Relations between the Hohenzollern and Orange family
The royal families of the Hohenzollern and Orange have been connected to each other by marriages since 1646. Wilhelm II was therefore allowed the title Prince of Orange.
Portraits can be found in both the vestibule and the library of Friedrich Wilhelm von Brandenburg (1640-1688), also known as the Great Elector, and his wife Louise Henriette of Orange-Nassau. Friedrich Wilhelm von Brandenburg was the first Hohenzollern to marry a Princess of Orange. Louise Henriette of Orange was a daughter of Frederik Hendrik, Prince of Orange, a son of William of Orange. Over time, the link between these two royal families was consolidated by further marriages, including:
- William V of Orange and his wife Wilhelmina of Prussia, the sister of the King of Prussia, whose portraits you can find at House Doorn.
- King William I of the Netherlands and Hohenzollern, Frederika Luise Wilhelmine of Prussia.
- Their son, Prince Willem Frederik Karel van Orange-Nassau and Louise Augusta, daughter of the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III.
- Willem I’s daughter, Wilhelmina Frederika Marianne van Oranje Nassau who married Friedrich Heinrich Albert Hohenzollern.
Wilhelm II’s stay in the Netherlands was politically very sensitive, therefore Queen Wilhelmina never visited him personally. However, her husband Prince Hendrik of Mecklenburg-Schwerin did make occasional visits to House Doorn and, from 1918, he regularly travelled to Germany to enquire about the possible return of the Kaiser to his fatherland. The Queen Mother Emma von Waldeck Pyrmont (Wilhelmina’s mother), also visited the Emperor regularly in Doorn, as did Juliana (then Princess) and her husband Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld.