Prince Adalbert of Prussia (1884–1948)

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Prince Adalbert
Prince Adalbert of Prussia
Prince Adalbert of Prussia (1884-1948).jpg
Born(1884-07-14)14 July 1884
Marmorpalais, Potsdam, Prussia
Died22 September 1948(1948-09-22) (aged 64)
La Tour de Peilz, Vaud, Switzerland
Burial26 September 1948
Vassin Cemetery, La Tour de Peilz, Vaud, Switzerland
Spouse Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen
IssuePrincess Victoria Marina
Prince Wilhelm Victor
Full name
Adalbert Ferdinand Berengar Viktor
House Hohenzollern
Father Wilhelm II, German Emperor
Mother Princess Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein
Prussian Royalty
House of Hohenzollern
Wappen Deutsches Reich - Reichsadler 1889.svg
Wilhelm II
Crown Prince Wilhelm
Prince Eitel Friedrich
Prince Adalbert
Prince August Wilhelm
Prince Oskar
Prince Joachim
Victoria Louise, Duchess of Brunswick

Prince Adalbert of Prussia (Adalbert Ferdinand Berengar Viktor; 14 July 1884 22 September 1948) was the third son of Wilhelm II, German Emperor by his first wife, Princess Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein.

Wilhelm II, German Emperor German Emperor and King of Prussia

Wilhelm II was the last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King of Prussia, reigning from 15 June 1888 until his abdication on 9 November 1918 shortly before Germany's defeat in World War I. He was the eldest grandchild of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and related to many monarchs and princes of Europe, most notably his first cousin King George V of the United Kingdom and Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, whose wife, Alexandra, was Wilhelm and George's first cousin.

Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein German empress

Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein was the last German empress and queen of Prussia by marriage to Wilhelm II, German Emperor.


Early life

Adalbert was born in Potsdam, Germany. He married Princess Adelheid "Adi" of Saxe-Meiningen (16 August 1891 – 25 April 1971) on 3 August 1914 in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, and had three children, five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson:

Potsdam Place in Brandenburg, Germany

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Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

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Saxe-Meiningen Former duchy in Thuringia, Germany

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Prince Wilhelm Victor of Prussia was a German nobleman, soldier and diplomat.

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Hohenthurm Stadtteil of Landsberg in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

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Kaiserliche Marine

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SMS <i>Danzig</i>

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SMS <i>Dresden</i> (1917) German light cruiser scuttled in Scapa Flow

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Regimental Commissions [2]

Chivalric Orders [2]

Order of the Black Eagle highest order of chivalry in the Kingdom of Prussia

The Order of the Black Eagle was the highest order of chivalry in the Kingdom of Prussia. The order was founded on 17 January 1701 by Elector Friedrich III of Brandenburg. In his Dutch exile after World War I, deposed Emperor Wilhelm II continued to award the order to his family. He made his second wife, Princess Hermine Reuss of Greiz, a Lady in the Order of the Black Eagle.

Order of the Red Eagle Prussian military award

The Order of the Red Eagle was an order of chivalry of the Kingdom of Prussia. It was awarded to both military personnel and civilians, to recognize valor in combat, excellence in military leadership, long and faithful service to the kingdom, or other achievements. As with most German orders, the Order of the Red Eagle could only be awarded to commissioned officers or civilians of approximately equivalent status. However, there was a medal of the order, which could be awarded to non-commissioned officers and enlisted men, lower ranking civil servants and other civilians.

Order of the Crown (Prussia) Prussias ranking order of chivalry

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Military Decorations

The Imtiyaz Medal / Imtiaz Medal or Nishan-i-Imtiaz was an Ottoman military decoration, instituted in 1882. It was presented in two classes, gold and silver. The gold medal was the highest Ottoman military decoration for gallantry. When awarded during World War I, the medal was worn with a clasp in the same type of metal as the medal. The clasp depicted crossed sabers, with the date 1333 (1915).

The Liakat Medal translated as "Medal of Merit," was a decoration of the Ottoman Empire established in 1890. It could be awarded in two classes, gold or silver. The medal was a common military decoration of the late Ottoman Empire, through the end of the First World War. The medal could also be awarded to civilians for general merit to society. In 1905, women were allowed to receive the medal for charitable work, and other civilian merit. The medal measured 25 mm in diameter came in both gold and silver classes. It was suspended from a red ribbon with narrow green side stripes. During World War I a clasp of two crossed swords was attached to the ribbon with the date AH 1333 (1915) inscribed upon them.

Iron Cross military decoration in the Kingdom of Prussia, and later in the German Empire (1870–1918) and Nazi Germany

The Iron Cross is a former military decoration in the Kingdom of Prussia, and later in the German Empire (1871–1918) and Nazi Germany (1933–1945). It was established by King Frederick William III of Prussia in March 1813 backdated to the birthday of his late wife Queen Louise on 10 March 1813 during the Napoleonic Wars. Louise was the first person to receive this decoration (posthumously). The recommissioned Iron Cross was also awarded during the Franco-Prussian War, World War I, and World War II . The Iron Cross was normally a military decoration only, though there were instances of it being awarded to civilians for performing military functions. Two examples of this were civilian test pilots Hanna Reitsch who was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class and 1st Class and Melitta Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg, who was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class, for their actions as pilots during World War II.


Adalbert died in La Tour de Peilz, Switzerland, aged 64.



  1. Kirby William Patterson,, 2002. Archived 2010-02-12 at the Wayback Machine
  2. 1 2 Schench, G. Handbuch über den Königlich Preuβischen Hof und Staat fur das Jahr 1908. Berlin, Prussia, 1907.
  3. 1 2 "Court circular". The Times (36593). London. 23 October 1901. p. 4.

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