William, Prince of Wied

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William
Prince of Wied
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William, Prince of Wied
Born (1845-08-22)22 August 1845
Neuwied, Duchy of Nassau
Died 22 October 1907(1907-10-22) (aged 62)
Neuwied, Kingdom of Prussia
Spouse Princess Marie of the Netherlands
Issue William Frederick, Prince of Wied
Prince Alexander
William, Prince of Albania
Prince Victor
Princess Louise
Princess Elisabeth
Full name
German: Wilhelm Adolph Maximilian Carl
House House of Wied-Neuwied
Father Hermann, Prince of Wied
Mother Princess Marie of Nassau

William V, Prince of Wied (German: Wilhelm Adolph Maximilian Karl Fürst von Wied; 22 August 1845 – 22 October 1907) was a German officer and politician, elder son of Hermann, Prince of Wied. He was the father of William, Prince of Albania and brother of Queen Elisabeth of Romania.

Early life[edit]

William was the second child and first son of Hermann, Prince of Wied (1814–1864), son of Johann August Karl, Prince of Wied and Princess Sophie Auguste of Solms-Braunfels, and his wife, Princess Marie of Nassau (1825–1902), daughter of William, Duke of Nassau and his first wife Princess Louise of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Through her mother he was descendant of William IV stadtholder of the Netherlands and George II of Great Britain.

Military career[edit]

During the Austro-Prussian War in 1866, he was a lieutenant general staff of the 2nd Army. During 1870-71 he attended Franco-Prussian War.

Between 1893 and 1897 he was the Imperial commissioner and military Chief of volunteer nurses in the army. In 1893 he was appointed as General of Infantry à la suite.

Politics[edit]

Politically, William was a supporter of colonial policy. Between 1891 and 1892 he was chairman of the German anti-slavery committees. This funded include expeditions to unexplored areas in Africa. Since 1897, he was a member of the Colonial Council. William was co-founder and from 1898 to 1901 President of the Navy League.

Between 1875 and 1886 he was Marshal of Rhine Province parliament. He was from 1888 to 1894 and from 1899 to 1901 Chairman of the Rhine Province parliament. Since 1878, he was a member of the Prussian House of Lords. Which he was president from 1897 to 1904.

Marriage[edit]

William with his family

William married on 18 July 1871 in Wassenaar, Princess Marie of the Netherlands (1841–1910), younger daughter of Prince Frederick of the Netherlands (1792–1839) second son of William I of the Netherlands, and his wife, Princess Louise of Prussia (1808–1870), daughter of Frederick William III of Prussia.

They had six children:

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 22 August 1845 – 5 March 1864: His Serene Highness Prince William of Wied
  • 5 March 1864 – 22 October 1907: His Serene Highness The Prince of Wied

Ancestry[edit]

Notes and sources[edit]

William, Prince of Wied
Cadet branch of the House of Wied
Born: 22 August 1845 Died: 22 October 1907
German nobility
Preceded by
Hermann
Prince of Wied
1864–1907
Succeeded by
William Frederick