Prince Sigismund of Prussia (1896–1978)

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Prince Sigismund
Prince Sigismund of Prussia
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Born (1896-11-27)27 November 1896
Kiel, Germany
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Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Spouse Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Altenburg (m. 1919)
Issue Barbara, Duchess Christian Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Prince Alfred
Full name
Wilhelm Viktor Karl August Heinrich Sigismund
House Hohenzollern
Father Prince Henry of Prussia
Mother Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine

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Prince Sigismund of Prussia (Wilhelm Viktor Karl August Heinrich Sigismund; 27 November 1896 at Kiel – 14 November 1978 at Puntarenas, Costa Rica), was the second son of Prince Henry of Prussia and his wife, Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine.[1] He was a nephew of Kaiser Wilhelm II and Tsarina Alexandra of Russia and a great-grandson of Queen Victoria through both his parents.[1]


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Sigismund with his older brother and their parents.

Marriage and issue

On 11 July 1919 at Hemmelmark, he married Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Altenburg (4 March 1899 – 16 February 1989), eldest daughter of Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg. They had two children:[2][1]

  • Princess Barbara of Prussia (2 August 1920 – 31 May 1994) married 5 July 1954 Duke Christian Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and had issue:
    • Duchess Donata of Mecklenburg (b. 11 March 1956) married 14 August 1987 Alexander von Solodkoff (b. 1951) and had issue:
      • Thyra von Solodkoff (b. 12 October 1989)
      • Alix von Solodkoff (b. 17 March 1992)
      • Niklot von Solodkoff (b. 8 December 1994)
    • Duchess Edwina of Mecklenburg (b. 25 September. 1960) married 20 September 1995 Konrad von Posern (b.1964) and had issue:
      • Leopold von Posern (b. 27 February 1996)
      • Friedrich von Posern (b. 14 June 1997)
      • Ferdinand von Posern (b. 19 June 1999)
  • Prince Alfred of Prussia (17 August 1924 - 5 June 2013) married 15 December 1984 Maritza Farkas (6 August 1929 – 1 November 1996), no issue.

Costa Rica

In 1927, Prince Sigismund and his family resettled in Costa Rica.[3] He planned to engage in banana and coffee planting on land he owned there. They were accompanied by only a governess, as the children were still young.[3]

Sigismund died in Puntarenas on 14 November 1978.


Family of Prince Sigismund of Prussia (1896–1978)
16. Frederick William III of Prussia
8. Wilhelm I, German Emperor
17. Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
4. Frederick III, German Emperor
18. Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
9. Augusta of Saxe-Weimar
19. Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia
2. Prince Heinrich of Prussia
20. Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
10. Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
21. Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
5. Victoria, Princess Royal
22. Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and Strathearn
11. Victoria of the United Kingdom
23. Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
1. Prince Sigismund of Prussia
24. Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse
12. Prince Karl of Hesse and by Rhine
25. Princess Wilhelmine of Baden
6. Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse
26. Prince Wilhelm of Prussia
13. Princess Elizabeth of Prussia
27. Landgravine Maria Anna of Hesse-Homburg
3. Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine
28. Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha = 20
14. Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha = 10
29. Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg = 21
7. Princess Alice of the United Kingdom
30. Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and Strathearn = 22
15. Victoria of the United Kingdom = 11
31. Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld = 23

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Eilers, Marlene. Queen Victoria's Descendants. Rosvall Royal Books, Falkoping, Sweden, 1997. pp. 27-28, 131, 173. ISBN 91-630-5964-9
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