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  1. Prince Wilhelm Karl of Prussia (Wilhelm Karl Adalbert Erich Detloff; 30 January 1922, in Potsdam – 9 April 2007, in Holzminden) was the third son of Prince Oskar of Prussia, and the last surviving grandson of Wilhelm II, the last German Emperor.

  2. Prince Wilhelm-Karl of Prussia. Wilhelm Karl Adalbert Erich Detloff Prince of Prussia (30 January 1922, in Potsdam – 9 April 2007, in Holzminden) was the third son of Prince Oskar of Prussia, and the last surviving grandson of Wilhelm II, the last German Emperor. He was the thirty-sixth Master of Knights ( Herrenmeister) of the ancient and ...

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    Born as HSH Prince Wilhelm Karl Florestan Gero Crescentius of Urach, Count of Württemberg, he was the elder son of Wilhelm, 1st Duke of Urach (the head of a morganatic branch of the Royal House of the then-Kingdom of Württemberg), and his second wife, Princess Florestine of Monaco, occasional acting Regent of Monaco (daughter of Prince Florestan I of Monaco). At the age of four Wilhelm succeeded his father as Duke of Urach. He was born and spent much of his childhood in Monaco, where his mother Florestine often managed the government while her nephew, Prince Albert I of Monaco, was out of the country on extended oceanographic excursions. Wilhelm was culturally francophone.

    Through his mother, Wilhelm was the legitimate heir eventual to the throne of Monaco. Wilhelm's cousin Prince Albert I of Monaco had only one son Louis who was unmarried and had no legitimate children. The French Republic, however, was reluctant to see a German prince ruling Monaco. Under French pressure Monaco passed a law in 1911 recognising Louis's illegitimate daughter, Charlotte, as heir; she was adopted in 1918 by her grandfather Prince Albert I. Wilhelm was relegated to third in line to Monaco's throne, behind Louis and Charlotte. Further, in July 1918 France and Monaco signed a treaty requiring that all future princes of Monaco must be French or Monegasque citizens, and must be approved by the French government.After the accession of Prince Louis II in 1922, Wilhelm renounced his rights of succession to the throne of Monaco in favour of distant French cousins, the counts of Chabrillan, in 1924. In 1913 Wilhelm was one of several princes considered for the throne of Albania;...

    Typical of his family, Wilhelm entered the army in 1883 and was a professional general by the outbreak of World War I in 1914, commanding the 26th Infantry Division. Until November 1914 they were part of the German assault on France and then Belgium, where Wilhelm's sister-in-law was queen. In December 1914 the division fought in the battle to cross the Bzura river in Poland. From June to September 1915 the division moved from north of Warsaw to positions close to the Neman River, an advance of hundreds of miles in the campaign in which Poland was taken. In October–November 1915 it took part in the assault on Serbia, moving from west of Belgrade to Kraljevo in less than a month. At Ypres in Belgium from December 1915 to July 1916, the division was largely destroyed in the Somme battles from August to November 1916, holding the Schwaben Redoubt(Swabia is part of Württemberg). Wilhelm retired as divisional general on 5 January 1917. In 1917–18 he was "Kommandierender General" of 64th...

    On 4 June 1918 the Council of Lithuaniavoted to invite Wilhelm to become the king of a newly independent Lithuania. Wilhelm agreed and was elected on 11 July 1918, taking the name Mindaugas II. His election can be explained by several factors: 1. he was Roman Catholic (the dominant religion in Lithuania); 2. he was not a member of the House of Hohenzollern, the family to which belonged the German Emperor William II who wanted Lithuania to be a monarchy in personal union with Prussia; 3. the Treaty of Brest-Litovskof March 1918 had established Germany's power in the region, for the time being; 4. he had had a successful military career; 5. if the Central Powershad won the war, Lithuania could have expected German protection in the event of future intrusions by Russia. According to Wilhelm's agreement with the Council of Lithuania he had to live in Lithuania and speak its language. From the beginning Wilhelm's reign was controversial. The four socialists of the twenty members of the C...

    Wilhelm was married twice. In 1892, he married Duchess Amalie in Bavaria (1865–1912), daughter of Karl-Theodor, Duke in Bavaria, a niece of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, and a direct descendant of the Lithuanian princess Louise Caroline Radvila of Biržai. Nine children were born of this marriage: 1. Princess Marie Gabriele (1893–1908) 2. Princess Elizabeth (1894–1962) who married Prince Karl of Liechtenstein (1878–1955), an uncle of Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein, and had issue. 3. Princess Karola (1896–1980) 4. Prince Wilhelm of Urach (1897–1957), who morganatically marriedElisabeth Theurer (1899–1988) and had two daughters, Elisabeth and Marie Christine, neither of whom married. 5. Karl Gero, Duke of Urach (1899–1981), 3rd Duke, who married Countess Gabriele of Waldburg-Zeil(1910–2005). No issue. 6. Princess Margarete of Urach (1901–1975) 7. Prince Albrecht (1903–1969). Married first Rosemary Blackadder and second Ute Waldschmidt, divorced both of them and had issue by b...

