Sophie, Princess of Prussia

Sophie Johanna Maria, Princess of Prussia (née Princess of Isenburg,[1] born 7 March 1978) is the wife of Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia, head of the House of Hohenzollern, members of which reigned as kings of Prussia and as German emperors until deposed in 1918.

Princess Sophie
Princess of Prussia[1]
Princess Sophie
Born (1978-03-07) 7 March 1978
Frankfurt, West Germany
Spouse
Issue
  • Carl Friedrich, Hereditary Prince of Prussia
  • Prince Louis Ferdinand
  • Princess Emma Marie
  • Prince Heinrich
Full name
Sophie Johanna Maria
HouseIsenburg
FatherFranz-Alexander, Prince of Isenburg
MotherCountess Christine von Saurma-Jeltsch

Family and career

Sophie was born on 7 March 1978 in Frankfurt, West Germany.[2] Her parents are Franz-Alexander, Prince of Isenburg and his wife, née Countess Christine von Saurma-Jeltsch.[3] He is head of a mediatized Catholic line of Princes of the Holy Roman Empire, who lost their independence in 1815.[3] She has two sisters (Archduchess Katharina of Austria-Este and Isabelle, Dowager Princess of Wied) and two brothers (Hereditary Prince Alexander and Prince Viktor).[3][4]

Growing up at Birstein Castle, the family seat in Hesse, Sophie studied at a primary school in Birstein and at St. Mary's school (de) in Fulda.[4][5] She then attended the boarding school Kloster Wald and passed her A-Levels as well as a trade test as a dressmaker. She undertook internships in her country's Bundestag, and in London, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.[2][4] Sophie studied Business Administration at the University of Freiburg and Humboldt University of Berlin and works at a firm that offers consulting services for nonprofit business.[2][6]

Marriage

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 25 August 2011,[7] and the religious wedding took place at the Church of Peace on 27 August 2011, in commemoration of the 950th anniversary of the founding of the House of Hohenzollern.[8][9] Following the ceremony, a reception was held on the grounds of the Sanssouci summer palace of Frederick the Great.[10][11]

Children

On 20 January 2013, Sophie gave birth to twin sons, Carl Friedrich Franz Alexander and Louis Ferdinand Christian Albrecht. Carl Friedrich, the elder of the two, is the heir apparent to the House of Hohenzollern. Their third child, Emma Marie Charlotte Sophie, was born on the 2 April 2015. The couple's fourth child, Heinrich Albert Johann Georg, was born on 17 November 2016.

Titles and styles

Ancestry

References

  1. In 1919 royalty and nobility were mandated to lose their privileges in Germany, hereditary titles were to be legally borne thereafter only as part of the surname, according to Article 109 of the Weimar Constitution.
  2. "Sophie The Princess of Prussia". Official website of the House of Hohenzollern. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  3. Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XV. C.A. Starke Verlag, 1997, pp.271–275.
  4. Bild. Gottschild, Karen. Sophie Prinzessin von Isenburg: Wer ist die neue Kaiserin?.
  5. "Prinzessin Sophie von Preussen" (in German). Prussian Royal Family website.
  6. Troianovski, Anton (26 August 2011). "No Titles, No Subjects, No Problem: Germans Join Royal Wedding Craze". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  7. Van der Kraat, Marion (25 August 2011). "Die preußische Prinzenhochzeit beginnt ganz privat". Welt.
  8. "Georg Friedrich Prince of Prussia and Sophie Princes: Germany Set for Its Own Royal Wedding". ABC News. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  9. Peiffer, Kim (31 August 2011). "Princess Sophie of Isenburg's Wedding Dress: All the Details". People. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  10. Liston, Enjoli (27 August 2011). "Kaiser Wilhelm junior gives Germany its own royal wedding". The Independent. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  11. "Kaiser heir weds princess in Potsdam". The Local. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
Titles in pretence
Vacant
Title last held by
Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia
 TITULAR 
German Empress
Queen of Prussia

25 August 2011 – present
Reason for succession failure:
German monarchies abolished in 1918
Incumbent
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