Kaiser Wilhelm II's immediate family consisted of seven children, including six sons, but only one daughter. Many photographs exist of the family. HBC has so far been able to find very little information about the individual children. Even infornmation on Crown Prince Frederick Wilhelm. There is probably a good bit of information available in German-language sources. HBC has, however, been able to find very little available in English sources. We would be very interesrted in any information that our German readers could offer. Some fought in World War I. The family followed their father into exile after World War I, but many eventually returned to Germany. They apparently thought that the NAZIs would restore the monarchy.
Frederich Wilhelm was Wilhelm's oldest son. The 6-year old Prince officially became the Crown Prince in 1888 when his father assumed the throne in 1888. The Prince remembered carefree days at the Marmorpalais. The family during the summer lived at the New Palais in Potsdam and in winter he was with the family at the big Palace in Berlin. His relationship with his father became more formal after he became Kaiser. At age 10, Prince Wilhelm received the rank of Lieutenant of the First Infantry Regiment, inaccordance with tradition. He served in World War I and accompanied his father into exile. He eventually returned to Germany and eventually joined the NAZI Party and served in World War II. Wilhelm served in a motor division during World War II and was captured by the French.
As the second son, Eitel Frederick became Crown Prince of Prussia. He mairred Sophie Charlotte of Oldenburg (1879-1964) in 1906. Her seved in the 1st Foot Guards Regiment during World War I. Soldiers from his unit in plain clothes, escorted his mother to saftey in the Netherlands in the afternmath of the War. He obtained a divorce in 1926. He joined a far-right veterans group the Stanlhelm. He died during World War II, but I do not have details on the circumstances.
Adalbert was made Count Lingren. He mairred Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen (1897-1971) in 1914. During World War I he served aboard ship as a naval officer, a lieutenant colonel aboard a battleship. After the War, he largely disassociated himself from his family and Germany. He took the name of the Countof Lingen and lived quitely on Lake Geneva in Switzerland.
We have developed some information August William. He married Alexandra of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg (1887-1957) in 1908. They divorced in 1920 after World War I. After the War he joined a far-right veterans group known as the Stanlhelm. August Wilhelm, was an early an esthusiastic supporter of the NAZIs. He also served in World War II. Several photographs are available of his son Aleander Ferdinand.
Oscar's title was Prince of Prussia. He mairred Countess Ina Marie Von Bassewitz (1888-1973) in 1914. He joined a far-right veterans group the Stanlhelm. His son Oskar died in 1939 during the invasion of Poland.
Joachim held the title Prince of Prussia. He was apparently not as strong as the other boys and his mother worried about him. Joachim appears to have been an impatient boy. When Victoria Louise took up photography a Miss Topham helped her take and develop them. When Joachim expressed an interest, she offered to help him as well. Unfortunately he was so impatient while developing his photographs that he knocked over a kersene lamp. Miss Topham managed to catch it in time, but received a painful burn. The Prince served in World War I as a calvary officer. He was woulded in the battle in te Masurian Lake District of East Prussia. He mairred Marie of Anhalt in 1916. After the Armistace in 1918, Joachim visited his father at Doorn. It was not a happy reunion. The former Kaiser was unhappy with his sons' behavior, including Joachim's gambling. Joachim eventually returned to Germany. He found it difficult adjusting to his reduced circumstances. His wife left him. He shot himself in 1920 at a hunting lodge near Potsdam.
Victoria Louise was the Kaiser's youngest child and only daughter. Wilhelm was apparently pleased to have a daughter after six boys. He doted on her and let her get away with behavior that his boys were never allowed. As a child she is seen in white dresses with her brothers--even when they are in their military school uniforms. As a yong woman she was photographed in a unform herself. She mairred Ernst August of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1887-1953) in 1913.
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