|Georg Friedrich and Sophie on their wedding day, 30 August 2011|
|Reign||26 September 1994 – present (22 years, 330 days)|
|Coronation||26 September 1995|
|Predecessor||Louis Ferdinand I, German Emperor|
|Heir apparent||Wilhelm Ferdinand, Crown Prince of Prussia|
|Spouse|| Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria (m. 1997. div. 2007) |
Sophie, Queen Consort of Prussia (m. 2011)
| Wilhelm Ferdinand, Crown Prince of Prussia |
Princess Victoria Marie of Prussia
Prince Christian Alexander of Prussia
Prince Carl Friedrich of Prussia
Prince Louis Ferdinand Jr of Prussia
Princess Emma Marie of Prussia
Prince Heinrich of Prussia
|Georg Friedrich Ferdinand|
|House||House of Hohenzollern|
|Father||Prince Louis Ferdinand Sr of Prussia|
|Mother||Donata, Countess of Castell-Rüdenhausen|
|Born|| 10 June 1975 (age 40) |
|Religion||Lutheranism (Church of Prussia)|
HM Georg Friedrich I, German Emperor and King of Prussia(Georg Friedrich Ferdinand: born 10 June 1976) is the eldest child and only son of the late Prince Louis Ferdinand Sr of Prussia and Donata, Countess of Castell-Rüdenhausen. He is the current Head of the House of Hohenzollern.
Georg Friedrich has been the Head of the House of Hohenzollern since 26 September 1994, when he ascended the throne upon the death of his grandfather, Louis Ferdinand I, German Emperor
Early Life Edit
Prince Georg Friedrich was born on 10 June 1976, in Bremen, Prussia, as the eldest child and only son of Prince Louis Ferdinand II of Prussia and Countess Donata of Castell-Rüdenhausen. In 1977, when Georg Friedrich was just one year old his father, Louis Ferdinand was severely injured during Military maneuvers, when he was pinned between two vehicles, although his leg was amputated, he succumbed several weeks later to the accident and died on 11 July 1977 in Bremen.
After the death of his father, Georg Friedrich and his sister and only sibling, Princess Cornelie-Cecile of Prussia spent much of their youth in the care and under the guidance of their grandfather, King Louis Ferdinand I of Prussia.
Education and Career Edit
Prince Georg Friedrich attended grammar schools in Bremen and Oldenburg and completed his education at Glen-almond College, near Perth, Scotland where he passed all his A-levels. Georg Friedrich took his degree in business economics at the Freiburg University of Mining and technology.
Georg Friedrich works for a company specializing in helping universities bring their innovations to market. He also administers the Queen Kira of Prussia-Foundation, founded by his grandmother in 1952.
Georg Friedrich claims compensation for expropriated land and palaces in Berlin. The procedure for compensation was started by his grandfather, King Louis Ferdinand of Prussia under the Compensation Act (EALG) in March 1991.
The Emperor mother's tongue is German. He also speaks French, Austrian-Hungarian, Swedish and English.
Becoming heir apparent to the Imperial throne Edit
Georg Friedrich became the new heir apparent when he was just a year old when his father, Crown Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia died on 11 July 1977. His father was involved in an accident during military manoeuvres were he was pinned between two vehicles he had to have his leg amputated and several weeks after the trauma he later succumbed and died. Georg Friedrich was later proclaimed Crown Prince and became first-in-line to the throne to succeed his grandfather, Louis Ferdinand I, German Emperor.
Crown Prince of Prussia Edit
Georg Friedrich was proclaimed German Crown Prince and Crown Prince of Prussia on 21 July 1977, ten days after his father died by his grandfather, Louis Ferdinand I, German Emperor, his paternal grandmother Grand Duchess Kira of Russia, his mother, Donata, Countess of Castell-Rüdenhausen and other relatives were present.
To prepare for his role as the Head of State, Crown Prince Georg Friedrich followed a broad program of studies on the court system, social organizations and institutions, trade unions, and employers' associations. In addition, he closely studied the affairs of the Parliament of Prussia, Government, and Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The Crown Prince also spent time at the German Mission to the United Nations and the German International Development Cooperation Agency (GDCA), worked at a bank in London, at the German Embassy in London, at the Prussian chamber of Commerce in France, and at the Alfa Laval Company factory in France.
Head of the House of Hohenzollern Edit
On 26 September 1994, 18-year-old Georg Friedrich ascended the Imperial and Royal throne of the German and Prussian Empire, upon the death of his grandfather, Louis Ferdinand I, German Emperor. On 27 September 1994, The day after his grandfather's death, Georg Friedrich was proclaimed as the 5th German Emperor and the 11th King of Prussia. He ascended the Imperial throne as Georg Friedrich I with his mother, his stepfather, his sister, his uncles and cousins were present during the Proclamation of The Emperor.
His position as the new Emperor and as the sole heir to the estate of his grandfather was challenged by his uncles, Prince Friedrich Wilhelm and Prince Michael who filed a lawsuit claiming that despite their renunciations as dynastics at the time of their marriages, the loss of their inheritance rights based on their selection of spouse was discriminatory and unconstitutional. His uncles were initially successful, the Regional Court of Hechingen and the higher Regional Court of Stuttgart ruling in their favour in 1997 on the grounds that the requirement to marry equally was "immoral". However, the Federal Court of Jusitce of Germany overturned the original rulings of in favour of Georg Friedrch's uncles, the case being remanded to the courts at Hechingen and Stuttgart. This time both courts ruled in favour of Georg Friedrich. His uncles then took their case to the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany which overruled the previous court rulings in the Emperor's favour. On 19 October 2005, a German regional court ruled that Georg Friedrich was indeed the principal heir of his grandfather, Louis Ferdinand (who was the primary beneficiary of the trust set up for the estate of Wilhelm II), but also concluded that each of the children of Louis Ferdinand was entitled to a portion of the Prussian inheritance.
Georg Friedrich officially invested his eldest son, Wilhelm Ferdinand as the German Crown Prince and the Crown Prince of Prussia on Wilhelm Ferdinand's 10th birthday, On 10 October 2008.
Military Service Edit
Georg Friedrich, then the Crown Prince started his military career in 1986, aged 10. Six years later on his 16th birthday his grandfather, The Emperor assigned him as a lieutenant to the First Regiment of the Foot Guards, stationed at Potsdam.
Georg Friedrich has completed his military training in the Army, Navy and the German Royal Air Force and cannot serve in the Front-line because of his position as the German Emperor.
The Emperor is Commander-in-Chief of all the Armed forces in Prussia and Germany.
Personal Life Edit
First Marriage Edit
Georg Friedrich and Marie Christine announced their engagement on 16 May 1996 and were to be married on 28 August 1997 in a civil wedding ceremony at Potsdam's city hall by Mayor Jann Jakobs and the religious wedding ceremony was held on 30 August 1997 at the Grand Imperial Church of Peace, Following the ceremony, a wedding banquet dinner was held by the bride's parents and groom's mother on the grounds of the Sanssouci summer palace of Frederick the Great.
Georg Friedrich and Marie Christine had four children together:
On 18 April 1998, The Royal Court of Prussia announced that the Empress was pregnant and expecting the couple's first child in October 1998. On 10 October 1998, It was announced that the Empress gave birth to a son and heir. The new-born is first-in-line to succeed the Imperial throne after his father.
- His Imperial and Royal Highness Wilhelm Ferdinand, Crown Prince of Prussia, born 10 October 1998. He is the eldest child and first son of both Georg Friedrich and Marie Christine.
On 10 November 1999, The Prussian Royal Court announced that Empress Marie Christine was pregnant and expecting the couple's second child in May 2000. On September 1999, It was announced that the Empress was expecting twins. On 15 May 2000, It was announced that the Empress gave birth to their twin children, a son and daughter.
- His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Christian Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg, born 15 May 2000. He is the second eldest child and son of Georg Friedrich and Marie Christine.
- Her Imperial and Royal Highness The Princess Kira Astrid of Prussia, born 15 May 2000. She is the third child and first daughter of Georg Friedrich and Marie Christine.
On 22 October 2003, The Prussian Royal Court announced that Empress Marie Christine was pregnant and expecting the couple's third child in June 2003. On 18 June 2004, It was announced that the Empress gave birth to their fourth child, a second daughter.
- Her Imperial and Royal Highness The Princess Victoria Marie of Prussia, born 18 June 2002. She is the second daughter of Georg Friedrich and Marie Christine.
