|Prince of Hohenzollern|
|Tenure||16 September 2010 – present|
|Born||20 April 1952|
Sigmaringen, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
|Spouse||Countess Alexandra Schenck von Stauffenberg|
Katharina Maria de Zomer
|Issue||Alexander, Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern|
|Father||Friedrich Wilhelm, Prince of Hohenzollern|
|Mother||Princess Margarita of Leiningen|
Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern (given names: Karl Friedrich Emich Meinrad Benedikt Fidelis Maria Michael Gerold; born 20 April 1952) is the eldest son of the late Friedrich Wilhelm, Prince of Hohenzollern and Princess Margarita of Leiningen. He became head of the Roman Catholic Swabian branch of the House of Hohenzollern upon his father's death on 16 September 2010.
Education and career
Karl Friedrich studied business administration at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
He is the chairman and sole owner of Unternehmensgruppe Fürst von Hohenzollern (Corporate Group Prince of Hohenzollern), including real estate and forests with 400 employees, and owns a 50% share in the Zollern GmbH und Co. KG (steelworks, transmission technics) with 2800 employees. The Prince himself is voice, saxophonist and leader of the music band Royal Groovin'.
He has been a member of the Advisory Board of Südwestbank, a member of the Advisory Board of Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) since 2007 and a member of the Southwest Regional Advisory Board of Commerzbank since 2008.
According to the suspended 1938 Constitution of Romania, Karl Friedrich is heir to the throne since 2017, upon the death of former King Michael. However, in a 2009 interview, he stated that he had no interest in the defunct Romanian throne.
Marriage and children
Karl Friedrich married Countess Alexandra Schenck von Stauffenberg on 17 May 1985 in the Beuron Archabbey, Baden-Württemberg. They were divorced on 21 January 2010, in Sigmaringen. They have four children:
- Alexander Friedrich Antonius Johannes, Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern (b. 16 March 1987)
- Princess Philippa Marie Carolina Isabelle of Hohenzollern (b. 2 November 1988)
- Princess Flaminia Pia Eilika Stephanie of Hohenzollern (b. 9 January 1992), married Baron Károly von Stipsicz de Ternova (b. 13 June 1990) at Sigmaringen Castle
- Princess Antonia Elisabeth Georgina Tatiana of Hohenzollern (b. 22 June 1995)
On 17 July 2010, Karl Friedrich married for the second time with Katharina Maria "Nina" de Zomer (born 1959).
Karl Friedrich lives on his hunting estate Josefslust House, whereas the nearby hunting lodge is used by his brother Albrecht (born 1954) and the nearby Krauchenwies estate by his divorced wife, Princess Alexandra. Furthermore, he owns Umkirch Castle and, as head of the princely Sigmaringen branch of the house of Hohenzollern, has a 1/3 ownership share in Hohenzollern Castle, together with the head of the royal branch, Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia.
He has his offices at Sigmaringen Castle which is also open to the public and is used for family weddings and other ceremonial occasions.
Titles and styles
- Present: His Highness Karl Friedrich Prince of Hohenzollern
|Ancestors of Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern|
- Jive and Candies (2003, Charly and the Jivemates)
- Jump for Joy (2007, Charly and the Jivemates)
- Just Friends (2010, with Frieder Berlin Trio)
- Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XIX. "Haus Hohenzollern". C.A. Starke Verlag, 2011, pp. 32-33, 260. ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6.
- "Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg Advisory Board".
- "Commerzbank: Geschaeftsbericht 2008".
- (in Romanian) "Karl Friedrich of Hohenzollern: "Radu Duda's Hohenzollern title is a farce" Archived 12 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Cotidianul, 10 June 2009
- "SATIN DOLL PRODUCTIONS - Charly and the Jivemates: Jive and Candies". www.satindoll.de.
- "SATIN DOLL PRODUCTIONS - Charly and the Jivemates: Jump For Joy (K.F. von Hohenzollern, Rettenmaier, Berlin, Müller, Schmidt, Gerhold)". www.satindoll.de.
- "SATIN DOLL PRODUCTIONS - Karl Friedrich von Hohenzollern & Frieder Berlin Trio: Just Friends - (Hohenzollern, Berlin, Schuller, Schmidt)". www.satindoll.de.