Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern

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Karl Friedrich
Prince of Hohenzollern
Graf von dem Bergh, Fotografie Fürst Karl Friedrich von Hohenzollern.jpg
Head of the House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Tenure16 September 2010 – present
PredecessorPrince Friedrich Wilhelm
Heir-ApparentPrince Alexander
Born (1952-04-20) 20 April 1952 (age 68)
Sigmaringen, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
SpouseCountess Alexandra Schenck von Stauffenberg
Katharina Maria de Zomer
IssueAlexander, Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern
Princess Philippa
Princess Flaminia
Princess Antonia
Full name
German: Karl Friedrich Emich Meinrad Benedikt Fidelis Maria Michael Gerold
FatherFriedrich Wilhelm, Prince of Hohenzollern
MotherPrincess Margarita of Leiningen

Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern (given names: Karl Friedrich Emich Meinrad Benedikt Fidelis Maria Michael Gerold; born 20 April 1952) is the eldest son of the late Friedrich Wilhelm, Prince of Hohenzollern and Princess Margarita of Leiningen.[1] He became head of the Roman Catholic Swabian branch of the House of Hohenzollern upon his father's death on 16 September 2010.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Karl Friedrich studied business administration at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

He is the chairman and sole owner of Unternehmensgruppe Fürst von Hohenzollern (Corporate Group Prince of Hohenzollern),[1] including real estate and forests with 400 employees, and owns a 50% share in the Zollern GmbH und Co. KG (steelworks, transmission technics) with 2800 employees. The Prince himself is voice, saxophonist and leader of the music band Royal Groovin'.

According to the suspended 1938 Constitution of Romania, Karl Friedrich is heir to the throne since 2017, upon the death of former King Michael. However, in a 2009 interview, he stated that he had no interest in the Romanian throne.[2]

Marriage and children[edit]

Karl Friedrich married Countess Alexandra Schenck von Stauffenberg on 17 May 1985 in the Beuron Archabbey, Baden-Württemberg. They were divorced on 21 January 2010, in Sigmaringen.[1] They have four children:[1]

  • Alexander Friedrich Antonius Johannes, Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern (b. 16 March 1987)
  • Princess Philippa Marie Carolina Isabelle of Hohenzollern (b. 2 November 1988)
  • Princess Flaminia Pia Eilika Stephanie of Hohenzollern (b. 9 January 1992), married Baron Károly von Stipsicz de Ternova (b. 13 June 1990)
  • Princess Antonia Elisabeth Georgina Tatiana of Hohenzollern (b. 22 June 1995)

On 17 July 2010 Karl Friedrich married for the second time with Katharina Maria "Nina" de Zomer (born 1959).


Karl Friedrich lives on his hunting estate Josefslust House, whereas the nearby hunting lodge is used by his brother Albrecht (born 1954) and the nearby Krauchenwies estate by his divorced wife, Princess Alexandra. Furthermore, he owns Umkirch Castle and, as head of the princely Sigmaringen branch of the house of Hohenzollern, has a 1/3 ownership share in Hohenzollern Castle, together with the head of the royal branch, Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia.

He has his offices at Sigmaringen Castle which is also open to the public and is used for family weddings and other ceremonial occasions.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • Present: His Highness Karl Friedrich Prince of Hohenzollern[3]



  • Jive and Candies (2003, Charly and the Jivemates)[4]
  • Jump for Joy (2007, Charly and the Jivemates)[5]
  • Just Friends (2010, with Frieder Berlin Trio)[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XIX. "Haus Hohenzollern". C.A. Starke Verlag, 2011, pp. 32-33, 260. ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6.
  2. ^ (in Romanian) "Karl Friedrich of Hohenzollern: „Radu Duda's Hohenzollern title is a farce“ Archived 12 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Cotidianul, 10 June 2009
  3. ^ Hohenzollern Castle - Official Site
  4. ^ http://www.satindoll.de/cds/1045.htm
  5. ^ http://www.satindoll.de/cds/1061.htm
  6. ^ http://www.satindoll.de/cds/1065.htm

External links[edit]

Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern
Cadet branch of the House of Hohenzollern
Born: 20 April 1952
German nobility
Preceded by
Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
Prince of Hohenzollern
16 September 2010 – present
Alexander, Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern