Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia (1944–1977)

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Prince Louis Ferdinand
Grabstelle Louis Ferdinand Prinz von Preussen.jpg
Grave of Louis Ferdinand, Fischerhude graveyard, Ottersberg
Born (1944-08-25)25 August 1944
Golzow, Neumark, Province of Brandenburg
Died 11 July 1977(1977-07-11) (aged 32)
Burial Fischerhude graveyard, Ottersberg
Spouse Countess Donata of Castell-Rüdenhausen
Issue Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia
Princess Cornelie-Cécile
House Hohenzollern
Father Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia
Mother Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia

Prince Louis Ferdinand Oskar Christian of Prussia (25 August 1944 – 11 July 1977) (German: Louis Ferdinand Oskar Christian Prinz von Preußen),[1] also called Louis Ferdinand II, or Louis Ferdinand Jr., nicknamed "Lulu", was the fifth of seven children of Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia and his wife Grand Duchess Kira of Russia and a member of the House of Hohenzollern.

Louis Ferdinand was born in 1944 in Golzow, Neumark, Province of Brandenburg, and in 1967 he volunteered to serve in the West German Army (Bundeswehr) with the goal of becoming a reserve officer. In 1972 he started an apprenticeship at a bank and continued to serve his military duties on a regular basis. In 1977 he was involved in a severe accident during military maneuvers when he was pinned between two vehicles. Although his leg was amputated, he succumbed several weeks later to the trauma and died on July 11, 1977 in Bremen.

On 24 May 1975, Louis Ferdinand married Donata Countess of Castell-Rüdenhausen (21 June 1950 - 5 September 2015).[1] They had two children: Prince Georg Friedrich Ferdinand of Prussia (born June 10, 1976) and Princess Cornelie-Cécile Viktoria Luise of Prussia (born posthumously on January 30, 1978); she was born developmentally disabled.

His widow went on to marry Duke Friedrich August of Oldenburg, who had divorced two years before from Princess Marie Cécile of Prussia, who was in turn a sister of Louis Ferdinand.