Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern

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Prince Johann Georg
Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern
Wedding of Princess Birgitta and Johan Georg von Hohenzollern 1961 004.jpg
Princess Birgitta and the bridegroom Johan Georg von Hohenzollern during the wedding ceremony
Born (1932-07-31)31 July 1932
Schloss Sigmaringen, Sigmaringen, Province of Hohenzollern, Germany
Died 2 March 2016(2016-03-02) (aged 83)
Munich, Germany
Spouse Princess Birgitta of Sweden (m. 1961)
Issue Prince Carl Christian
Princess Désirée
Prince Hubertus
Full name
German: Johann Georg Carl Leopold Eitel-Friedrich Meinrad Maria Hubertus Michael
House Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Father Frederick, Prince of Hohenzollern
Mother Princess Margarete Karola of Saxony

Johann Georg, Prince von Hohenzollern (Johann Georg Carl Leopold Eitel-Friedrich Meinrad Maria Hubertus Michael; 31 July 1932 – 2 March 2016) was a German prince, and through his marriage to Princess Birgitta of Sweden, was brother-in-law of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Prince Johann Georg was the sixth child of Frederick, Prince of Hohenzollern (Heiligendamm 30 August 1891 – Krauchenwies 6 February 1965) and his wife Princess Margarete Karola of Saxony (Dresden 24 January 1900 – Freiburg im Breisgau 16 October 1962).



The House of Hohenzollern also produced rulers of the Kingdom of Romania. King Carol I of Romania was the first king of Romania born as a Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. He was followed by his nephew Ferdinand I of Romania (1865–1927), who was adopted as heir in 1889 by his uncle and succeeded as King in 1914 upon his uncle's death. Ferdinand became the father of King Carol II of Romania and grandfather of Michael I of Romania, the current head of the Royal Family of Romania.

Johann Georg, known as "Hansi", had six siblings:

  • Benedikta, who married Heinrich count of Waldburg zu Wolfegg und Waldsee;
  • Maria Aldegunde, married to Werner Hess;
  • Maria Theresia;
  • Friedrich Wilhem, the Fürst von Hohenzollern who married Princess Margarita of Leiningen;
  • Franz Joseph who married first Princess Maria Ferdinande von Thurn und Taxis and second Princess Diane of Bourbon-Parma;
  • Prince Ferfied, married to Maja Meinert.


Johann Georg met Princess Birgitta of Sweden, the sister of the current King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf in 1959 at a cocktail party while visiting friends and relatives in Germany.

On 15 December 1960, their engagement was announced by the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The civil marriage ceremony took place at the Royal Palace of Stockholm on 25 May 1961, and the religious wedding in the Sankt Johann Church at the bridegroom's family palace of Sigmaringen on 30 May/31 July 1961.[1]

Johann Georg and Birgitta separated in 1990, though they remained legally married and attended Swedish royal family events together, including the 2010 wedding of Crown Princess Victoria.[2] They celebrated their golden wedding in 2011.[1]


Johann Georg and Birgitta's marriage produced three children:


Johann Georg lived in Grünwald, Munich and was a fine art expert.

From 1992 to 1998 he served as Director General of the Bavarian State Picture Collection and was also a director of the Hypo-Kunsthalle of the Hypo Cultural Foundation.

He served as a Member of Advisory Board - Europe at Christie's International plc.[3]

A patron of the arts, his 75th birthday was celebrated with a special concert in Munich.[4]

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  • 31 July 1932 - 2 March 2016: His Serene Highnness Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern


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