Friday, February 21, 2014

Prince Wilhelm of Wied accepts throne

February 21, 1914

Prince Wilhelm of Wied today formally accepted the throne of Albania, reports the Chicago Daily Tribune.

The offer was tendered by Essad Pasha, head of the Albanian delegation. 

The new monarch was presented with a "casket containing sand, earth and water from Albania."  Prince Wilhelm accepted this gift as "a symbol of his new sovereignty."

The new monarch accepted the honors "under strictly Prussian conditions."  He wore the uniform of a Prussian major.

The Albanian delegation was "great impressed" with the new Queen, Sophie, a princess of Schönburg-Waldenburg before her marriage.

Sophie was dressed in royal robes, and wore a "diadem on her hair."  She stood next to her husband, which is not the norm in Albania, a Muslim country.

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