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


Louis Ferdinand was born in 1944 in Golzow, Neumark, Province of Brandenburg. 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 perform military service 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 11 July 1977 in Bremen.

Marriage and issue[edit]

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

In 1991, Louis Ferdinand's widow married Duke Friedrich August of Oldenburg. He had divorced two years before from Princess Marie Cécile of Prussia, a sister of Louis Ferdinand.