Monday, May 17, 2010

Queen Wilhelmina to marry Prince Bernhard

May 17, 1896

Young Queen Wihelmina of the Netherlands, who will celebrate her 16th birthday in August, "will be betrothed" to Prince Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenbach, a grandson of the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. Prince Bernhard Heinrich the second son of the late Hereditary Grand Duke Carl, was born at Weimar on April 18, 1878. He is a Lieutenant in the Fifth Thuringian Infantry Regiment. His elder brother, Prince Wilhelm, is the heir to the Grand Duchy.
The present Grand Duke, Carl Alexander, is married to Princess Sophie of the Netherlands. Grand Duchess Sophie is heiress presumptive to the Dutch throne. She is the sister of Queen Wilhelmina's father, the late King Willem III.
Wilhelmina and Bernhard are first cousins once removed.

[Prince Bernhard Heinrich died from inflammation of the lungs on October 1, 1900 at the age of 22.]

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