The former Grand Duke of Baden, Friedrich II, died today (August 9, 1928). He was 71-years-old. Friedrich succeeded to Baden's throne, one of the most progressive of the German states, in 1907. He was "probably the most liberal and popular ruler during the monarchic period of his day."
Grand Duke Friedrich was the son of Friedrich I and Princess Louise of Prussia. In 1885, he married Princess Hilda of Nassau. The marriage was childless. He is survived by his sister, Queen Victoria of Sweden.
The new Grand Duke is Friedrich's first cousin, Prince Maximilian, who is married to Princess Marie Louise of Hanover.