Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia
|Prince Franz Wilhelm|
|Born||3 September 1943|
Grünberg, Silesia, Nazi Germany (now Poland)
(m. 1976; div. 1985)
|Father||Prince Karl Franz of Prussia|
|Mother||Princess Henriette of Schönaich-Carolath|
Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia (Franz Wilhelm Victor Christoph Stephan Prinz von Preussen; born 3 September 1943) is a German businessman and member of the House of Hohenzollern, the former ruling German imperial house and royal house of Prussia. From 1976 to 1986 he was known as Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich of Russia.
Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia was born in Grünberg, Silesia, as the son of Prince Karl Franz of Prussia and his first wife Princess Henriette von Schönaich-Carolath. He had a twin brother, Prince Friedrich Christian, who died three weeks after his birth. Prince Franz Wilhelm is a grandson of Prince Joachim of Prussia, the youngest son of Emperor Wilhelm II.
In 2002 Prince Franz Wilhelm with Theodor Tantzen founded the Prinz von Preussen development company, which restores old buildings in Germany. In 2004, with financing from a group of investors, he purchased the Royal Porcelain Manufactury Berlin, saving it from insolvency.
Prince Franz Wilhelm married his third cousin once removed, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, civilly at Dinard on 4 September 1976 and religiously on 22 September 1976 at the Russian Orthodox Chapel in Madrid. Before his marriage he converted to the Russian Orthodox faith and was created a Grand Duke of Russia with the name Mikhail Pavlovich by his father-in-law Grand Duke Vladimir of Russia. Prince Franz Wilhelm and Grand Duchess Maria had one son before divorcing on 19 June 1985 (they separated in 1982), at which point he reverted to his previous title. He married Nadia Nour in 2019.
Titles, styles and honours
Titles and styles
In 1919 royalty and nobility were mandated to lose their privileges in Germany; thereafter hereditary titles were to be legally borne only as part of the surname, according to Article 109 of the Weimar Constitution. Styles such as majesty and highness were not retained.
- 3 September 1943 – 22 September 1976: His Royal Highness Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia'
- 22 September 1976 – 19 June 1985: His Imperial and Royal Highness Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich of Russia, Prince of Prussia
- 19 June 1985 – present: His Royal Highness Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia
- Knight Grand Cross of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
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