    In 1921 the former king Wilhelm II of Württemberg died, without leaving a male heir. While the 2nd duke of Urach was technically the senior male descendant from the Württemberg royal family, it had already been decided that the succession would pass to his cousin Duke Albrecht because of the morganatic marriage of the parents of the first duke of Urach.

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  3. Biography. Wilhelm-Karl was the youngest of Prince Oskar of Prussia and Countess Ina Marie von Bassewitz's four children. Having been admitted to the Bailiwick of Brandenburg of the Order of Saint John of the Hospital at Jerusalem (known unofficially as the Johanniterorden, the Protestant successor of the mediaeval Knights Hospitaller) in 1944, he later succeeded his father as its head ...

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    Oscar Charles Gutav Adolf Hohenzollern (1888-1973) was a son of Kaiser Wilhelm II. He was given the title of Prince of Prussia. He became an early supporter of the NAZIs.


    Prince Oskar morganatically married Countess Ina-Marie von Bassewitz (1888-1973). Her parents were Count Karl Heinrich von Bassewitz-Levetzow and Countess Margarete Cäcilie von der Schulenburg. Ina-Marie was created Countess of Ruppin. The year of the marraige, 1914, was a fatefull one for German royalty as it was the year World War I broke out.

    There were three siblings, two brothers and a sister. Prince Wilhelm-Karl was the youngest in the family.

    We have no information on his childhood at this time. As he was born January 30, 1922 at Potsdam, Germany. It was after his grandfather had abdigated and the Hohenzollern's were no longer the German ruling family. His childhood was thus very different than his father's childhood. Almost surely as he was 11 years old when the NAZIs seized power and his father was an ardent NAZI, he must have joined the Hitler Youth.

    As a boy, Wilhelm-Karl like his brothers, wore dresses, a fashion that was becoming less common for boys after World War I in the 1920s. He wears a white dress at about age 4. His dress was different from that of his sister in that it was a "A"-line dress without a waist. His sister also wore a white dress, but it had a definite low waist, presumably with a bow in back. I'm not sure when he was breeched, but he looks to still be wearing dresses at age 4 years. He is pictured here about 1927 or 28 wearing a long pants sailor and strap shoes with older sister Princess Herzeleide (figure 2). He had both long pants and short pants sailor suits. We are not sure what color the strap shoes were, but the look identical to the ones worn by his sister. They do not look black. Many boys who normally wore short pants might have a long pants sailor suit. We are not sure what determined whether he woire long or short ontsxwith hith his sailor suits. Actually the long pants suits were common among...

    Wilhelm-Karl was 10-years old when Hitler and the NAZIs seized power. As the son of a prominant right-wing supporter and eventually NAZI-supporter, presumbly he joined the Hitler Youth (HJ). We have no information yet, however, on his involvement as a boy with the HJ.

    Wilhelm-Karl's older brother, Oskar, was killed during the fighting in Poland at the beginning of the War (September 1939). His cousin Wilhelm was wounded in France (June 1940) and died. The outpouring of grief for the two princes caused Hitler to ban Hohenzollerns and Hapsburgs, with a few exceptions from serving in the military. This Wilhelm-Karl, although of military age, did not serve in the War. After the War, Wilhelm-Karl wrote a book about the July Bomb Plot to kill Hitler. Several participants werecmembers of the Johanniterorden.

    Wilhelm-Karl joined he Protestant Bailiwick of the Order of Saint John of the Hospital at Jerusalem--the Johanniterorden) (1944). This was a fratenal/charitable organization. His father who had been an early NAZI supporter, managed to keep it out of NAZI hands. The NAZIs made a major effort to take over and centralize welfare organizations. These organizations before the NAZIs were largely church groups. Wilhelm-Karl succeeded his father as head of the group. He served as the thirty-sixth Herrenmeister ("Master of the Knights") of the Order (1958-99). He worked to keep the Order intact during the Cold War. He worked to reunite its membership after the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989).

    Wilhelm-Karl married Armgard von Veltheim (1926- ). Armgard was born in Detroit, Michigan in the United States. Her parents were Freidrich Bertram Hans and Ottonie Luise Sophie von Alvensleben. The marriage was a civil ceremony on March 1, 1952 at Destedt, near Brunswick, Germany.

    There were three children: Prince Donata Victoria Ina Maria (1952- ), Prince Wilhelm Karl Oskar F. (1955- ), and Prince Oskar Michael Hans Karl (1959- ).

    Hophenzollern, Wilhelm-Karl and Gen-Lt Bernd frhr Freytag von Loringhoven. Johanniter and the July 20, 1944 Plot(1989).

  4. 29/05/2016 · Prince Wilhelm Karl of Prussia (6 generations) 1. Prince Wilhelm Karl of Prussia Born 30 January 1922 Potsdam 2. Prince Oskar of Prussia Born 27 July 1888 Marmor Palais, Potsdam

  5. Prince Wilhelm Karl of Prussia ( Wilhelm Karl Adalbert Erich Detloff; 30 January 1922, in Potsdam – 9 April 2007, in Holzminden) was the third son of Prince Oskar of Prussia, and the last surviving grandson of Wilhelm II, the last German Emperor.