William, Prince of Wied

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Prince of Wied
Born(1845-08-22)22 August 1845
Neuwied, Duchy of Nassau
Died22 October 1907(1907-10-22) (aged 62)
Neuwied, Kingdom of Prussia
SpousePrincess Marie of the Netherlands
IssueFriedrich, Prince of Wied
Prince Alexander
Wilhelm, Prince of Albania
Prince Victor
Princess Louise
Princess Elisabeth
German: Wilhelm Adolph Maximilian Carl
FatherHermann, Prince of Wied
MotherPrincess 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 army 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. By birth he was a member of the House of Wied.

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 (1779-1836) and Princess Sophie Auguste of Solms-Braunfels (1796-1855), 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 his 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.


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.


Prince William with his family, c. 1890.

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:


He received the following orders and decorations:[1]


Notes and sources[edit]


  1. ^ Handbuch über den Königlich Preußischen Hof und Staat (1905), Herrenhaus p. 210
  2. ^ a b c d "Königlich Preussische Ordensliste", Preussische Ordens-Liste (in German), Berlin, 1: 24, 553, 933, 1051, 1886 – via hathitrust.org
  3. ^ "Rother Adler-orden", Königlich Preussische Ordensliste (supp.) (in German), vol. 1, Berlin, 1886, p. 7 – via hathitrust.org{{citation}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  4. ^ a b Königlich Preussische Ordensliste (in German), Berlin, 1895, pp. 5, 139, hdl:2027/mdp.39015025921423{{citation}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  5. ^ Staatshandbücher für das Herzogtum Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (1890), "Herzogliche Sachsen-Ernestinischer Hausorden" p. 45
  6. ^ "Militaire Willems-Orde: Wied, Wilhelm Adolph Maximilian Karl Fürst zu" [Military William Order: Wied, William Adolphus Maximilian Charles Prince of]. Ministerie van Defensie (in Dutch). 31 August 1878. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  7. ^ Staatshandbuch für das Großherzogtum Sachsen / Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach (1900), "Großherzogliche Hausorden" p. 44
  8. ^ Norges Statskalender (in Norwegian), 1890, pp. 593–594, retrieved 6 January 2018 – via runeberg.org
  9. ^ Sveriges Statskalender (in Swedish), 1905, p. 440, retrieved 6 January 2018 – via runeberg.org
  10. ^ Shaw, Wm. A. (1906) The Knights of England, I, London, p. 428
  11. ^ "Königliche Orden", Hof- und Staats-Handbuch des Königreich Württemberg, Stuttgart: Landesamt, 1907, p. 49
William, Prince of Wied
Cadet branch of the House of Wied
Born: 22 August 1845 Died: 22 October 1907
German nobility
Preceded by Prince of Wied
Succeeded by