| Crown Prince of the German Empire, Prince of Nassau and Archduke of Austria
|Regency||10 October 2016 - 31 December 2017 (1 year, 662 days)|
|Tenure||(19 years, 253 days)|
|Wilhelm Ferdinand Carl Félix Christian Louis Jean Alexander|
|House|| House of Hohenzollern (paternal) |
House of Habsburg-Lorraine (maternal)
|Father||Georg Friedrich I, German Emperor|
|Mother||Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria|
|Born|| 10 October 1998 |
Berlin University Hospital
|Religion||Church of Germany|
Wilhelm Ferdinand, Crown Prince of the German Empire (Wilhelm Ferdinand Carl Félix Christian Jean Louis Alexander; born 10 October 1998) is the heir-apparent to Friedrich IV, German Emperor and Empress Marie Christine.
As of July 2018, Wilhelm Ferdinand is the heir apparent to the Imperial throne of Germany and first-in-line to succeed the throne after his father, Friedrich IV, German Emperor.
Birth and Early Life Edit
His birth was greeted by 21-gun salutes from the Royal Palace of Berlin. His names and titles were announced the day after his birth on 11 October 1998 by his father, the Emperor, his paternal grandmother was present at the cabinet meeting and later that day, a thanksgiving service was held to celebrate the birth of the Crown Prince in attendance was his father, his maternal and paternal grandparents, his maternal great-grandfather, his aunt and uncles from both families.
As the eldest son of the reigning German monarch, Wilhelm was automatically; Duke of Saxony and Duke of Bremen at birth. As the son of Archduchess Marie Christine, he also held the titles of; Archduke of Austria and Prince of Nassau. He was proclaimed as German Crown Prince and Crown Prince of Prussia on 10 November 1998 and Earl of Münster on 5 January 2005.
The Crown Prince has six siblings, three brothers and three sisters:
- Prince Christian Alexander, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg (born 15 May 2000, age 18)
- Princess Kira Astrid of Prussia (born 15 May 2000, age 18)
- Princess Victoria Marie of Prussia (born 18 June 2004, age 14)
- Prince Konstantin Gabriel of Prussia (born 19 January 2008, age 10)
- Prince Albert Leopold of Prussia (born 19 April 2011, age 7)
- Princess Marie Josephine of Prussia (born 31 March 2015, age 3)
Family History Edit
He is the eldest grandchild of the late Crown Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia and Donata, Countess of Castell-Rüdenhausen and he is the eldest maternal grandson of Archduke Carl Christian of Austria and Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg.
Just after his father's first birthday, his grandfather was involved in a severe accident during military maneuvers, where 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. before the birth of his daughter (and Wilhelm Ferdinand's aunt) Princess Cornelie-Cecile of Prussia, six months later on 30 January 1978.
His eight names are:
- Wilhelm - The namesake of his great-great-great-grandfather, Wilhelm II, German Emperor
- Ferdinand - a name he shares with his father, grandfather and great-grandfather
- Carl - the namesake of his maternal grandfather, Archduke Carl Christian of Austria.
- Félix - after his great-great-grandfather, Prince Félix of Bourbon-Parma and the namesake of his second cousin, Prince Félix of Luxembourg.
- Christian - The second name of his maternal grandfather, Archduke Carl Christian of Austria
- Jean - The namesake of his great-grandfather Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
- Louis - The namesake of his grandfather and great-grandfather, King Louis Ferdinand I of Prussia and Prince Louis Ferdinand II of Prussia
- Alexander -
His godparents are;
- Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark
- Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg, his mother's cousin
- Donata, Countess of Castell-Rüdenhausen, his paternal grandmother
- Archduke Imre of Austria, his maternal uncle
- Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este, his maternal grandmother's first cousin
- Kira-Marina Nepser, his second cousin
- Duchess Rixa of Oldenburg, his step-grandfather's daughter and his father's cousin
Emperor Georg Friedrich and Empress Marie Christine were determined that their eldest son and heir should have an education that would prepare him to be a model constitutional monarch.
In September 2001, the Crown Prince attended Kindergarten from the age of two until his sixth birthday in 2004.
At the age of seven, Wilhelm Ferdinand was accompanied by a tutor and governor to attend grammar schools in Oldenburg and Bremen, he completed his education at the grammar schools in 2008.
In August 2008, Wilhelm Ferdinand was further accompanied by his tutor and governor when he boarded at Black Forest Preparatory School in Kandern, Germany and spent the next three years until his thirteenth birthday in October 2011. At Black Forest, he also participated in football—along with Swimming, basketball, Rugby, Clay pigeon shooting, Cross country running and Team Building skills. During summer break, he returned home to his family but for most of his vacation he was privately tutored for his future role as Head of State.
From when he left Black Forest until his admission to Eton College, Wilhelm Ferdinand received extra tutoring.
