Prince Friedrich Sigismund of Prussia (1891–1927)

Friedrich Sigismund
Prince of Prussia
Born (1891-12-17)17 December 1891
Jagdschloss Klein-Glienicke, Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia
Died 6 July 1927(1927-07-06) (aged 35)
Lucerne, Switzerland
Spouse Marie Louise of Schaumburg-Lippe
Issue Princess Louise Viktoria
Prince Friedrich Karl
House House of Hohenzollern
Father Prince Friedrich Leopold of Prussia
Mother Princess Louise Sophie of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
Prussian royalty
House of Hohenzollern
Descendants of Frederick William III
Great Great Grandchildren
Princess Victoria Margaret
Prince Friedrich Sigismund
Prince Friedrich Karl
Prince Friedrich Leopold
Princess Marie Therese
Princess Luise Henriette
Princess Marianne of Prussia
Princess Elisabeth
Great Great Great Grandchildren
Princes Luise Victoria
Prince Friedrich Karl

Prince Joachim Viktor Wilhelm Leopold Friedrich Sigismund of Prussia (17 December 1891 – 6 July 1927) was a German World War I fighter pilot and member of the House of Hohenzollern. He was the son of Prince Friedrich Leopold of Prussia and Princess Louise Sophie of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg, married in 1916.

Early life

At Glenicke Castle, Prince Joachim Viktor Wilhelm Leopold Friedrich Sigismund was born to Prince Friedrich Leopold of Prussia and his wife Princess Louise Sophie of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg on 17 December 1891. He was their second child and eldest son; his siblings would come to include Princess Victoria Margaret, Prince Friedrich Karl, and Prince Friedrich Leopold.

Waiting to be taken-off

Like some other Hohenzollerns like Prince Heinrich of Prussia, Friedrich was greatly interested in aviation.[1] In 1911, he began building an aeroplane at Glenicke Castle, with the hopes of trying it out the following spring.[1] In 1917, he and his brother Friedrich Karl joined the German flying corps.[2] Later that year, his brother died from war wounds.

Marriage and issue

On April 27, 1916 he married at Jagdschloss Klein-Glienicke in Berlin Princess Marie Louise of Schaumburg-Lippe (a daughter of Prince Friedrich of Schaumburg-Lippe and Princess Louise of Denmark).

They had two children:[3]


He and his wife were great lovers of riding and horses, and he was considered one of the best horsemen in Germany.[3] The couple spent most of their time raising and training horses at their Mecklenburg estate, as well as at their estate at Glienicke Castle near Potsdam.[3] He and his wife were great social favorites, and Friedrich was popular with the German people.[5]

On 5 July 1927 at age 35 at Lucerne, Switzerland, Frederich Sigismund fell from a horse.[3][5] He was riding in an international tournament; while doing a difficult jump, he fell and his foot got caught in a stirrup.[3][5] Before he was able to free himself, the horse trod his chest multiple times, breaking five ribs and causing other injuries.[3] He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died the following day from his injuries.[3]

His body was brought back to Potsdam, where a ceremonial funeral was held. Important members of the Hohenzollern dynasty attended, including former Crown Prince Wilhelm and his brother Prince Eitel Friedrich of Prussia.[6] He was buried at Glienicke Palace, next to his sister Princess Victoria Margaret of Prussia.[6]

Regimental Commissions [7]

Chivalric Orders [7]

Military Decorations (1914-1918)



  1. 1 2 "Prince Builds An Aero", The Washington Post, Berlin, 20 February 1911
  2. "Princes Join Aero Corps", The Washington Post, Amsterdam, 16 January 1917
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Prince Sigismund Dies After Riding Accident", The New York Times, Berlin, 7 July 1927
  4. "Lady Hermione Stuart Wed to German Prince", The New York Times, Berlin, 14 December 1961
  5. 1 2 3 "Prussian Prince Dies; Hurt in Tournament", The Washington Post, Lucerne, Switzerland, 7 July 1927
  6. 1 2 "German Prince's Body Is Brought To Potsdam", The New York Times, Berlin, 1 July 1927
  7. 1 2 Schench, G. Handbuch über den Königlich Preuβischen Hof und Staat fur das Jahr 1908. Berlin, Prussia, 1907.
  8. "Court Circular". The Times (36645). London. 23 December 1901. p. 7.


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