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This photo, taken about 1913, shows the Kaiser with his two grandsons, Prinz Louis Ferdinand and Prinz Wilhelm. The Kaiser is wearing hunting uniform "Hofjagduniform". Prinz Louis Ferdinand lived to the ripe old age of 88 (1907-1994), Prinz Wilhelm, the future heir to the throne, fell in France in 1940
(1906-1940)

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On the 4th June 1941 Kaiser Wilhelm II. died peacefully in his exile residence in Huis Doorn, Netherlands.

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A popular picture in a quality resembling a photo. This depicts the Kaiser in Generals Uniform in a room of one of the royal palaces, inspecting three of his sons in uniform, Princes of the Royal Household, from left to right, Kronprinz Friedrich Wilhelm, Prinz Adalbert and Prinz Eitel-Friedrich. The princes are wearing the summer full dress uniform of a Seonde-Lieutenant (Leutnant) of the First Foot Guards in Potsdam - Erstes Garde-Regiment-zu-Fuss.

The card bears the text: "Zu Befehl, Majestät!" To the lower left corner is the initials of the artist and date of 1894. The age of the princes would have been between 10-12 years at the time.

 

N:B.: Seconde-Lieutenant, Premier-Lieutenant, etc. were used in the 19th Century until about 1900. In the early 19th Century, the word Kapitän was also used for a Hauptmann, which was in use till around 1830. Thereafter, a naval rank only.

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25. June 1888 - Reichtagseröffnung - opening of Parliament. Throne Speech and opening of parliament in the white hall of Berlin Palace - Weißer Saal des Berliner Schlosses by Kaiser Wilhelm II

 

Painting by Anton von Werner, 1893

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The speech of the Kaiser on proclamation of the war, 1st August 1914 from the balcony of the Berliner Schloss:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j_SlC8Ppx4

 

 

This official version was recorded somewhat later;

 

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Doorn, June 1941

 

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Another nice clip, mostly exile shots, photo quality has suffered somewhat over the years:

 

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Kaiser wilhelm II., Tomb, Mausoleum and Residence in Doorn

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfvBSBT6Txc

 

When I visited in 1983, the coffin was still draped with the Kaiser's personal standard - a large yellow flagcloth with the heraldic insignia of the Order of the Black Eagle, which can be seen in the funeral newsreels of June 1941:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfvBSBT6Txc

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