Prince George William of Hanover


Prince George William of Hanover

Infobox Hanoverian Royalty|highness
name = Prince George William
title = Prince George William of Hanover
spouse = Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark
issue = Prince Welf Ernest
Prince George
Princess Frederica, Mrs. Jerry Cyr
royal house = House of Hanover
titles = "HRH" Prince George William of Hanover
full name = George William Ernest Augustus Frederick Axel
" _de. Georg Wilhelm Ernst August Friedrich Axel"cite web | url=http://thepeerage.com/p10113.htm#i101129| title=Georg Wilhelm Ernst August Friedrich Axel Hanover, Prince of Hanover | date=14 April 2007 | accessdate=2008-08-17 | publisher= [http://thePeerage.com thePeerage.com] | author=Darryl Lundy]
father = Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick
mother = Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia
date of birth = birth date|1915|3|25|df=yes
place of birth = Brunswick, Brunswick, Germany
date of death = death date and age|2006|1|8|1915|3|25|df=yes
place of death = Munich, Bavaria, Germany|

Prince George William of Hanover ("Georg Wilhelm Ernst August Friedrich Axel Prinz von Hannover"), Prince of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (born 25 March 1915 in Brunswick, Brunswick, Germany; died 8 January 2006 in Munich, Bavaria, Germanycite web | url=http://www.btinternet.com/~allan_raymond/Hanover_Royal_Family.htm| title=Hanover Royal Family | date=24 June 2008 | accessdate=2008-08-17 | publisher= [http://www.btinternet.com/~allan_raymond/Monarchies_of_Europe.htm Monarchies of Europe website] | author=Allan Raymond] ) was the second eldest son of Ernest Augustus III, Duke of Brunswick and his wife Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia, the only daughter of Wilhelm II, German Emperor and Augusta Viktoria of Schleswig-Holstein.

Life

George William was christened on 10 May 1915 in Brunswick.cite news | last = | first = | coauthors = | title = Announcements | work = | pages = | language = German | publisher = Neue Preußische Zeitung | date = 11 May 1915 | url = | accessdate = 2008-09-17 ] The prince's godparents included Maria Christina of Austria, Prince Axel of Denmark, and Princess Olga of Hanover and Cumberland who held the infant prince over the baptismal font.

From 1930 through 1934, Prince George William attended the elite boarding school Schule Schloss Salem in Überlingen on Lake Constance. Schule Schloss Salem was co-founded by the prince's uncle, the last Chancellor of the German Empire, Prince Maximilian of Baden, and educator Kurt Hahn in 1920. Prince George William was a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and of the Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (DOSB). From 1948 to 1959, the prince headed the Schule Schloss Salem.

Prince George William of Hanover died in 2006 of a brain aneurysm whilst in India. His wife, Sophie, sister of Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, later Duke of Edinburgh, consort of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, died in 2001.

Prince George formerly lived in Schliersee, near Munich.

Marriage and issue

On 23 April 1946 in Salem, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Prince George William married Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark, daughter of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg, and the widow of the late Prince Christoph of Hesse.

Prince and Princess George William had three children:

* "His Royal Highness" Prince Welf Ernst of Hanover (25 January 194710 January 1981)
* "His Royal Highness" Prince Georg of Hanover (born 9 December 1949)
* "Her Royal Highness" Princess Friederike of Hanover (born 15 October 1954)

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

*25 March 19158 January 2006: "His Royal Highness" Prince George William of Hanover, Prince of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg

Ancestry

George William was a descendant of Victoria of the United Kingdom and Albert, Prince Consort through their eldest daughter Victoria, Princess Royal, the wife of Frederick III, German Emperor. His sister, Princess Friederike of Hanover married Paul I, King of the Hellenes.

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1=1. Prince George William of Hanover
2=2. Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick
3=3. Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia
4=4. Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover
5=5. Princess Thyra of Denmark
6=6. William II, German Emperor
7=7. Princess Auguste Viktoria of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
8=8. George V of Hanover
9=9. Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg
10=10. Christian IX of Denmark
11=11. Princess Louise of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel)
12=12. Frederick III, German Emperor
13=13. Victoria, Princess Royal
14=14. Frederick VIII, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
15=15. Princess Adelheid of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
16=16. Ernest Augustus I of Hanover
17=17. Duchess Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
18=18. Joseph, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
19=19. Amelia of Württemberg
20=20. Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
21=21. Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel)
22=22. Prince William of Hesse
23=23. Princess Louise Charlotte of Denmark
24=24. William I, German Emperor
25=25. Augusta of Saxe-Weimar
26=26. Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
27=27. Victoria of the United Kingdom
28=28. Christian, Duke of August of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
29=29. Countess Lovisa-Sophie Danneskjold-Samsøe
30=30. Ernst, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
31=31. Princess Feodora of Leiningen

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