Friedrich Karl, Prinz von Preußen

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameTassilo Wilhelm Humbert Leopold Friedrich Karl•von Preußen
Used nameFriedrich Karl, Prinz•von Preußen
Born6 April 1893 in Klein-Glienicke-Forst, Berlin (GER) 
Died6 April 1917 in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, Seine-Maritime (FRA)
AffiliationsBerliner SC, Berlin (GER)
Title(s)Prinz (Prince) von Preußen
NOC Germany
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


Prince Frederick Charles was the son of Prince Friedrich Leopold von Preußen and the grandson of Prince Friedrich Karl von Preußen, also the nephew of Kaiser Wilhelm I von Preußen. He was the first athlete from the royal house of Hohenzollern to take part in the Olympic Games and in 1917 died on his 24th birthday during World War I at Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray in an Australian hospital. His plane “Albatros D1” was shot down by Australian troops of 32 Squadron Royal Flying Corps. After crash landing, he tried to run to reach his own lines, but was shot and died several days later.

In 1912 at Stockholm Prince von Preußen won the bronze medal with the German show jumping team and placed 18th in the individual competition. Formerly he played football with the SCC Berlin and was an active track athlete coached by Al Kraenzlein. Prince von Preußen took part in the Stafetten-Wettlauf Potsdam-Berlin several times and achieved several “German Officer Records”.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Equestrian Jumping (Equestrian) GER Friedrich Karl, Prinz von Preußen
Individual, Men (Olympic) Gibson Boy =18
Team, Men (Olympic) Gibson Boy / Germany 3 Bronze

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