The last German Kaiser Wilhelm II was born as Frederick Wilhelm Victor Albert in Berlin on 27 January 1859. Wilhelm was the eldest son of Prince Frederick of Prussia who later became Emperor Frederick III and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, daughter of the British Queen Victoria.
He was a grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm I through his father and a grandson of the British Queen Victoria through his mother. Wilhelm II would go down in history as the last German emperor (Kaiser) and the last king of Prussia from 15 June 1888 to 9 November 1918.
Wilhelm II experienced a difficult childhood because of his disability; his left arm was virtually paralysed and lagged behind in growth. Despite his disability, Wilhelm learned to ride horses and became a relatively good marksman.
Wilhelm II went through grammar school in Kassel and studied history and law at the university in Bonn. After this, he held various positions in the army.
In 1881, he married Princess Auguste Viktoria of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (1858-1921). The couple had seven children, six sons and one daughter.
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