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Donata
prev, German Crown Princess and Crown Princess of Prussia

Princess of Prussia
Countess of Castell-Rüdenhausen
Duchess Friedrich August of Oldenburg

Spouse Prince Louis Ferdinand Sr of Prussia (m. 1975; d. 1977)
Duke Friedrich August of Oldenburg (m. 1985)
Issue
Georg Friedrich I, German Emperor (b. 1976)
Princess Cornelie-Cecile of Prussia (b. 1978)
Duke Christian August of Oldenburg (b. 1986)
Full name
Donata Emma
House House of Castell-Rüdenhausen (by birth)
House of Hohenzollern (by marriage)
Father Siegfried, 4th Prince of Castell-Rüdenhausen
Mother Countess Irene of Solms-Laubach
Born 20 June 1950 (age 67)
Religion Lutheran

Princess Donata of the German Empire and Dowager Duchess of Oldenburg, (Donata Emma; born 20 June 1950) is the mother of Georg Friedrich I, German Emperor, current head of the Imperial and Royal House of Hohenzollern and his sister Princess Cornelie-Cecile

Biography Edit

Countess Donata was born 20 June 1950 at the Castle of Rüdenhausen, Germany. As the third child and only daughter of Siegfried, 4th Prince of Castell-Rüdenhausen and (1916–2007), head of the Rüdenhausen branch of the House of Castell and his wife Countess Irene of Solms-Laubach (1925-2006).

Donata has seven brothers, two older and five younger:

  • Johann-Friedrich, 5th Prince of Castell-Rüdenhausen (born 27 January 1948 - died 2014)
  • Prince Manto Friedrich of Castell-Rüdenhausen (born 31 January 1949)
  • Prince Christian Friedrich Casimir of Castell-Rüdenhausen (born 8 August 1952)
  • Prince Rupert Friedrich of Castell-Rüdenhausen (born 25 September 1954)
  • Prince Karl Friedrich of Castell-Rüdenhausen (born 21 October 1957)
  • Prince Hermann Friedrich Castell-Rüdenhausen (born 26 June 1963)
  • Prince Matthias Georg Friedrich of Castell-Rüdenhausen (born 13 April 1966)

She and her brothers were raised as Lutherans. After Abitur at Wiesentheider Gymnasium she made an apprenticeship of three years as a nurse at the German Red Cross Hospital in Würzburg

Marriages and Family Edit

First Marriage Edit

On 12 May 1975, Donata became Crown Princess of the German Empire upon her marriage Louis Ferdinand, the heir to the German Empire at St Peter and Paul's Cathedral.

Donata and Louis Ferdinand were parents of two children, a son and daughter:

In May/June 1977, the Crown Prince was involved in a severe accident during military manoeuvres when he was pinned between two vehicles. Although his leg was amputated, he succumbed several weeks later to the trauma and died on 11 July 1977 in Bremen.

Second Marriage Edit

On 9 February 1985, the Dowager Crown Princess married Duke Friedrich August of Oldenburg at the Imperial Abbey. They have one child together, one son:

Grandchildren Edit

Princess Donata has ten grandchildren: