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Louis Ferdinand
German Crown Prince, Crown Prince of Prussia

Spouse Donata, Countess of Castell-Rüdenhausen
Issue
Georg Friedrich I, German Emperor
Princess Cornelie-Cecile of Prussia
Full name
Louis Ferdinand Oscar Christian
House House of Hohenzollern
Father Louis Ferdinand I, German Emperor
Mother Grand Duchess Kira of Russia
Born 25 August 1944
Crown Prince's Palace, Potsdam, Prussia
Died 11 July 1977 (age 32)
Religion Lutheran
Louis Ferdinand, German Crown Prince and Crown Prince of Prussia (Louis Ferdinand Oskar Christian; born 25 August 1944 – 11 July 1977) was the fifth of seven children of Louis Ferdinand I, German Emperor and his wife, Queen-Empress Kira of Prussia.

Louis Ferdinand was the Crown Prince of Germany and Prussia and the heir-apparent to succeed the throne after his father who was the German Emperor and King of Prussia from 1967 until his death ten years later in 1977.

Biography Edit

Prince Louis Ferdinand was on 25 August 1944 in Potsdam, Prussia. As the third son and fifth child of then Crown Prince Louis Ferdinand and Crown Princess Kira of Prussia. At the time of his birth, he was fourth-in-line of succession to the German throne.

When Louis Ferdinand's elder brother, Prince Michael renounced his succession rights on 29 August 1966 to marry without permission, Louis Ferdinand became second-in-line to succeed his father. Louis Ferdinand then became first-in-line and heir-apparent to the throne after his eldest brother, Friedrich Wilhelm renounced his succession rights on 18 September 1967.

In 1972, he started an apprenticeship at a bank and continued to perform military service on a regular basis.

Military Service Edit

Prince Louis Ferdinand started his military career in 1954 at the age of 10. Six years later on his 16th birthday on 25 August 1960, his father promoted him to 1st Lieutenant to the First Regiment of the Foot Guards, stationed in Potsdam.

In 1967, The new Crown Prince volunteered to serve in the West German Army, with the goal of becoming Captain in the Army.

Marriage and Family Edit

On 24 May 1975, Crown Prince Louis Ferdinand married Countess Donata of Castell-Rüdenhausen at the Grand Imperial Church of Peace, Prussia.

They had two children together:

Grandchildren Edit

Louis Ferdinand and Donata have seven grandchildren:

Death and Succession Edit

In June 1977, he 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 July 11, 1977 in Bremen.

His one-year-old son, Georg Friedrich became the new Crown Prince and first-in-line to succeed the throne and was Crown Prince for the next 17 years until his succession as German Emperor on 26 September 1994.

Titles, Styles and Honours Edit

Titles and Styles Edit

  • 25 August 1944 - 20 July 1951: His Royal Highness Prince Louis Ferdinand of Germany and Prussia
  • 20 July 1951 - 18 September 1967: His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Louis Ferdinand of Germany and Prussia.
  • 18 September 1967 - 11 July 1977: His Imperial and Royal Highness The German Crown Prince and Crown Prince of Prussia

Honours Edit

  • House of Prussia: Knight Grand Cordon with collar of the Royal Order of the Black Eagle
  • House of Prussia: Knight Grand Cordon with collar of the Royal Order of the Red Eagle
  • House of Prussia: Knight Grand Cordon with Collar of the Royal Order of the Crown
  • House of Prussia: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown
  • House of Prussia: Knight Grand Commander with Collar of the Royal Order of the House of Hohenzollern

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