Prince Adalbert of Prussia (1884–1948)

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Prince Adalbert of Prussia
Prince Adalbert of Prussia (1884–1948).jpg
Born(1884-07-14)14 July 1884
Marmorpalais, Potsdam, Prussia, German Empire
Died22 September 1948(1948-09-22) (aged 64)
La Tour de Peilz, Vaud, Switzerland
Burial26 September 1948
Vassin Cemetery, La Tour de Peilz, Vaud, Switzerland
SpousePrincess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen
IssuePrincess Victoria Marina
Prince Wilhelm Victor
Adalbert Ferdinand Berengar Viktor
FatherWilhelm II, German Emperor
MotherPrincess Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein

Prince Adalbert Ferdinand Berengar Viktor of Prussia (14 July 1884 – 22 September 1948) was the third son of Wilhelm II, German Emperor, by his first wife, Princess Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein.

Early life[edit]

Prince Adalbert was born on 14 July 1884 as the third son of the then Prince Wilhelm of Prussia and his first wife, Princess Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein. He was born in the Marmorpalais of Potsdam in the Province of Brandenburg, where his parents resided until his father acceded to the throne as Emperor Wilhelm II in 1888. He spent his childhood with his siblings at the New Palace, also in Potsdam, and his school days with his brothers at the Prinzenhaus in Plön in his mother’s ancestral Schleswig-Holstein.

His bride was Princess Adelheid "Adi" of Saxe-Meiningen (16 August 1891 – 25 April 1971), daughter of Prince Frederick and Countess Adelaide of Lippe-Biesterfeld. They married on 3 August 1914 in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, and had three children, five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren:

  • Princess Victoria Marina of Prussia (stillborn, 4 September 1915)
  • Princess Victoria Marina of Prussia (11 September 1917 – 21 January 1981) she married Kirby Patterson (24 July 1907–4 June 1984)[1] on 26 September 1947. They had three children and one grandson:
    • Berengar Orin Bernhard Kirby Patterson (21 August 1948-18 May 2011) he married Pamela Knight in 1994.
    • Marina Adelaide Emily Patterson (21 August 1948-10 January 2011) she married John Engel on 24 September 1982. They had one son:
      • William John Engel (17 February 1983)
    • Dohna Maria Patterson (7 August 1954) she married Stephen Pearl on 28 July 1974.
  • Prince Wilhelm Victor of Prussia (15 February 1919 – 7 February 1989), he married at Donaueschingen on 20 July 1944 Marie Antoinette, Countess of Hoyos zu Stichsenstein (Hohenthurm, 27 June 1920 – Marbella, 1 March 2004). They had two children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Kaiserliche Marine[edit]

  • Leutnant zur See (Ensign / Acting Sub-Lieutenant)
  • Oberleutnant zur See (Lieutenant, Junior Grade / Sub-Lieutenant), before 1905 through at least 1908
  • Kapitänleutnant (Lieutenant) on staff in SMS Kaiser, 1914
  • Korvettenkapitän (Lieutenant Commander) in command of SMS Danzig, 1917
  • Fregattenkapitän (Commander) in command of SMS Dresden 1918.

Regimental Commissions[2][edit]

  • Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant) à la suite 1. Garderegiment zu Fuß (1st Regiment of Foot Guards), Potsdam, 1894
  • à la suite, Grenadierregiment König Friedrich der Große (3. Ostpreussisches) Nr. 4
  • à la suite, 1. Gardegrenadierlanwehrregiment (1st Reserve Regiment of Grenadier Guards)

Chivalric Orders[2][edit]

Military Decorations[edit]

  • Gold and silver Imtiyaz Medals (Privilege, Ottoman Empire)
  • Gold Liakat Medal (Merit, Ottoman Empire) - 21 October 1901 - during the visit to Istanbul of SMS Charlotte, where he served[3]
  • Iron Cross of 1914, 1st and 2nd class, Imperial Germany / Kingdom of Prussia


Adalbert died in La Tour de Peilz, Switzerland, aged 64.



  1. ^ Kirby William Patterson,, 2002. Archived 2010-02-12 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Schench, G. Handbuch über den Königlich Preuβischen Hof und Staat fur das Jahr 1908. Berlin, Prussia, 1907.
  3. ^ a b "Court circular". The Times. No. 36593. London. 23 October 1901. p. 4.
  4. ^ 刑部芳則 (2017). 明治時代の勲章外交儀礼 (PDF) (in Japanese). 明治聖徳記念学会紀要. p. 150.

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