| German Crown Prince, Crown Prince of Prussia, Prince of Nassau, Archduke of Austria,
|Regency||10 September 2016 - present (0 years, 345 days)|
|Wilhelm Ferdinand Carl Félix Christian Louis Jean Alexander|
|House|| House of Hohenzollern |
|Father||Georg Friedrich I, German Emperor|
|Mother||Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria|
|Born|| 10 September 1998 |
HI&RH Prince Wilhelm Ferdinand, Crown Prince of Prussia (Wilhelm Ferdinand Carl Félix Gabriel Christian Jean Louis Alexander; born 10 September 1998) is the eldest child and son of Georg Friedrich I, German Emperor and his first wife Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria.
As of April 2017, Wilhelm Ferdinand is the heir apparent to the Imperial throne of Germany and first-in-line to succeed the throne after his father, Georg Friedrich, King of Prussia.
Birth and Early Life Edit
Wilhelm Ferdinand was born at 04:18 CET on 10 September 1998 at Königsberg Castle, Prussia, as the eldest child and son of both Georg Friedrich, King-Emperor of Prussia and his first wife Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria.
His birth was greeted by 21-gun salutes from Königsberg Palace, Prussia. His names and titles were announced the day after his birth on 11 September 1998 by his father, The Emperor, his paternal grandmother was present at a cabinet meeting a thanksgiving service was held to celebrate the Crown Prince's birth in attendance was his father, his maternal and paternal grandparents, his maternal great-grandfather, his aunt and uncles from both families.
The Crown Prince only has three full siblings, one younger brother and two younger sisters:
- Prince Christian Alexander of Prussia, (born 15 May 2000, age 17)
- Princess Kira Astrid of Prussia, (born 15 May 2000, age 17)
- Princess Victoria Marie of Prussia, (born 18 February 2005, age 12)
The Crown Prince has seven half-siblings from both her parents' second marriages.
From his father's second marriage he has four half-siblings, three younger half-brother's and one sister.
- Prince Carl Friedrich of Prussia, (born 20 January 2013, age 4)
- Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, (born 20 January 2013, age 4)
- Princess Emma Marie of Prussia, (born 2 April 2015, age 2 years)
- Prince Heinrich of Prussia, (born 17 November 2016, age 5 months)
From his mother's second marriage, he has three younger half-brothers:
- Archduke Léopold of Austria, (born 19 April 2011, age 6 years)
- Archduke Constantin of Austria, (born 25 October 2013, age 3 years and 6 months)
- Archduke Gabriel of Austria, (born July 2016, age 8 months)
On 17 November 2006, Wilhelm Ferdinand's parents announced their separation and intention to divorce and then four months later they announced that they were divorcing. On 26 March 2007, It was announced that they were officially divorced after ten years of marriage.
Wilhelm Ferdinand's parents share joint custody of him and his sister. The Crown Prince officially resides with his father and visits his mother regularly every month, his sister after their parent's divorce chose to live with her mother in Brussels, Belgium, she regularly visits her father.
Wilhelm Ferdinand was 10-years-old when he, his seven-year-old sister and four-year-old brother watched their mother marry for the second time on 6 December 2008, to Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum in Mechelen, Brussels, Belgium. The Crown Prince walked with his mother and maternal grandfather down the aisle his sister, Victoria Marie was a bridesmaid and his brother, Christian Alexander was a pageboy.
Family History Edit
He is related to most of the Royal Families and Royal Houses of Europe.
He is the eldest grandchild of the late Prince Louis Ferdinand II of Prussia and Donata, Countess of Castell-Rüdenhausen and his maternal grandparents are Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria and Archduke Carl Christian of Austria
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 ten 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.
- Gabriel -
- 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
Wilhelm Ferdinand attended grammar schools in Bremen and Oldenburg and completed his education at Glen almond College near Perth, Scotland, where Wilhelm Ferdinand passed his A-levels in 2015, his great-grandfather King Louis Ferdinand I of Prussia, was in charge of Wilhelm Ferdinand's father's education.
In late October 2015, He started his higher education in Business management, Business studies and Sports physiology at St Andrew's university, England. He had to return to Germany when his father had an accident in the summer vacation to become Prince Regent of Germany and Prussia
Military Service Edit
The Crown Prince started his military career in 2010, at the age of 12.
Declaration of Majority Edit
Wilhelm Ferdinand's declaration of Majority took place at the Hall of State at Königsberg Castle, Prussia on 10 September 2014, As of the day he turned 16, he is allowed to act as Regent of State when his father, Emperor Georg Friedrich I is not in the country. Wilhelm Ferdinand made his first official public speech on this occasion.
On 10 September 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.
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 September, 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 September 2016, on his 18th birthday, Wilhelm Ferdinand became The Prince Regent of Prussia as his father, The Emperor is recovering from an accident when they were on holiday during the summer vacation.
The Crown Prince's Household Edit
The Crown Prince was given his own household by his father, The Emperor in September 2014. 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 regent.
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 Wilhelm Ferdinand, German Crown Prince, Crown Prince of Prussia, Prince of Nassau, Duke of Saxony, Bremen, Westphalia and Magdeburg and Archduke of Austria
Wilhelm Ferdinand's full title and style is: His Imperial and Royal Highness The Prince Wilhelm Ferdinand, heir apparent to the Imperial thrones of Germany and Prussia, German Crown Prince, Crown Prince of Prussia, Prince of Nassau, Duke of Saxony, Bremen, Westphalia and Magdeburg, The Count of Tecklenburg 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 of the Imperial German Order of Saint John
- 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 10.09.16)
- 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