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Prince Augustus William of Prussia

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House  House of Hohenzollern

Name  Prince William
Prince Augustus William of Prussia
Born  9 August 1722 Stadtschloss, Berlin, Prussia (1722-08-09)
Issue  Frederick William II of Prussia Prince Henry Wilhelmina, Princess of Orange Prince Emil
Father  Frederick William I of Prussia
Mother  Sophia Dorothea of Hanover
Died  June 12, 1758, Oranienburg, Germany
Spouse  Duchess Luise of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel (m. 1742)
Children  Frederick William II of Prussia
Parents  Sophia Dorothea of Hanover, Frederick William I of Prussia
Grandchildren  William I of the Netherlands
Similar People  Frederick William I of Prussia, Frederick William II of Prussia, Prince Henry of Prussia, Princess Anna Amalia of, Louisa Ulrika of Prussia

Prince Augustus William of Prussia

Augustus William of Prussia (German: August Wilhelm; 9 August 1722 – 12 June 1758) was Prince of Prussia and a younger brother and general of Frederick II.


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Augustus was the second surviving son of Frederick William I and Sophia Dorothea. His older siblings included Wilhelmina (later Margravine of Bayreuth), Frederick II (later King of Prussia), Friedrike Louise (later Margravine of Ansbach) and Louisa Ulrika (later Queen of Sweden).

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Augustus was favored by his father over Frederick and popular at the Prussian court. When his brother Frederick became king in 1740, Augustus became heir-apparent and moved into the Fredrick's former residence, the Crown Prince's Palace in Berlin. When his older sister Louisa Ulrika married the King of Sweden in1744, she founded the L’Ordre de l’Harmonie, of which Augustus was one of the first recipients.

Augustus served his brother as a general in the War of the Austrian Succession, and distinguished himself in the Battle of Hohenfriedberg. But in the Seven Years' War, owing to the fatal retreat of Zittau during the Battle of Kolin in 1756, he incurred the wrath of his brother the King, and withdrew from the army. This conflict between the two brothers led to a correspondence, which was published in 1769. Augustus died suddenly in 1758 at Oranienburg, according to some of "a broken heart", in reference to his brother Frederick II's harsh treatment of him for his incompetent military leadership in the Battle of Kolin. In reality, he died from a brain tumor.

Augustus married Luise of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. Because his older brother had no children, Augustus's oldest son inherited the throne as Frederick William II of Prussia on Frederick's death.


  • Frederick William II of Prussia (1744–1797)
  • married (1) Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Lüneburg. They had one child Princess Frederica Charlotte of Prussia (1767–1820), who married Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, the second son of George III of the United Kingdom.
  • married (2) Frederika Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt and had issue.
  • Prince Henry of Prussia (1747–1767) died unmarried.
  • Princess Wilhelmina of Prussia (1751–1820) married William V, Prince of Orange and had issue.
  • Prince Emil of Prussia (1758–1759) died in infancy.
  • Titles and styles

  • 9 August 1722 – 12 June 1758 His Royal Highness Prince August Wilhelm of Prussia
  • References

    Prince Augustus William of Prussia Wikipedia