16 September 2010

Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Hohenzollern has died

Schwäbische Zeitung reported today, 16 September 2010, that Prince Friedrich Wilhelm, head of the House of Hohenzollern(-Sigmaringen), had died earlier the same day, 86 years old. The headship has been inherited by his eldest son, Prince Karl Friedrich, b. 1952.

Prince Friedrich Wilhelm Ferdinand Joseph Maria Manuel Georg Meinrad Fidelis Benedikt Michael Hubert, who according to the Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels was "Fürst von Hohenzollern, Burggraf von Nürnberg, Graf zu Sigmaringen u. Veringen, Graf zu Berg, Herr zu Haigerloch u. Wehstein usw.", was born at Umkirch Palace on 3 February 1924 as the eldest son of Prince Friedrich of Hohenzollern (1891-1965) and Princess Margarete, née Princess of Saxony (1900-1962). The prince married in 1951 Princess Margarita of Leiningen (1932-1996), daughter of Prince Karl of Leiningen (1898-1946) and Princess Marie, née Grand Princess of Russia (1907-1951), and had 3 sons by her - Karl Friedrich, Albrecht and Ferdinand, as well as 9 grandchildren.

Prince Friedrich Wilhelm was for many years in charge of Unternehmensgruppe Fürst von Hohenzollern, a large business enterprise which is among others involved in construction and carpentry, forestry, tourism and investment. The enterprise has 3000 employees and an annual turnover of 600 Million Euros.

The funeral service will take place in Hedinger Kirche (Church) in Sigmaringen on Thursday 23 September followed by interment in the family crypt. A condolence protocol will be available at Sigmaringen Palace on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st of September.

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