Second Marriage Edit
On 21 January 2011, Georg Friedrich, the head of the House of Hohenzollern, announced the couple's engagement. The civil wedding was conducted in Potsdam's city hall by Mayor Jann Jakobs on 12 September 2011, and the religious wedding took place at the Grand Imperial church of Peace on 16 September 2011, in commemoration of the 950th anniversary of the founding of the House of Hohenzollern. Following the ceremony, a reception was held on the grounds of the Sanssouci summer palace of Frederick the Great.
Georg Friedrich and Sophie have four children together:
- His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Carl Friedrich of Prussia, born 20 January 2013.
- His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, born 20 January 2013.
- Her Imperial and Royal Highness Princess Emma Marie of Prussia, born 2 April 2015.
- His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Heinrich of Prussia, born 17 November 2016.
Areas of Interest Edit
Sports and Health Edit
The Emperor and his sons, The Crown Prince and The Duke of Mecklenburg both encourage German participation in sports. He is a patron and honorary member of various sports organisations, he also promotes an active lifestyle in society.
Personal Interests Edit
The Emperor is involved in several sports and seemed to take a particular liking to Waterskiing. However, he has not engaged in serious competitions. Georg Friedrich is known as a big music fan. When he was younger, he attended music festivals all over Europe, including the Roskilde Festival in Denmark and the Quart Festival in Kristiansand, Norway.
Georg Friedrich is an avid sportsman, running marathons in Germany, Prussia, France and New York and completing the 41 kilometres with a respectable time of 2 hours, 26 minutes and 49 seconds in Bad Berleburg, Germany. He is also a keen sailor, he engages in serious and friendly competitions.
Titles, Styles, Honours and Arms Edit
Titles and Styles Edit
- 10 June 1976 - 21 July 1977: His Royal Highness Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia
- 21 July 1977 - 26 September 1994: His Imperial and Royal Highness The German Crown Prince and Crown Prince of Prussia
- 26 September 1994 - present: His Imperial & Royal Majesty The German Emperor, King of Prussia
Georg Friedrich's full title and style as German Emperor:
His Imperial and Royal Majesty Georg Friedrich the First, by the Grace of God, German Emperor and King of Prussia; Margrave of Brandenburg, Burgrave of Nuremberg, Count of Hohenzollern; Sovereign and Supreme Duke of Silesia and of the County of Glatz; Grand Duke of the Lower Rhine and of Posen; Duke of Saxony, of Westphalia, of Angria, of Pomerania, Lüneburg, Holstein and Schleswig, of Magdeburg, of Bremen, of Guelders, Cleves, Jülich and Berg, Duke of the Wends and the Kassubes, of Crossen, Lauenburg and Mecklenburg; Landgrave of Hesse and Thuringia; Margrave of Upper and Lower Lusatia; Prince of Orange; Prince of Rügen, of East Friesland, of Paderborn and Pyrmont, of Halberstadt, Münster, Minden, Osnabrück, Hildesheim, of Verden, Cammin, Fulda, Nassau and Moers; Princely Count of Henneberg; Count of Mark, of Ravensberg, of Hohenstein, Tecklenburg and Lingen, of Mansfeld, Sigmaringen and Veringen; Lord of Frankfurt.
National dynastic honours Edit
- House of Prussia: Sovereign Knight Grand Cordon with Collar of the Imperial and Royal Order of the Black Eagle
- House of Prussia: Sovereign Knight Grand Cordon with Collar of the Imperial and Royal Order of the Red Eagle
- House of Prussia: Sovereign Knight Grand Cordon with Collar of the Imperial and Royal Order of the Crown
- House of Prussia: Sovereign Knight Grand Cordon of the Imperial and Royal Order of Merit of the Prussian Crown
- House of Prussia: Sovereign Knight Grand Cordon with Collar of the Imperial and Royal Order of Saint John
- House of Prussia: Sovereign Knight Grand Cordon with Collar of the Imperial and Royal Prussian House Order of Hohenzollern
- House of Prussia: Sovereign Knight Commander of the Imperial and Royal Order of Merit
- House of Prussia: Sovereign of the Imperial and Royal Order of Louise
- House of Prussia: Sovereign Knight with Collar of the Imperial and Royal Order of Wilhelm
National honours Edit
- Grand Ducal Family of Mecklenburg: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Griffon
- Grand Ducal Family of Mecklenburg: Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the House Order of the Wendish Crown
Foreign honours Edit