Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern

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His Highness
The Prince of Hohenzollern
Karl Friedrich in 2012
Prince of Hohenzollern
Tenure 16 September 2010 – present
Predecessor Friedrich Wilhelm
Heir apparent Alexander
Born (1952-04-20) 20 April 1952 (age 72)
Sigmaringen, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
Spouse Countess Alexandra Schenck von Stauffenberg
Katharina Maria de Zomer
Issue Alexander, Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern
Princess Philippa
Princess Flaminia
Princess Antonia
Full name
Karl Friedrich Emich Meinrad Benedikt Fidelis Maria Michael Gerold
House Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Father Friedrich Wilhelm, Prince of Hohenzollern
Mother Princess Margarita of Leiningen

Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern (given names: Karl Friedrich Emich Meinrad Benedikt Fidelis Maria Michael Gerold;born 20 April 1952) is the eldest son of the late Friedrich Wilhelm, Prince of Hohenzollern and Princess Margarita of Leiningen.[1] He became head of the House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, which is the Roman Catholic Swabian branch of the House of Hohenzollern, upon his father's death on 16 September 2010.[1] Since 2017 he has been the constitutional heir to the Romanian throne in accordance with the 1938 Constitution of Romania, the countries last royal constitution.

Education and career[edit]

Karl Friedrich studied business administration at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

He is the chairman and sole owner of Unternehmensgruppe Fürst von Hohenzollern (Corporate Group Prince of Hohenzollern),[1] including real estate and forests with 400 employees, and owns a 50% share in the Zollern GmbH und Co. KG (steelworks, transmission technics) with 2800 employees. The Prince himself is voice, saxophonist and leader of the music band Royal Groovin'.

He has been a member of the Advisory Board of Südwestbank, a member of the Advisory Board of Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) since 2007 and a member of the Southwest Regional Advisory Board of Commerzbank since 2008.[2][3]

According to the suspended 1938 Constitution of Romania, Karl Friedrich is heir to the throne since 2017, upon the death of former King Michael. However, in a 2009 interview, he stated that he had no interest in the defunct Romanian throne.[4]

Marriage and children[edit]

Karl Friedrich married Countess Alexandra Schenk von Stauffenberg on 17 May 1985 in the Beuron Archabbey, Baden-Württemberg. They were divorced on 21 January 2010, in Sigmaringen.[1] They have four children:[1]

  • Alexander Friedrich Antonius Johannes, Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern (b. 16 March 1987) married in November 2021 American-born Michelle Vincentia Keith
  • Princess Philippa Marie Carolina Isabelle of Hohenzollern (b. 2 November 1988)
  • Princess Flaminia Pia Eilika Stephanie of Hohenzollern (b. 9 January 1992), married Baron Károly von Stipsicz de Ternova (b. 13 June 1990) on 26 June 2021 at Sigmaringen Castle
  • Princess Antonia Elisabeth Georgina Tatiana of Hohenzollern (b. 22 June 1995)

On 17 July 2010, Karl Friedrich married for the second time with Katharina Maria "Nina" de Zomer (born 1959).

Residences[edit]

Karl Friedrich lives on his hunting estate Josefslust House, whereas the nearby hunting lodge is used by his brother Albrecht (born 1954) and the nearby Krauchenwies estate by his ex-wife, Princess Alexandra. Furthermore, he owns Umkirch Castle and, as head of the princely Sigmaringen branch of the house of Hohenzollern, has a one-third ownership share in Hohenzollern Castle, together with the head of the royal branch, Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia.

He has his offices at Sigmaringen Castle which is also open to the public and is used for family weddings and other ceremonial occasions.

Titles and styles[edit]

20 April 1952-16 September 2010 His Highness The Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern

  • 16 September 2010-Present: His Highness The Prince of Hohenzollern[5]

Ancestry[edit]

Discography[edit]

  • Jive and Candies (2003, Charly and the Jivemates)[6]
  • Jump for Joy (2007, Charly and the Jivemates)[7]
  • Just Friends (2010, with Frieder Berlin Trio)[8]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XIX. "Haus Hohenzollern". C.A. Starke Verlag, 2011, pp. 32-33, 260. ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6.
  2. "Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg Advisory Board". Archived from the original on 14 June 2011.
  3. "Commerzbank: Geschaeftsbericht 2008". Archived from the original on 17 February 2015.
  4. (in Romanian) "Karl Friedrich of Hohenzollern: "Radu Duda's Hohenzollern title is a farce" Archived 12 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Cotidianul, 10 June 2009
  5. "WELCOME".
  6. "SATIN DOLL PRODUCTIONS - Charly and the Jivemates: Jive and Candies". www.satindoll.de.
  7. "SATIN DOLL PRODUCTIONS - Charly and the Jivemates: Jump For Joy (K.F. von Hohenzollern, Rettenmaier, Berlin, Müller, Schmidt, Gerhold)". www.satindoll.de.
  8. "SATIN DOLL PRODUCTIONS - Karl Friedrich von Hohenzollern & Frieder Berlin Trio: Just Friends - (Hohenzollern, Berlin, Schuller, Schmidt)". www.satindoll.de.

Religion: Catholic

External links[edit]

Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern
Born: 20 April 1952
Preceded by Prince of Hohenzollern
16 September 2010 – present
Incumbent
Heir:
Alexander, Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern
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