Thursday, August 25, 2011

A profile of the new Kaiserin

Princess Sophie of Isenburg has known Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia for thirty years, friends since childhood. Six years ago, they became a couple.  According to a profile of Princess Sophie in the German newspaper, Bild,  Sophie and Georg are the "proverbial childhood sweethearts."

The "petite princess with reddish-brown hair" and a pretty smile was born on March 7, 1978 at Frankfurt-on-Main, the second youngest of five children of the Prince and Princess of Isenburg.  She grew up at the family's home, Schloss Birstein, northeast of Frankfurt.   The castle has been the home of the Princes of Isenburg since 1517.

Sophie was raised in a "wonderfully warm family" that remains close, according to family friends.  She attended a girl's boarding school, the Internat Klosterschule in Baden, Württemberg.  From there she studied business administration at the University of Freiburg, as did Prince Georg Friederich.  She also attended the University of Berlin.  After receiving her degree, she traveled abroad for internships in Shanghai, Hong Kong and at Sotheby's in London.  She also spent time as a intern with Germany's Bundestag.

Today, the Princess works at a consulting firm for non-profits in Berlin.  She has two brothers,  Hereditary Prince Alexander, 42, who lives at Schloss Birstein, and Prince Victor, 32, who lives in Vienna.  Sophie's two older sisters,  Princess Katherina, is married to Archduke Martin of Austria, and Princess Isabella, is the wife of the Prince of Wied.

Princess Sophie's marriage to the head of the house of Prussia is the grandest marriage of all.

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