| German Crown Prince, Crown Prince of Prussia
|Spouse||Donata, Countess of Castell-Rüdenhausen|
| Georg Friedrich I, German Emperor |
Princess Cornelie-Cecile of Prussia
|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)|
Louis Ferdinand was the Crown Prince of Germany and Prussia and the heir-apparent to succeed the throne after his father from 1967 until his death ten years later in 1977.
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:
- Georg Friedrich I, German Emperor (born 10 June 1976)
- Princess Cornelie-Cecile of Prussia (born 30 January 1978)
Louis Ferdinand and Donata have eight grandchildren:
- Wilhelm Ferdinand, Crown Prince of Prussia (10 September 1998)
- Prince Christian Alexander of Prussia (born 15 May 2000)
- Princess Kira Astrid of Prussia (born 15 May 2000)
- Princess Victoria Marie of Prussia (born 18 February 2005)
- Prince Carl Friedrich of Prussia (born 20 January 2013)
- Prince Louis Ferdinand Jr of Prussia (born 20 January 2013)
- Princess Emma Marie of Prussia (born 2 April 2015)
- Prince Heinrich of Prussia (born 17 November 2016)
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
- 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