Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Kaiser Wilhelm has arrived in England

August 4, 1890

Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany arrived on board the imperial yacht Hohenzollern at Osborne at 10 a.m.  He was accompanied by his younger brother, Prince Henry.

According to a dispatch from the New York Times,  Queen Victoria signaled "welcome" to her grandson from Osborne House, as the Hohenzollern entered Cowes Road.

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Connaught were on board the royal yacht, Alberta, which sailed out to meet the German Emperor.    Several other members of the British royal family were on the "private landing stage" to await the Emperor's arrival.

The Hohenzollern was accompanied by one German ironclad, and was escorted into the harbor by five British torpedo boats. 

As Wilhelm II landed, a "salute was fired."  He was driven by carriage to Osborne House, where the Queen, the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Edinburgh, "received him at the entrance."    As Wilhelm entered the house, a band played the British and German national anthems.  He wore his British Admiral's uniform.

After a luncheon, Queen Victoria and her grandson had a "long private interview." This afternoon, the Emperor and Prince Henry "drove around the grounds of Osborne House" and paid a visit to Princess Louise, Marchioness of Lorne, and the Duchess of  Edinburgh.

This evening, the Queen hosted a dinner for the Emperor.  The guests included members of the royal family, and Count von Hatzfeldt, the German Ambassador.

Tomorrow Wilhelm will be on hand to attend the yacht races at the Solent and will dine at the Royal Yacht Club.

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