kaiser wilhelm ii

The last German Kaiser Wilhelm II was born as Frederik Wilhelm Victor Albert in Berlin on January 27, 1859. Wilhelm was the eldest son of the later Emperor Frederick III and his consort Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, daughter of the British Queen Victoria.

He was a grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm I on his father's side and a grandson of Queen Victoria on his mother's side. Wilhelm II would go down in history as the last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King of Prussia from June 15, 1888 to November 9, 1918.

Tricky childhood

Wilhelm II had a difficult childhood because of his disability; his left arm was virtually paralyzed and stunted in growth. Despite his handicap, Wilhelm learned to ride horses and became a relatively good shot. Wilhelm II attended the gymnasium 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 a daughter.


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