Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern
|Prince Johann Georg|
|Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern|
Princess Birgitta and the bridegroom Johan Georg von Hohenzollern during the wedding ceremony
31 July 1932|
Schloss Sigmaringen, Sigmaringen, Province of Hohenzollern, Germany
|Died||2 March 2016
|Spouse||Princess Birgitta of Sweden (m. 1961)|
|Issue||Prince Carl Christian
|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.
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.
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. They celebrated their golden wedding in 2011.
Johann Georg and Birgitta's marriage produced three children:
- HSH Prince Carl Christian of Hohenzollern (b. 5 April 1962 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany), married Nicole Helene Neschitsch (b. 22 January 1968 in Munich). They have one son.
- HSH Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern (b. 27 November 1963 in Munich); married firstly Heinrich Franz Josef Georg Maria, Hereditary Count of Ortenburg (b. Bamberg 1956); three children; divorced in 2002. Married secondly Eckbert von Bohlen und Halbach (b. 1956).
- HSH Prince Hubertus of Hohenzollern (b. 10 June 1966 in Munich), married Uta Maria König (b. Trier 25 February 1964).
A patron of the arts, his 75th birthday was celebrated with a special concert in Munich.
Titles, styles and honours
- 31 July 1932 - 2 March 2016: His Serene Highnness Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern
National dynastic honours
- House of Hohenzollern: Knight Grand Cross with Chain of the Princely House Order of Hohenzollern
- Germany: Officer of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
- France: Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, 1st Class
- Castroan Royal Family of Two Sicilies: Knight Grand Cross of Justice of the Two Sicilian Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
- Sweden: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Seraphim
- Sweden: Recipient of the Wedding Medal of Crown Princess Victoria to Daniel Westling
- "Royal wedding guest list published". Retrieved 3 March 2016.
- "Johann Georg Prinz von Hohenzollern S.D.". Businessweek.com. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
- , Johann Georg wearing National, National dynastic and Swedish honours
- , Johann Georg wearing the Seraphim and Hohenzollern Stars
- Trond Norén Isaksen. "Trond Norén Isaksen". Retrieved 3 March 2016.
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