Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Prince and Princess of Hohenzollern welcome Bild into their home

The Prince and Princess of Hohenzollern are at working preparing for the 950th anniversary of the House of Hohenzollern.

Prince Karl, who succeeded his father as the Fürst von Hohenzollern, last September and his second wife, Katharina, live at Schloss Sigmaringen, which has more than 462 rooms.  The castle is "perched on a huge rock" overlooking the small town of Sigmaringen and the Danube river.

The couple met eighteen months during a skiing vacation.  Karl, 59, divorced and the father of four children, fell in love with the very beautiful Katharina de Zomer, a photographer, who ran her own agency in Hamburg.

The transition to living in a schloss was not easy for the 52-year-old Princess, who is known as Nina.  She said: "This step was not easy. But now I know that I traded a false glittering world for a life of happiness."

Karl Friedrich, who is also head of the family business, plays the saxophone and guitar in a jazz band, Charley and the Jivemates.   He showed the reporter his "secret guitar chamber."   His collection of rare rock and roll guitars are kept in a tiny room.  He picks up a Fender guitar and begins to play the blues.  He is asked if he can play hard rock.  "Sure thing," and he starts playing "Smoke on the water."

Schloss Sigmaringen receives more than 80,000 visitors per year.   The Prince of Hohenzollern said: "Here lie is always in the booth."

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