Friday, October 11, 2013

Kaiser Wilhelm II - Royal matchmaker

October 11, 1909

It seems Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany has played Cupid in arranging the forthcoming marriage between Grand Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Saxe-Weimar and Princess Carola, daughter of Prince and Princess Friedrich of Saxe-Meiningen.

The New York Times is reporting that the Kaiser recommended Princess Carola as a bride when he and the Empress visited the Grand Duke at Wilhelmshohe last summer.

The 19-year-old princess is a second cousin of Empress Auguste Viktoria.  Her future husband serves with the Prussian artillery.

This will be the second marriage for the Grand Duke.  His first wife, Princess Caroline Reuss, a "noted beauty," died in 1905.

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