.
He was the owner of Reinhartshausen Castle at Erbach, Germany. While staying there in 1966, he went missing and was found two weeks later, having drowned in the Rhine, whether suicidally or accidentally could not be determined.
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