Wilhelm II, German Emperor

Wilhelm II or William II (German: Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albrecht von Preußen; Frederick William Victor Albert o Proushie; 27 Januar 1859 – 4 Juin 1941) wis the last German Emperor (Kaiser) an Keeng o Proushie, rulin the German Empire an the Kinrick o Proushie frae 15 Juin 1888 tae 9 November 1918. He wis the eldest grandchild o Queen Victoria o the Unitit Kinrick an relatit tae mony monarchs an princes o Europe, maist notably King George V o the Unitit Kinrick an Emperor Nicholas II o Roushie.

Wilhelm II
Wilhelm II in 1902
German Emperor; Keeng o Proushie
Ring15 Juin 1888 – 9 November 1918
PredecessorFrederick III
SuccessorMonarchy abolished
Friedrich Ebert, Preses o Germany
Born27 Januar 1859(1859-01-27)
Croun Prince's Pailace, Berlin, Proushie
Dee'd4 Juin 1941(1941-06-04) (aged 82)
Doorn, Netherlands
BuirialMausoleum at Huis Doorn
Spouse1. Augusta Victoria o Schleswig-Holstein, 1881–1921 (her daith)
2. Hermine Reuss o Greiz, 1922–1941 (his daith)
Full name
German: Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albert
Frederick William Victor Albert
HooseHoose o Hohenzollern
FaitherFrederick III, German Emperor
MitherVictoria, Princess Ryal
ReleegionEvangelical Christian Kirk
SeegnaturWilhelm II's signature

Accedin tae the throne in 1888, he dismissed the Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, in 1890. He an aw launched Germany on a bellicose "New Coorse" in furrin affairs that culminatit in his support for Austrick-Hungary in the creesis o Julie 1914 that led in a maiter o days tae the First Warld War. Bombastic an impetuous, he whiles made tactless pronooncements on sensitive topics withoot consultin his meenisters, culminatin in a disastrous Daily Telegraph interview in 1908 that cost him maist o his influence.[1] His leadin generals, Paul von Hindenburg an Erich Ludendorff, dictatit policy in the First Warld War wi little regaird for the ceevilian govrenment. An ineffective war-time leader, he lost the support o the airmy, abdicatit in November 1918, an fled tae exile in the Netherlands whaur he wid bade till he dee'd in Juin 1941.



On 27 Februar 1881, Croun Prince Prince Wilhelm o Proushie, German Croun Prince mairit Auguste Viktoria o Schleswig-Holstein havin been refused bi his cousin Princess Elisabeth o Hesse an bi Rhine.


  1. Wilhelm, German Croun Prince ( 6 Mey 1882 – 20 Julie 1951) mairit Princess Cecilie o Mecklenburg-Schwerin an haed issue.
  2. Prince Eitel Friedrich o Proushie (7 Julie 1883 – 8 December 1942) mairit Princess Sophia Charlotte o Oldenburg but haed nae issue.
  3. Prince Adalbert o Proushie 14 Julie 1884 – 22 September 1948) mairit Princess Adelheid o Saxe-Meiningen an haed issue.
  4. Prince Prince August Wilhelm o Proushie (29 Januar 1887 – 25 Mairch 1949) mairit Princess Alexandra Viktoria o Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg an haed issue.
  5. Prince Oskar o Proushie 27 Julie 1888 – 27 Januar 1958) mairit Coontess Ina Marie von Bassewitz an haed issue.
  6. Prince Joachim o Proushie (17 December 1890 – 18 Julie 1920) mairit Princess Marie Auguste o Anhalt an haed issue.
  7. Princess Viktoria Luise o Proushie (13 September 1892 – 11 December 1980) mairit Ernst August, Duke o Brunswick an haed issue.

Teetles an styles

  • 27 Januar 1859 – 9 Mairch 1888 His Ryal Highness Prince Wilhelm o Proushie.
  • 9 Mairch 1888 – 15 Juin 1888 His Imperial and Ryal Highness The German Croun Prince, Crown Prince o Proushie.
  • 15 Juin 1888 – 18 November 1918 His Imperial an Ryal Majesty The German Emperor, King o Proushie
  • 18 November 1918 - 4 Juin 1941 His Imperial an Ryal Majesty The German Emperor, King o Proushie (in pretense)


  1. Cecil 1996, vol. 2, pp. 138–41.


  • Cecil, Lamar (1996), Wilhelm II: Emperor and Exile, 1900–1941, ISBN 0-8078-2283-3, archived frae the original on 20 Apryle 2010, retrieved 6 Juin 2018.