Prince Ernst August of Hanover (born 1983)

Prince Ernst August
Hereditary Prince of Hanover
2014-05-16 Landesausstellung Als die Royals aus Hannover kamen, Opernhaus, (163) Ernst August Prinz von Hannover und Landesbischof Ralf Meister.jpg
Ernst August (left) and Ralf Meister, Bishop of Hanover, in 2014
Born (1983-07-19) 19 July 1983 (age 35)
Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, Germany
IssuePrincess Elisabeth
Prince Welf August
Full name
English: Ernest Augustus Andrew Philip Constantine Maximilian Ralph Stephen Louis Rudolph
German: Ernst August Andreas Philipp Constantin Maximilian Rolf Stephan Ludwig Rudolph
FatherErnst August, Prince of Hanover
MotherChantal Hochuli

Ernst August, Hereditary Prince of Hanover (German: Ernst August Prinz von Hannover Herzog zu Braunschweig und Lüneburg, Königlicher Prinz von Großbritannien und Irland; born 19 July 1983)[1][2] is the eldest child of Ernst August, Prince of Hanover (head of the ancient House of Welf which once ruled the Kingdom of Hanover), and his former wife Chantal Hochuli.[3]


Ernst August and his younger brother Christian, were born in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, while their half-sister, Alexandra was born in Austria and lives with her mother in Monaco. Ernst August was baptized on 15 October 1983 at Marienburg Castle, his godparents including Felipe VI of Spain and Constantine II of Greece.

Ernst August is distantly in the line of succession to the British throne as a descendant of Queen Victoria.[4] Despite the family's residing in Germany through both World Wars, his paternal grandfather obtained British citizenship for himself and his children in November 1956 under the Sophia Naturalization Act 1705, and their family owned property and conducted business in the post-war United Kingdom.[4] Until his mid-teens, Ernst August and his brother lived at Hurlingham Lodge in London.[4]

He also descends from Germany's last emperor, Wilhelm II, following whose abdication at the end of World War I the Hanovers also lost sovereignty over the Duchy of Brunswick, while retaining much of their continental personal property.[4]