Princess Friederike of Hanover

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Princess Friederike
Princess Friederike, Mrs. Jerry Cyr
Born (1954-10-15) 15 October 1954 (age 67)
Salem, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Spouse Jerry William Cyr
Issue Julia Emma Cyr
Jean-Paul Welf Cyr
Full name
Frederica Elisabeth Victoria-Louise Alice Olga Theodora Helena
German: Friederike Elisabeth Viktoria-Luise Alice Olga Theodora Helena
House Hanover
Father Prince George William of Hanover
Mother Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark

Princess Friederike of Hanover[1][2][3][4] (German: Friederike Elisabeth Viktoria-Luise Alice Olga Theodora Helena, Prinzessin von Hannover, Prinzessin von Großbritannien und Irland, Herzogin zu Braunschweig-Lüneburg), (born 15 October 1954 at Salem, Baden-Württemberg, Germany) is the youngest child and only daughter of Prince George William of Hanover and his wife Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark, sister of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Queen Sofia of Spain and Constantine II of Greece are paternal first cousins of Friederike, while she is a first cousin, through her mother, to Charles, Prince of Wales and a goddaughter of Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

She attended Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada in the late 1970s.[5]

Prior to her marriage and move to Canada, Friederike was often mentioned in media reports as a potential bride for Charles, Prince of Wales.[5][3]

Marriage and issue

Friederike married Jerry William Cyr (born 16 January 1951), son of Gordon Paul Cyr and Emma Grandbois, on 17 August 1979 in Vancouver, Canada. Frederike and Jerry have two children:

  • Julia Emma Cyr (born 17 September 1982 at St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
  • Jean-Paul Welf Cyr (born 6 March 1985 at Grace Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 15 October 1954 – 17 August 1979: Her Royal Highness[2][3][4] Princess Friederike of Hanover
  • 17 August 1979 – present: Her Royal Highness Princess Friederike of Hanover, Mrs. Jerry Cyr


  1. In 1919 royalty and nobility were mandated to lose their privileges in Germany, hereditary titles were to be legally borne thereafter only as part of the surname, according to Article 109 of the Weimar Constitution. Styles such as majesty and highness were not retained.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Montgomery-Massinberd, Hugh (1972). Burke's Guide to the Royal Family. London: Burke's Peerage, Ltd. p. 290. ISBN 0-220-66222-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Eilers, Marlene. Queen Victoria's Descendants. Rosvall Royal Books, Falkoping, Sweden, 1997. p. 129. ISBN 91-630-5964-9
  4. 4.0 4.1 de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, pp. 60-62, 71. (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  5. 5.0 5.1 Princess in hiding in B.C. a bride for Prince Charles?


Princess Friederike of Hanover
Cadet branch of the House of Welf
Born: 15 October 1954
British royalty
Preceded by
Leopold Falk
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Victoria, Princess Royal, daughter of Queen Victoria
Succeeded by
Jean-Paul Cyr