Wilhelm II dies on the 4th of June 1941. Contrary to many of his ancestors, he will not be laid to rest in the majestic Berliner Dom. As early as 1933 he had stipulated in his will that he wanted to be buried in Doorn if, at the time of his death, the monarchy in Germany had not been restored. His son, crown prince Wilhelm, asks architect Martin Kieszling to design a mausoleum amidst his much loved rhododendrons in the park. Here Wilhelm finds his last resting place. On the roof is a brass ball with a cross on top of it, made secretly by a Doorn blacksmith from old copper cooking pots from Huis Doorn’s kitchen. During World War II all copper had to be turned in to the German occupier, who used it to make guns.
Visitors to the park of Huis Doorn can still see, through the windows of the mausoleum, the coffin of Wilhelm II. The mausoleum is the only part of the park that is not confiscated by the Dutch state in 1945. The Hohenzollern family manages the mausoleum to this day.
View the funeral of Emperor Wilhelm II on the estate of Huis Doorn.