Tuesday, January 26, 2010

No grandchildren at Kaiser's birthday

January 27, 1930

None of the former Kaiser Wilhelm's grandchildren were present today for his 71st birthday celebration. This includes Prince Wilhelm, the eldest son of the Crown Prince, who is studying at Königsberg university in Berlin. The Associated Press' dispatch includes a comment from the Berlin representative for the Hohenzollerns: Prince Wilhelm "found the expense of the trip from east Prussia to Holland too big."
Only three the Kaiser's sons attended, two with their wives, Crown Prince Wilhelm and Crown Princess Cecilie, Prince and Princess Adalbert, and Prince August Wilhelm. The Kaiser's only daughter, Viktoria Luise, had to decline due to the illness of one of her children. is Wilhelm's youngest sister, Margarethe, and her husband, the Landgrave of Hesse.
Mourning for the Kaiser's brother, the late Prince Henry, who was considered an "intimate adviser," and his sister, Viktoria, Frau Subkoff, "contributed to make the birthday observances informal and inconspicuous."
At the noon dinner, Crown Prince Wilhelm, "in the name of the guests, proposed a toast to his father's health. The Kaiser "responded briefly." Wilhelm also received congratulations from "many parts of Germany," and from other countries. The gala dinner in evening was attended by the Kaiser and his family, and eight of their closest friends. Decorations and uniforms were worn.

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