William, Prince of Hohenzollern
|Prince of Hohenzollern|
|Head of the Princely House of Hohenzollern|
|Born||7 March 1864|
Schloss Benrath, near Düsseldorf, Rhine Province, Prussia
|Died||22 October 1927 (aged 63)|
Sigmaringen, Province of Hohenzollern, Germany
Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
(m. 1889; died 1909)
Princess Adelgunde of Bavaria
|Issue||Augusta Victoria, Queen of Portugal|
Frederick, Prince of Hohenzollern
Francis Joseph, Prince of Hohenzollern-Emden
|Father||Leopold, Prince of Hohenzollern|
|Mother||Infanta Antónia of Portugal|
William, Prince of Hohenzollern (German: Wilhelm August Karl Joseph Peter Ferdinand Benedikt Fürst von Hohenzollern) (7 March 1864 in Schloss Benrath, near Düsseldorf – 22 October 1927 in Sigmaringen) was the eldest son of Leopold, Prince of Hohenzollern and Infanta Antónia of Portugal.
William was an older brother of Ferdinand of Romania. His maternal first cousins included (among others) Carlos I of Portugal, Infante Afonso, Duke of Porto, Frederick Augustus III of Saxony, and Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony.
On 27 June 1889, William married Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. Her parents were Prince Louis, Count of Trani and Mathilde Ludovika, Duchess in Bavaria. Louis was the eldest son of Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies and his second wife Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria. Mathilde was the fourth daughter of Maximilian, Duke in Bavaria and Princess Ludovika of Bavaria. William and Maria Teresa had three children:
- Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern (19 August 1890 – 29 August 1966). Married first Manuel II of Portugal and secondly Robert, Count Douglas.
- Prince Frederick Victor of Hohenzollern (30 August 1891 – 6 February 1965). Married Princess Margarete Karola of Saxony. She was a daughter of Frederick Augustus III of Saxony and Archduchess Luise, Princess of Tuscany.
- Prince Francis Joseph of Hohenzollern, adopted the title Prince of Hohenzollern-Emden (30 August 1891 – 3 April 1964). He married Princess Maria Alix of Saxony, also a daughter of Frederick Augustus III of Saxony and Archduchess Luise, Princess of Tuscany.
William succeeded his father as Prince of Hohenzollern on 8 June 1905. Maria Teresa died on 1 May 1909.
Having become familiar with the situation in Romania, the 22-year-old William renounced all rights to the succession of the kingdom (since 1881) of Romania by a letter in French dated on 20 December 1886.
Titles, styles and honours
Titles and styles
- 7 March 1864 – 3 September 1869: His Serene Highness Prince William of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
- 3 September 1869 – 2 June 1885: His Serene Highness Prince William of Hohenzollern
- 2 June 1885 – 8 June 1905: His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern
- 8 June 1905 – 23 September 1910: His Highness The Prince of Hohenzollern
- 23 September 1910 – 22 October 1927: His Royal Highness The Prince of Hohenzollern
- German decorations
- Order of the Black Eagle, Knight with Collar
- Order of the Red Eagle, Grand Cross
- Royal House Order of Hohenzollern, Grand Commander
- Iron Cross, 1st Class
- Military Honor Medal
- Red Cross Medal, 1st Class in Gold
- Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen: Princely House Order of Hohenzollern, Cross of Honour 1st Class with Swords
- Order of Henry the Lion, Grand Cross
- War Service Cross
- Ernestine duchies:
- Hesse and by Rhine:
- Oldenburg: House Merit Order of Duke Peter Friedrich Ludwig, Grand Cross with Golden Chain and Crown
- Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach: Order of the White Falcon, Grand Cross
- Saxony: Order of the Rue Crown, Knight
- Württemberg: Order of the Württemberg Crown, Grand Cross with Swords
- Foreign decorations
- Belgium: Royal Order of Leopold, Grand Cordon
- Principality of Bulgaria: Order of St. Alexander, Grand Cross
- Kingdom of Greece: Order of the Redeemer, Grand Cross
- Kingdom of Italy: Order of the Annunciation, Knight
- Ottoman Empire: Order of the Medjidie, 1st Class
- Kingdom of Portugal:
- Kingdom of Romania:
- Russian Empire: Order of St. Andrew the Apostle the First-Called, Knight
- Tunisia: Order of Glory, Grand Cross
- United Kingdom: Venerable Order of St. John, Bailiff Grand Cross (expelled in 1915)
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|Ancestors of William, Prince of Hohenzollern|
- Lundy, Darryl (10 May 2003). "Wilhelm Fürst von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen". thePeerage.com. Retrieved 2008-12-28.[unreliable source]
- Paul Theroff. "HOHENZOLLERN". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
- Renunciation letter of Guillaume de Hohenzollern, in French, dated on 20 December 1886
- (in French) Gheorghe Bengescu (1907)- Bibliographie franco-roumaine depuis le commencement du XIXe siècle jusqu'à nos jours.
- Renunciation letter of Leopold de Hohenzollern, in French, dated on 22 November 1880"
- Handbuch über den Königlich Preußischen Hof und Staat (1918), Genealogy p.6
- Justus Perthes, Almanach de Gotha 1922 (1922) p. 77
- Handbuch über den Königlich Preussischen Hof und Staat, 1908, p. 5
- "The Book of Kings: A Royal Genealogy" by C. Arnold McNaughton.
William, Prince of Hohenzollern
Cadet branch of the House of HohenzollernBorn: 7 March 1864 Died: 22 October 1927
| Prince of Hohenzollern
8 June 1905 – 22 October 1927