Thursday, February 26, 2015

Royal Profile: Prince Ernest-August V of Hanover

Prince Ernst August Albert Paul Otto Rupprecht Oskar Berthold Friedrich-Ferdinand Christian-Ludwig of Hanover was born on 26 February 1954 as the eldest son of Ernst August, Hereditary Prince of Brunswick (1914-1987) and his first wife, Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (1925-1980) {Source}. He has one older sister, two younger brothers and two younger sisters {Source}:
  • Princess Marie of Hanover, Countess von Houchberg (1952)
  • Prince Lugwig of Hanover (1955-1988)
  • Princess Olga of Hanover (1958)
  • Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Princess of Leiningen (1959)
  • Prince Heinrich of Hanover (1961)
He has been married twice. He was married to Chantal Hochuli from 1981-1997, producing two sons {Source}:
  • Prince Ernest August of Hanover (1983)
  • Prince Christian of Hanover (1985)
He married secondly to Princess Caroline of Monaco on 23 January 1999, together, they have one daughter{Source}:
  • Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Marym Virginia of Hanover (1999)
It is rumored (but has never been confirmed) that Prince Ernest and Princess Caroline separated when she moved back to Monaco. They have not been seen together publicly since 2009, however, his sons from his first marriage have been seen with her 

The prince is not without controversy! He was photographed urinating on the Turkish Pavilion at the Expo 2000 event in Hanover, causing a diplomatic incident and a complaint from the Turkish embassy accusing him of insulting the Turkish people. He successfully sued those who published (Bild-Zeitung) the photograph for invasion of privacy, obtaining an award of 9,900 euros, although the paper had previously published a photo of Ernst August urinating outside a hospital in Austria. In 2004, he was convicted of aggravated assault and causing grievous bodily harm after beating a man with a knuckleduster{Source}

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