Prince Sigismund of Prussia (1864–1866)

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Prince Sigismund of Prussia (German: Franz Friedrich Sigismund; 15 September 1864 – 18 June 1866) was the fourth child and third son of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Prussia, later German Emperor Frederick III and Empress Victoria. He was a grandson of William I of Prussia and Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom.

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Prince Sigismund
Born(1864-09-15)15 September 1864
New Palace, Potsdam, Kingdom of Prussia
Died18 June 1866(1866-06-18) (aged 1)
New Palace, Potsdam, Kingdom of Prussia
Burial21 June 1866
German: Franz Friedrich Sigismund
English: Francis Frederick Sigismund
FatherFrederick William, Crown Prince of Prussia (later Frederick III)
MotherVictoria, Princess Royal

Prince Sigismund was born at the New Palace in Potsdam, Germany, in 1864 and known as "Sigi" to his family. He died from meningitis at the New Palace on 18 June 1866, aged twenty-one months. He was buried in the royal mausoleum of the Friedenskirche at Potsdam. His mother's grief and despair were intense as his father, leading the Prussian army into battle against Austria, had taken all available doctors thus making it impossible for her to alleviate the suffering of her child or prevent his death.

Sigismund was the first grandchild of Queen Victoria to die, almost 115 years before his last cousin, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, who died in 1981.