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Today’s featured Royal is HRH Georg-Friedrich, Prince of Prussia. He is heir to the vacant German Imperial throne and the royal throne of Prussia, last held by his great-great grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Prussia. Currently the prince works for a company specializing in helping universities bring their innovations to market. Georg-Friedrich also administers the Princess Kira of Prussia-Foundation, founded by his grandmother in 1952.

On August 27, Georg-Friedrich married HSH Princess Sophie of Isenberg. Sophie studied Business administration in Freiburg and Berlin and works at a firm that offers consulting services for nonprofit business. They were married at the Church of Peace in Potsdam and this date also coincided with the 950th anniversary of the founding of the House of Hohenzollern. By marrying a princess of equal rank he upheld the qualifications of the will of the last Kaiser which stipulated that the Head of the House of Prussia must marry a woman of equal rank.

This issue, of equal marriage, was a bone of contention between Georg-Friedrich and his uncles, Friedrich-Wilhelm and Michael. This issues actually surrounded the inheritance of the estate and the court could not rule on who was head of the house. Eventually the court did side on Georg-Friedrich’s behalf but he was ordered to partition the estate to his uncles.

Georg-Friedrich is one of those heads of former reigning families that makes me yearn and long for a restoration of the German Monarchy. I know that likelihood of that happening is near zero but my wish demonstrates my support for the heir to the German thrones. Although he is happy in his position as head of the royal house and does not wish to change the current system in Germany, I think he would have made an excellent constitutional monarch. He is intelligent and very personable, qualities that are exemplary in a constitutional monarch.

His claim to the throne is as follows: In 1941 deposed Emperor Wilhelm II died leaving the claim to the throne to his eldest son, Crown Prince Wilhelm. Crown prince Wilhelm died ten years later in 1951. His eldest son, Prince Wilhelm, who had renounced the throne to marry a commoner in 1933, died in battle during World War II. This placed his brother, Prince Louis-Ferdinand, as head of the royal house, a position he held until his death in 1994. His two eldest son, Friedrich-Wilhelm and Michael, having married unequally forfeited their claim to the headship of the house. Next in line was Louis-Ferdinand’s third son and namesake, Louis-Ferdinand jr, who did marry equally. Sadly, he passed away from injuries suffered during military exercises in 1977. This left his son, Georg-Friedrich, as the heir to his grandfather. Georg-Friedrich succeeded his grandfather as head of the House of Prussia in 1994.

Yesterday it was announced that Georg-Friedrich and Sophie will be expecting their first child in February. I wish them both well and I am happy that although the German monarchy no longer exists they have a great representative to the long and noble tradition in Prince Georg-Friedrich.