Prince Sigismund of Prussia (1896–1978)

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This article is about the Prince Sigismund born in 1896. For his uncle of the same name born in 1864, see Prince Sigismund of Prussia (1864–1866).
Prince Sigismund
Prince Sigismund of Prussia
Prince Sigismund of Prussia.jpg
Born (1896-11-27)27 November 1896
Kiel, Germany
Died 14 November 1978(1978-11-14) (aged 81)
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Spouse Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Altenburg (m. 1919)
Issue Barbara, Duchess Christian Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Prince Alfred
Full name
Wilhelm Viktor Karl August Heinrich Sigismund
House Hohenzollern
Father Prince Henry of Prussia
Mother Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine
Prussian royalty
House of Hohenzollern
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Frederick III
Wilhelm II
Charlotte, Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen
Prince Henry
Prince Sigismund
Princess Viktoria
Prince Waldemar
Sophia, Queen of the Hellenes
Margaret, Landgravine of Hesse-Kassel
Prince Waldemar
Prince Sigismund
Prince Heinrich
Great Grandchildren
Princess Barbara
Prince Alfred

Prince Sigismund of Prussia (Wilhelm Viktor Karl August Heinrich Sigismund; 27 November 1896 at Kiel – 14 November 1978 at Puntarenas, Costa Rica), was the second son of Prince Henry of Prussia and his wife, Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine.[1] He was a nephew of Kaiser Wilhelm II and Tsarina Alexandra of Russia and a great-grandson of Queen Victoria through both his parents.[1]


Sigismund with his older brother and their parents.

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 11 July 1919 at Hemmelmark, he married Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Altenburg (4 March 1899 – 16 February 1989), eldest daughter of Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg. They had two children:[2][1]

  • Princess Barbara of Prussia (2 August 1920 – 31 May 1994) married 5 July 1954 Duke Christian Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and had issue:
    • Duchess Donata of Mecklenburg (b. 11 March 1956) married 14 August 1987 Alexander von Solodkoff (b. 1951) and had issue:
      • Thyra von Solodkoff (b. 12 October 1989)
      • Alix von Solodkoff (b. 17 March 1992)
      • Niklot von Solodkoff (b. 8 December 1994)
    • Duchess Edwina of Mecklenburg (b. 25 September 1960) married 20 September 1995 Konrad von Posern (b. 1964) and had issue:
      • Leopold von Posern (b. 27 February 1996)
      • Friedrich von Posern (b. 14 June 1997)
      • Ferdinand von Posern (b. 19 June 1999)
  • Prince Alfred of Prussia (17 August 1924 - 5 June 2013) married 15 December 1984 Maritza Farkas (6 August 1929 – 1 November 1996), no issue.

Costa Rica[edit]

In 1927, Prince Sigismund and his family resettled in Costa Rica.[3] He planned to engage in banana and coffee planting on land he owned there. They were accompanied by only a governess, as the children were still young.[3]

Sigismund died in Puntarenas on 14 November 1978.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Eilers, Marlene. Queen Victoria's Descendants. Rosvall Royal Books, Falkoping, Sweden, 1997. pp. 27-28, 131, 173. ISBN 91-630-5964-9
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b "Prussian Prince Moves to Costa Rica", The New York Times, Colon, 22 December 1927