1859 - 1941 (82 years)
Has more than 100 ancestors and more than 100 descendants in this family tree.
||Friedrich Wilhelm II Viktor Albert von Preußen |
||27 Jan 1859
||4 Jun 1941
||Huis Doorn, Doorn, Ut, NL
||Doorn, Utrecht, NL
||22 May 2014 |
||Kaiser Friedrich III Wilhelm Nikolaus von Preußen, b. 18 Oct 1831, Neues Palais, Potsdam , d. 15 Jun 1888, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Preussen, DE (Age 56 years) |
||Victoria Adelaide Maria von Sachsen-Coburg, b. 21 Nov 1840, Buckingham Palace , d. 5 Aug 1901, Friedrichshof (Age 60 years) |
||25 Jan 1858
||St James's Palace, Lon
||7 siblings |
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||Auguste Viktoria von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg, b. 22 Oct 1858, Schloss Dolzig , d. 11 Apr 1921, Huis Doorn, Doorn, Ut, NL (Age 62 years) |
||27 Feb 1881
| ||1. Kronprinz Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor August Ernst von Preußen, b. 6 May 1882, Marmorpalais, Potsdam , d. 20 Jul 1951, Hechingen (Age 69 years)|
| ||2. Prinz Wilhelm Eitel Friedrich Christian Karl von Preußen, b. 7 Jul 1883, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Preussen, DE , d. 8 Dec 1942, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Preussen, DE (Age 59 years)|
| ||3. Adalbert Ferdinand Berengar von Preußen, b. 14 Jul 1884, Marmorpalais, Potsdam , d. 22 Sep 1948, La Tour de Peilz, b.Montreux, CH (Age 64 years)|
| ||4. August Wilhelm Heinrich Günther Viktor V von Preußen, b. 29 Jan 1887, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Preussen, DE , d. 25 Mar 1949, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, D (Age 62 years)|
| ||5. Oskar Karl Gustav Adolf von Preußen, b. 27 Jul 1888, Marmorpalais, Potsdam , d. 27 Jan 1958, München, Bayern (Age 69 years)|
| ||6. Joachim Franz Hubert von Preußen, b. 17 Dec 1890, Berlin, DE , d. 18 Jul 1920, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Preussen, DE (Age 29 years)|
| ||7. Prinzessin Viktoria Luise von Preußen, b. 13 Sep 1892, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Preussen, DE , d. 11 Dec 1980, Hannover (Age 88 years)|
||29 Aug 2000 |
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- Wilhelm II; Deutscher Kaiser u. Kg. v. Preußen, Markgf zu Brandenburg, Burggf zu Nürnberg, Gf zu Hohenzollern, souv. u. oberster Hzg v. Schlesien wie auch der Gfschaft Glatz, Ghzg v. Niedrrh in u. Posen, Hzg. zu Sachsen, Westfalen u. Engern, zu Pommern, Lüneburg, Holstein u. Schleswig, zu Magdeburg, Bremen, Geldern, Kleve, Jülich u. begr sowie auch der Wenden u. Kassuben, zu Krossen, Lauenburg, Mecklenburg, Ldgf zu Hessen u. Thüringen, Markgf der O- u. NLausitz, Pr. v. Oranien, Fst zu Rügen, zu Ostfriesland, zu Paderborn u. Pyrmont, zu Halberstadt, Münster, Minden, Osnabrück, Hildesheim, zu Verden, Kammin, Fulda, Nassau u. Mörs, gefürsteter Gf zu Henneberg, Gf der Mark u. zu Ravensberg, zu Hohenstein, Tecklenburg u. Lingen, zu Mansfeld, Sigmaringen u. Veringen, Herr zu Frankfurt. Folgt seinem Vater 15.6.1888. "Ceasar"
Emperor Wilhelm I dies 9-Mar-1888. Frederick III is crowned Emperor but cannot rule due to throat cancer and a ninety-nine day coma. Wilhelm II succeeds his father and is crowned Emperor (midyear) 1888.
Politics: Above all, the Kaiser wanted "a place in the sun" for the German people. The problem was the only places left were in the shade. There was very little room left for new colonization in the early part of this century. Never the less the Kaiser built up the German military machine and under the Tirpitz Plan, built a naval fleet to rival that of Great Britain. The term "saber rattler" sums up his politics as well as his personality. Historian Barbara Tuchman put it well when she referred to the Kaiser as "possessor of the least inhibited tongue in Europe".
Personal: The Kaiser was born with a withered left arm (like FDR's polio, this defect was pretty well covered up and is visible in only a few photographs). This, together with having some tough footsteps in which to follow, led Wilhelm towards the military lifestyle. He loved his numerous uniforms and surrounding himself with the elite of German military society.
Misconception: The Kaiser was a war monger solely responsible for the First World War. The Kaiser did not start the war. The Kaiser did not want the war. "Saber rattling" is one thing, a war with the other major European powers is something very different indeed! The most that can be said is that the Kaiser did not do enough to try to control the actions of Austria-Hungary and prevent the outbreak of war. In the end he accepted war.
Fate: The Kaiser was forced to abdicate as part of the Armistice. He went to Holland.
"only fit to live in a country house and grow turnips" The Kaiser on Czar Nicholas II
"a very nice boy" The Kaiser on King George V (only six years his junior)
"bear yourselves as Huns of Attila" The Kaiser to troops heading for the Boxer Rebellion in China
"He is satan, you cannot imagine what a satan he is" The Kaiser on King Edward VII
"a spirited note, what?" The Kaiser on the ultimatum to Serbia
"A great moral victory for Vienna, but with it, every reason for war disappears." The Kaiser on the Serbian reply to the ultimatum
"Gentlemen, you will regret this." The Kaiser to the general staff on the decision to mobilize