Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Joachim is calling me," Auguste Viktoria tells Kaiser

January 26, 1921

Former German Empress Auguste Viktoria is critically ill with heart disease, and her condition continues to weaken, according to a report in the New York Times. Her son-in-law, the Duke of Brunswick, was called to her bedside at Doorn today.
The former empress was only recently told that her youngest son, Prince Joachim, took his own life. During a rare moment of lucidity, Auguste Viktoria reached for her husband, and told him: "I have followed you as long as possible, even in exile. Now I am no longer able to do so. I must leave you alone. Joachim is calling me."

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