Princess Friederike of Hanover

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Princess Friederike
Princess Friederike, Mrs. Jerry Cyr
Born (1954-10-15) 15 October 1954 (age 63)
Salem, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Spouse Jerry William Cyr (m. 1979)
Issue Julia Emma Cyr
Jean-Paul Welf Cyr
Full name
German: Friederike Elisabeth Viktoria-Luise Alice Olga Theodora Helena
Father Prince George William of Hanover
Mother Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark

Princess Friederike of Hanover (born 15 October 1954 at Salem, Baden-Württemberg, Germany) is a member of the Royal House of Hanover. She is a niece of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Full name[edit]

The full name of the princess in German is Friederike Elisabeth Viktoria-Luise Alice Olga Theodora Helena, Prinzessin von Hannover, Prinzessin von Großbritannien und Irland, Herzogin zu Braunschweig-Lüneburg.[1][2][3][4]

Family[edit]

Princess Friederike is the youngest child and only daughter of Prince George William of Hanover and his wife Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark. Her father, George William, was the second son of Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick, who had been the last reigning Duke of Brunswick, the pretender to the throne of Hanover and the seniormost male-line descendant of King George III of the United Kingdom. Her mother, Sophie, was born a princess of Greece and Denmark, being the daughter of Prince Andrew of Greece, himself the son of King George I of Greece.

Princess Friederike is closely related to the royalty of several countries. Her mother's brother is Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, making Fredericke a niece of Queen Elizabeth II, who is indeed her Godmother. Her father's sister was Queen Frederica of Greece, making Fredericke the first cousin of King Constantine II of Greece and Queen Sofia of Spain. Fredericke is a descendent of Queen Victoria, King Christian IX of Denmark, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Tsar Nicholas I of Russia, and is thus linked in some way to nearly every royal family in Europe.

Early life[edit]

She attended Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada in the late 1970s.[5]

Prior to her marriage and move to Canada, Friederike was often mentioned in media reports as a potential bride for Charles, Prince of Wales.[5][3]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Friederike married Jerry William Cyr (born 16 January 1951), son of Gordon Paul Cyr and Emma Grandbois, on 17 August 1979 in Vancouver, Canada. Frederike and Jerry have two children:

  • Julia Emma Cyr (born 17 September 1982 at St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
  • Jean-Paul Welf Cyr (born 6 March 1985 at Grace Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 15 October 1954 – 17 August 1979: Her Royal Highness[2][3][4] Princess Friederike of Hanover
  • 17 August 1979 – present: Her Royal Highness Princess Friederike of Hanover, Mrs. Jerry Cyr

References[edit]

  1. ^ In 1919 royalty and nobility were mandated to lose their privileges in Germany, hereditary titles were to be legally borne thereafter only as part of the surname, according to Article 109 of the Weimar Constitution. Styles such as majesty and highness were not retained.
  2. ^ a b Montgomery-Massinberd, Hugh (1972). Burke's Guide to the Royal Family. London: Burke's Peerage, Ltd. p. 290. ISBN 0-220-66222-3. 
  3. ^ a b c Eilers, Marlene. Queen Victoria's Descendants. Rosvall Royal Books, Falkoping, Sweden, 1997. p. 129. ISBN 91-630-5964-9
  4. ^ a b de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, pp. 60-62, 71. (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  5. ^ a b Princess in hiding in B.C. a bride for Prince Charles?

Ancestry[edit]