Friday, November 9, 2018

arrest ordered for Emperor's brother & other news

November 9, 1918.

News about the ruling families in Germany and Austria is coming fast and furious as re reports about an Armistice.

Here are the latest dispatches.

The Washington Post is reporting that an order for the arrest of Archduke Max, brother of Emperor Karl, has been issued, according to Viennese newspapers.   Archduke Max reportedly left the Hofburg with "heavily laden trunks."

The Washington Post is also reporting that Kaiser Wilhelm II has stated in a cable dispatch that he is extremely reluctant "to abandon my sorely tried people" and has "graciously proclaimed his readiness to become hereditary president of a Prussian or all German republic" if he is unable to retain his imperial crown.

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 A Central News dispatch from Amsterdam states that the King  Wilhelm II of Württemberg has abdicated.

A telegram received in Copenhagen from Brunswick asserts that the Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and his successor have abdicated.  The Duke of Brunswick was born Prince Ernst August of Hanover, son of the Duke and Duchess of Cumberland.   The Duchess of Cumberland is Princess Thyra of Denmark, youngest sister of Dowager Queen Alexandra and the Dowager Empress of Russia. 

The Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg married Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia, only daughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II, in May 1913.  They have two sons, Ernst August, and Georg Wilhelm and a daughter, Friederike Luise.    Young Prince Ernst August, the heir, is four years old.

The German Emperor and the Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg are first cousins of King George V.

1 comment:

Little Sis said...

Tense times for these families