Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern

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Prince Johann Georg
Wedding of Princess Birgitta and Johan Georg von Hohenzollern 1961 004.jpg
Princess Birgitta and the bridegroom, Johan Georg von Hohenzollern, after their wedding ceremony
Born(1932-07-31)31 July 1932
Schloss Sigmaringen, Sigmaringen, Province of Hohenzollern, Germany
Died2 March 2016(2016-03-02) (aged 83)
Munich, Germany
Burial12 March 2016
(m. 1961)
IssuePrince Carl Christian
Princess Désirée
Prince Hubertus
German: Johann Georg Carl Leopold Eitel-Friedrich Meinrad Maria Hubertus Michael
FatherFrederick, Prince of Hohenzollern
MotherPrincess Margarete Karola of Saxony

Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern (Johann Georg Carl Leopold Eitel-Friedrich Meinrad Maria Hubertus Michael; 31 July 1932 – 2 March 2016) was a German prince, and through his marriage to Princess Birgitta of Sweden, was brother-in-law of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Prince Johann Georg was the sixth child of Frederick, Prince of Hohenzollern (Heiligendamm 30 August 1891 – Krauchenwies 6 February 1965) and his wife Princess Margarete Karola of Saxony (Dresden 24 January 1900 – Freiburg im Breisgau 16 October 1962).



The House of Hohenzollern also produced rulers of the Kingdom of Romania. King Carol I of Romania was the first king of Romania born as a Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. He was followed by his nephew Ferdinand I of Romania (1865–1927), who was adopted as heir in 1889 by his uncle and succeeded as King in 1914 upon his uncle's death. Ferdinand became the father of King Carol II of Romania and grandfather of Michael I of Romania (1921–2017), the last reigning member of the Royal Family of Romania.

Johann Georg, known as "Hansi", had six siblings:


Johann Georg met Princess Birgitta of Sweden, the sister of the current King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf in 1959 at a cocktail party while visiting friends and relatives in Germany.

On 15 December 1960, their engagement was announced by the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The civil marriage ceremony took place at the Royal Palace of Stockholm on 25 May 1961, and the religious wedding in the Sankt Johann Church at the bridegroom's family palace of Sigmaringen on 30 May/31 July 1961.[1]

Johann Georg and Birgitta separated in 1990, though they remained legally married and attended Swedish royal family events together, including the 2010 wedding of Crown Princess Victoria.[2] They celebrated their golden wedding in 2011.[1]


Johann Georg and Birgitta's marriage produced three children:

  • Prince Carl Christian of Hohenzollern (b. 5 April 1962 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany), married Nicole Helene Neschitsch (b. 22 January 1968 in Munich). They have one son.
  • Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern (b. 27 November 1963 in Munich); married firstly Heinrich Franz Josef Georg Maria, Hereditary Count of Ortenburg (b. Bamberg 1956); three children; divorced in 2002. Married secondly Eckbert von Bohlen und Halbach (b. 1956).
  • Prince Hubertus of Hohenzollern (b. 10 June 1966 in Munich), married Uta Maria König (b. Trier 25 February 1964).


Johann Georg lived in Grünwald, Munich and was a fine art expert.

From 1992 to 1998 he served as Director General of the Bavarian State Picture Collection and was also a director of the Hypo-Kunsthalle of the Hypo Cultural Foundation.

He served as a Member of Advisory Board - Europe at Christie's International plc.[3]

A patron of the arts, his 75th birthday was celebrated with a special concert in Munich.[4]


Coat of arms as Knight of the Seraphim






  1. ^ a b "Golden wedding: Princess Birgitta of Sweden & Prince Johann Georg von Hohenzollern married 50 years ago". Archived from the original on 27 August 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Royal wedding guest list published". Archived from the original on 19 June 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Johann Georg Prinz von Hohenzollern S.D." Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Dr. Johann Georg Prinz von Hohenzollern feiert 75. Geburtstag | Pressemitteilung Konzertgesellschaft München e.V." Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Presseportal". Archived from the original on 21 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 April 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Trond Norén Isaksen (9 June 2013). "Trond Norén Isaksen". Retrieved 3 March 2016.