Monday, March 14, 2022

Will Alice become a German Empress?


March 14, 1902

 Princess Alice of Albany is en route to Potsdam, according to a New York Times report.   

If the latest rumors are to be believed, the 19-year-old princess, a niece of King Edward VII, is en route to Potsdam for her betrothal to Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany, who is the eldest son of Kaiser Wilhelm II.

Should these rumors prove true,  Alice would become the Crown Princess of Germany and Prussia and the future German Empress and Queen of Prussia.

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Crown Prince Wilhelm will celebrate his 20th birthday on May 6.

Princess Alice is the elder of two children of the late Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, and Princess Helen of Waldeck und Pyrmont.  Her younger brother, Prince Charles Edward, Duke of Albany, is also the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.  As he is a minor, Car Eduard, as he is known in Germany, reigns under a regency headed by the Hereditary Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, who is married to Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh, third daughter of the late Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who died in 1900, a year after his only son, Hereditary Prince Alfred.  In a family agreement, he was succeeded by his young nephew, Prince Charles Edward, who with his mother, the Duchess of Albany, moved to Germany, where he could be raised as a German sovereign.

Princess Alice, Kaiser Wilhelm II and the Hereditary Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg are first cousins, all grandchildren of Queen Victoria.

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