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Duke Friedrich of Württemberg killed in car crash

Duke Friedrich of Württemberg was killed in a head-on car crash on Wednesday (9 May) afternoon on county road 7962 between the towns of Ebenweiler and Fronhofen in Germany. He was 56-years-old.

In a press release yesterday evening, the House of Württemberg announced the death of His Royal Highness in the motor vehicle crash that injured three others. They said, “Due to a tragic traffic accident on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Friedrich Duke of Württemberg died at the age of 56 years in a fatal crash. He leaves his wife, Marie Duchess of Württemberg born a Princess of Wied and three grown children, Duke Wilhelm (23), Duchess Marie-Amélie (22) and Duchess Sophie-Dorothée (20).

“Friedrich Duke of Württemberg headed the Hofkammer of the House of Württemberg, the private administration of the House of Württemberg.

“Through his extensive commitment, he was in many social and cultural institutions in the state of Baden-Württemberg, for example, the Olgäle Foundation Stuttgart, the Association of Friends of the University of Tübingen e.V. Stuttgart, the Art Foundation Baden-Württemberg and many others, very connected.

“The ducal family and the entire house of Württemberg are deeply shaken.”

The Duke was the son of Duke Carl and Duchess Diane of Württemberg. He was the heir to the House of Württemberg.

According to Schwaebische, Duke Friedrich was passing a truck pulling a trailer around 3:40 pm when he did not see an oncoming car driven by a 30-year-old who was carrying two passengers. The driver of the car and his passengers all sustained minor injuries. The Duke died at the scene from his severe injuries. All four involved in the crash were taken to hospital by emergency services.

No details have been announced regarding the funeral.

Friedrich Philipp Carl Franz Maria was born on 1 June 1961 in what was West Germany. He had five siblings: Duchess Mathilde, Duke Eberhard, Duke Phillip, Duke Michael and Duchess Fleur. His Royal Highness married Marie in 1993. Friedrich’s son, Wilhelm has succeeded him as heir to the House of Württemberg.

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