In November 2011, Wilhelm Ferdinand sat the entrance exam for Eton College and was admitted to the college his started just after his fourteenth birthday. There he studied Modern History, Geography and Sports at A-level, obtaining a “A” in Modern History a “B” in Geography and a “A” in Sports. At Eton, he continued to play football, captaining his house team, and took up water polo.
After completing his studies at Eton College, Wilhelm Ferdinand went back to Germany to attend the University of Bonn, Germany from when he completed his studies until his 18th birthday when he took over as regent he continued to study Law and politics and after his regency he returned to university to continue his studies; Jurisprudence, economics, parliamentary history and constitutional Law. At the university, he joined the Corps Borussia Bonn, all royal and non-royal members of the House of Hohenzollern joined
Military Service Edit
Crown Prince Wilhelm Ferdinand on his sixteenth birthday in 2014, was appointed as 1st Lieutenant of the First Regiment of the Foot Guards. He was succeeded by his younger brother, Prince Christian Alexander on 15 May 2016 and the Crown Prince was promoted to Captain of the 1st Regiment of the Foot Guards.
As the heir to the throne, Wilhelm Ferdinand will be receiving a military education. In October 2018, he and his brother will be sent to England to attend a four-day Regular Commissions Board at Westbury in Wiltshire.
Declaration of Majority Edit
Wilhelm Ferdinand's declaration of Majority took place at the Hall of State at the Royal Palace of Berlin on 10 October 2014, As of the day he turned 16, he is allowed to act as Regent of State when his father is not in the country. Wilhelm Ferdinand made his first official public speech on this occasion.
On 10 October 2016, the day he came officially of age he is allowed to act as Official Head of State when his father is absent or out of the country.
German Crown Prince and Crown Prince of Prussia Edit
As the Crown Prince of Prussia, Wilhelm Ferdinand is a senior member of the Imperial family and has certain privileges and has the power of state and parliament.
The Crown Prince has a annual public concert dedicated to him every year on his birthday, on 10 October, called Kronprinz's day.
Royal Duties as The Crown Prince Edit
As the heir apparent to the throne, Wilhelm Ferdinand is a senior working member of the German Imperial Royal Family with his own agenda of official engagements and he holds a significant supportive role to his father. Wilhelm Ferdinand attends the regular Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs and the information councils with Government ministers headed by the Emperor, and steps in as a temporary regent when needed. Wilhelm Ferdinand also takes part in the regular official dinners hosted by the Emperor and Empress, state visits to Prussia, high level and official visits from foreign dignitaries, the opening of Parliament, and celebrations of the German National Day.
On 10 October 2016, on his 18th birthday, Wilhelm Ferdinand became The Prince Regent of Prussia as his father, The Emperor was recovering from an accident when they were on holiday during the summer vacation.
His regency ended on 31 December 2017, when his father announced that he was returning as Head of State and that the Crown Prince could return to his studies at the University of Bonn.
The Crown Prince's Household Edit
The Crown Prince was given his own household by his father, Emperor Georg Friedrich in October 2016, on his 18th birthday. The Crown Prince's household is headed by the Marshal of the Court. The Crown Prince's household’s task is to coordinate the official engagements of The Crown Prince.
Titles, Styles, Honours and Arms Edit
Titles and Styles Edit
- 10 September 1998 - 26 September 2004: His Imperial and Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Germany and Prussia, Prince of Nassau and Archduke of Austria
- 26 September 2004 - Present: His Imperial and Royal Highness The Prince Wilhelm Ferdinand, German Crown Prince, Crown Prince of Prussia, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Prince of Nassau, Duke of Saxony, Duke of Bremen and Archduke of Austria
- 10 October 2016 - 31 December 2017: His Imperial and Royal Highness The Prince Regent of Germany
Wilhelm Ferdinand's full title and style is: His Imperial and Royal Highness The Prince Wilhelm Ferdinand, heir apparent to the German Empire, German Crown Prince, Crown Prince of Prussia, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Prince of Nassau, Duke of Saxony, Duke of Bremen and Archduke of Austria
- House of Prussia: Knight Grand Commander with Collar of the Order of the Black Eagle
- House of Prussia: Knight Grand Commander with Collar of the Order of the Red Eagle
- House of Prussia: Grand Knight Commander of the Order of Merit of the Prussian Crown
- House of Prussia: Grand Knight Commander of the Order of the Crown
- House of Prussia: Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the Royal Order of Hohenzollern
- House of Prussia: Grand Knight of the Imperial Order for Merit
- House of Prussia: Knight Grand Commander of the Order of Wilhelm
Foreign Honours Edit
- Luxembourg: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau (his 18th birthday 10.10.16)
- Netherlands: Recipient of the King Willem-Alexander Inauguration Medal
- Sweden: Knight of the Order of the Seraphim
- Sweden: Recipient of the Wedding Medal of Crown Princess Victoria to Mr Daniel Westling
- Sweden: Recipient of the 40th Jubilee Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf
- Sweden: Recipient of the 70th Birthday Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf