† Fürst Friedrich Karl zu Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst

Fürst Friedrich Karl zu Hohenlohe-Waldenburg.Schilliingsfürst died in Tuesday 06.06.2017 at the age of 83.

The Mayor of Waldenburg Markus Knobel does not need long to think about Fürst  Friedrich Karl zu Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst: “He was an honest man, sincere, committed to the common good and someone who has always represented his opinion.” The Prince and the Schultes had a friendly relationship: “I remember very well our first intensive talks, and I visited him ten days ago.”  “I am dismayed, because Waldenburg loses with him a strong personality,” says Markus Knobel with emphasis.

Antonia von Alten, a niece of the prince, has sent an obituary to the Hohenloher Zeitung , which illustrates the complexity of his work. One thing is clear: the forest has been a great passion for a lifetime.

Forests and painting were his passion

From 1953 to 1960, Friedrich Karl studied forestry in Freiburg and Munich, completed his period of legal training and expired his state exams. In addition to his own forest, which has been in the hands of the Hohenlohe-Waldenburg family for many generations, the prince also worked abroad. Together with his brother-in-law, he bought the forest in the Andes of Chile in 1981 and managed it until he passed it on to the next generation. Until a few years ago, he regularly flew to South America.

The Fürst had also devoted himself to painting. At his uncle, the painter Albrecht Fürst von Urach, he received an artistic education from 1948 to 1953 and painted in his spare time for a lifetime. In his artistic works, the forest and the landscape in general were preferred themes. He especially liked to paint in Hohenloher Land and Burgundy. The result is hundreds of works of art, especially watercolors and pastels, which were admired at exhibitions at home and abroad.

After completing his studies in forestry, Friedrich Karl, together with his father, forced the reconstruction of the burned-out castle in Waldenburg in the 1960s. In 1966 he married Marie Gabrielle von Rantzau in Munich, with whom he celebrated their  golden wedding last year. After the wedding, the couple moved into the reconstructed castle, the parents of Fürst Friedrich Karl lived until their death on the farm estate Laurach.

From small business became an internationally active enterprise

Together with his brother, he founded Hohenloher Spezial-Maschinenbau GmbH (HSM) in 1967 for the development, sales and service of forestry machines. From a small enterprise in side buildings of the castle became an internationally active enterprise with seat in new copper.

Music and literature played an important role in the Prince’s life. With great historical knowledge, he published numerous works on family and national history. In 1971 he opened a seal museum in the gatehouse of the castle. There he presented the seal-imprint collection of his great-grandfather and a collection of Hohenloh coins and medals.

In recent years, the Fürst has increasingly withdrawn from public life. But he went regularly to his forest and accompanied his development.

Article in the Heilbronner Stimme

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