The Prussian Princesses : The Sisters of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Hardback

The Prussian Princesses : The Sisters of Kaiser Wilhelm II Hardback

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Kaiser Friedrich III and his consort Victoria, Princess Royal of Great Britain, had six children who lived to maturity, the eldest being Kaiser Wilhelm II. The three younger sisters, Victoria, Sophie and Margaret, were particularly supportive of their mother during her widowhood and remained close throughout their lives. Like their parents, they would know much sorrow as adults. Victoria's romance with Alexander of Battenberg, Prince of Bulgaria, was thwarted by Bismarck for political reasons and she married twice, firstly to a minor German prince and secondly to a young Russian adventurer who left her to die in poverty.

Sophie married the future King Constantine of Greece, whose ill-starred reign saw them forced to leave their throne not once but twice, both dying in exile. Margaret married a prince of Hesse-Cassel, both became members of the Nazi party, and she lived to see her family and house become victims of theft on a major scale at the hands of occupying forces at the end of the Second World War. Using previously unpublished sources, this is the first biography to tell the lives of all three princesses.




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This book by John van der Kiste deals with three of the four sisters of Kaiser Wilhelm II. This slim volume will fit easily into anyone's collection of royalty, particularly German royalty. The story covers the lives of his youngest sisters: Victoria, Sophie, and Margaret. It's an interesting look at the familial relations of the sisters and their various family members. The book does have a few minor mistakes, but otherwise is an excellent read.

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