Thursday, June 1, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Christian of Hanover

Prince Christian Heinrich Clemens Paul Frank Peter Welf Wilhelm-Ernst Friedrich Franz of Hanover was born 1 June 1985 as the second son of Prince Ernst-August of Hanover & Chantall Houchuli {Source}.  He has an older brother, a soon-to-be sister-in-law, two paternal stepbrothers, a paternal stepsister-in-law, a paternal stepsister, a paternal half sister and two paternal step nephews{Source}:

  1. Prince Ernst-August of Hanover (1983)
    1. Ekaterina Malysheva (marriage expected in July 2017)
  2. Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi (1984, stepbrother)
  3. Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (1986, stepsister)
    1. Raphaël Casiraghi-Elmaleh (2013, stepnephew)
  4. Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi (1987, stepbrother)
    1. Beatrice Borromero-Casiraghi (1985, stepsister-in-law)
      1. Stefano Ercole Carlo Casiraghi-Borromeo (2017, stepnephew)
  5. Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Marym Virginia of Hanover (1999, half sister)
Prince Christian was baptized on 14 July 1985 at Marienburg Castle. The following were named as his godfathers:

  • Prince Heinrich Julius of Hanover (paternal uncle)
  • Prince Clemens of Croÿ
  • Paul Schenker
  • Frank Hochuli (maternal uncle)
  • Count Peter Seilern
  • Prince Welf Henry of Hanover (paternal great uncle)
  • Baron Wilhelm-Ernst of Clamm 
  • Friedrich Franz, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Per Hanoverian tradition, he is named for his godfathers.

In recent years, he has attended various royal events. In 2005, he and his brother represented their father (who was ill at the time) at the investiture of their step-uncle as Sovereign Prince of Monaco in July and attended Monaco's National Day celebrations in November. In 2011, they were again in Monaco, this time to attend their stepuncle's wedding to Charlene Wittstock{Source}. In 2015, he attended the funeral service of his great aunt, Alexandra Prinzessin von Hannover {Source}.

He is second in line for the Hanover Throne and distantly in succession for the British Throne.

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