Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Prince August Wilhelm of Prussia receives political science degree

On July 30, 1908, Prince August Wilhelm of Prussia became the first member of his family to receive a degree in political science. Although, his father, Kaiser Wilhelm II had planned to send his fourth son to Harvard University, the Prince sat for exams at Strasburg university.
The prince, having completed his education, was now expected to announce his engagement to the very pretty Princess Alexandra of Schleswig-Holstein. Prince Auwi had intentioned to ask for his parents' permission to marry two years earlier, but his father said he was too young, and he needed to complete his education. So Prince August Wilhelm "threw himself energetically into scientific work" and was able to pass the final examination after only two years. Usually, the degree was completed in three years.
Prince August Wilhelm received a doctorate in Political Science ... HRH Doctor Prince August Wilhelm of Prussia.
Prince August Wilhelm's engagement to Princess Alexandra of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg was announced a few weeks later. It was a marriage that certainly pleased two sisters the Empress Augusta Viktoria of Germany and Princess Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein, the mothers of the bride and groom.

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