Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia

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Prince Franz Wilhelm
Prince of Prussia
prev. Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich of Russia
Born (1943-09-03) 3 September 1943 (age 79)
Spouse Maria Vladimirovna, Grand Duchess of Russia
(m. 1976; div. 1985)
Issue Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia
House Hohenzollern
Father Prince Karl Franz of Prussia
Mother Princess Henriette of Schönaich-Carolath

Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia[1] (Franz Wilhelm Victor Christoph Stephan; 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.[2] As a descendant of Wilhelm II, he is also a great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria and a fourth cousin of Charles, Prince of Wales.


Coat of arms of the German Empire (1871-1918)
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HRH Princess Marie Cécile
HRH Prince Christian-Sigismund
HRH Princess Christian-Sigismund

Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia was born in Grünberg, Silesia, as the son of Prince Karl Franz of Prussia (1916–1975) and his first wife Princess Henriette von Schönaich-Carolath (1918–1972).[2][3][4] 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 William II.[2][5]

In 2002 Prince Franz Wilhelm with Theodor Tantzen founded the Prinz von Preussen development company, which restores old buildings in Germany.[6] In 2004, with financing from a group of investors, he purchased the Royal Porcelain Manufacture Berlin, saving it from insolvency.[7]

Personal life

Prince Franz Wilhelm married his third cousin once-removed, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia (a great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria), in a civil marriage at Dinard on 4 September 1976 and religiously on 22 September 1976 in Madrid.[4][8] Following 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.[5][9][10] Prince Franz Wilhelm and Grand Duchess Maria had one son before divorcing in 1986, at which point he reverted to his previous title.[4][5][8]

Titles, styles and honours

  • 3 September 1943 - 22 September 1976: His Royal Highness Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia'[3][4][11]
  • 22 September 1976 - 19 June 1985: His Imperial and Royal Highness Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich of Russia, Prince of Prussia[5][10][2]
  • 19 June 1985 - Present: His Royal Highness Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia[4][8]
National Honours
Foreign Honours


Family of Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia
16. Frederick III, German Emperor
8. William II, German Emperor
17. Victoria, Princess Royal
4. Prince Joachim of Prussia
18. Frederick VIII, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
9. Princess Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
19. Princess Adelheid of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
2. Prince Karl Franz of Prussia
20. Frederick I, Duke of Anhalt
10. Eduard, Duke of Anhalt
21. Princess Antoinette of Saxe-Altenburg
5. Princess Marie-Auguste of Anhalt
22. Prince Moritz of Saxe-Altenburg
11. Princess Louise Charlotte of Saxe-Altenburg
23. Princess Augusta of Saxe-Meiningen
1. Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia
24. Prince Ferdinand Heinrich von Schönaich-Carolath
12. Prince George Heinrich Friedrich von Schönaich-Carolath
25. Princess Johanna Friederike Reuss (Younger Line)
6. Prince Johann George von Schönaich-Carolath
26. Prince Ludwig Ferdinand von Schönaich-Carolath
13. Princess Wanda Adelheid Bianca von Schönaich-Carolath
27. Countess Wanda Hedwig Henckel von Donnersmarck
3. Princess Henriette von Schönaich-Carolath
28. Henrich XX, Prince Reuss-Greiz
14. Heinrich XXII, Prince Reuss (Elder Line)
29. Princess Caroline Amalie of Hesse-Homburg
7. Princess Hermine Reuss (Elder Line)
30. Adolf I, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe
15. Princess Ida of Schaumburg-Lippe
31. Princess Hermine of Waldeck and Pyrmont


  1. 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.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Eilers, Marlene. Queen Victoria's Descendants. Rosvall Royal Books, Falkoping, Sweden, 1997. pp. 84, 121, 127, 172-173. ISBN 91-630-5964-9
  3. 3.0 3.1 Almanach de Gotha, Gotha: Justus Perthes, 1944), pp. 89, 92.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser Band XIV. "Haus Preussen". C.A. Starke Verlag, 1997, p. 123, 153. ISBN 3-7980-0700-4
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, pp. 77, 99, 111, 799. (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
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  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Willis, Daniel A., The Descendants of King George I of Great Britain, Clearfield Company, 2002, p. 575, 696.
  9. Dynastic Succession
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Massie, Robert K. The Romanovs: The Final Chapter. Jonathan Cape, 1995, pp. 263-264, 269-270, 274. ISBN 0-224-04192-4, OCLC 185630578.
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Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia
Born: 3 September 1943
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Baroness Matilda von Twickel
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Victoria, Princess Royal, daughter of Queen Victoria
Succeeded by
Prince Franz Friedrich of Prussia
Titles in pretence
Preceded by Line of succession to the German throne
9th position
Succeeded by
Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia