Prince George William of Hanover (1880–1912)

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Prince George William
Hereditary Prince of Hanover
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Born(1880-10-28)28 October 1880
Gmunden, Upper Austria, Austria-Hungary
Died20 May 1912(1912-05-20) (aged 31)
Nackel, Brandenburg, Germany
Full name
George William Christian Albert Edward Alexander Frederick Valdemar Ernest Adolph
German: Georg Wilhelm Christian Albrecht Eduard Alexander Friedrich Waldemar Ernst Adolf[1]
FatherErnest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover
MotherPrincess Thyra of Denmark

George William, Hereditary Prince of Hanover (Georg Wilhelm Christian Albert Edward Alexander Friedrich Waldemar Ernst Adolf Prinz von Hannover;[1] 28 October 1880 – 20 May 1912[1][2]) was the eldest son of Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover (1845–1923) and Princess Thyra of Denmark (1853–1933), the youngest daughter of Christian IX of Denmark (1818–1906) and Louise of Hesse-Kassel (1817–1898). George William was a great-great-grandson of George III of the United Kingdom (1738–1820) and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744–1818).

Personal life[edit]

George William served as Captain of the 42nd Regiment of Austria.[3] He was made an honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order by King George V of the United Kingdom on 8 June 1910.[4] The prince died in a motor accident on 20 May 1912 at age 31 at Nackel, Brandenburg, Germany.[1] He was at the wheel of his car en route to the funeral of his uncle, Frederick VIII of Denmark, when he skidded on a newly laid road surface.[2] At the time of his death, George William was unmarried and left no issue. He was known to his family by the nickname "Plumpy."[1]

Honours and awards[edit]

Military ranks[edit]

  •  Austria-Hungary Leutnant, Infanterie-Regiment "Ernst August, Herzog von Cumberland" Nr. 42, ca. 1900-ca. 1904
  •  Austria-Hungary Oberleutnant, Infanterie-Regiment "Ernst August, Herzog von Cumberland" Nr. 42, (presumed), ca. 1902-1907
  •  Austria-Hungary Hauptmann, Infanterie-Regiment "Ernst August, Herzog von Cumberland" Nr. 42, ca. 1907-1912


References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Darryl Lundy (10 May 2003). "Georg Wilhelm Hanover, Prince of Hanover". Retrieved 21 July 2008.
  2. ^ a b Allan Raymond (24 June 2008). "Hanover Royal Family". Monarchies of Europe website. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2008.
  3. ^ Bortrick, William. "Kings of Great Britain - George III (1760 - 1820)". Burke's Peerage and Gentry. Archived from the original on 7 February 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ a b "Chancery of the Royal Victorian Order". The London Gazette. No. 28383. 10 June 1910. p. 4075.
  5. ^ Despite the fact that the Kingdom of Hanover's Merit Medal (1846-1878) ceased being awarded before Prince George William was born (1880), there are photographs of him in Austria-Hungary K.u.K. uniform in 1900 and 1907 that show him wearing this medal behind Royal Guelphic Order and Order of Ernst August knight's crosses (in lieu of Grand Cross breast stars), over an Order of St. George breast star.