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Friday, December 18, 2015

The King versus the Kaiser:

de bene esse: literally, of well-being, morally acceptable but subject to future validation or exception

Royal rift when George V and Tsar Nicholas stood against their German cousin in World War I  ~~~


Best of enemies: Kaiser Wilhelm II and King Edward VII loathed each other despite being nephew and uncle
Best of enemies: Kaiser Wilhelm II (L) and King Edward VII loathed each other despite being nephew and uncle

Princess Victoria, mother of Kaiser Wilhelm, was the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria
Tsarina Dagmar and Queen Alexandra were the Danish sisters who became mothers to the future Tsar Nicholas II and King George V
Mothers: Princess Victoria, mother of Kaiser Wilhelm -above- and Tsarina Dagmar and Queen Alexandra


George V and Nicholas II (left and centre) first became friends as children

In the BBC documentary, Royal Cousins at War, the story of how the young Wilhelm's hatred of his parents, and all things Biritsh, in part, brought about the beginning of the First World War is told.

His mother Vicky was only 17 when she married Prussia’s dashing Crown Prince Friedrich, known as Fritz, in 1858. 
It was a passionate love match that also fulfilled the dynastic dreams of her German father Prince Albert. But her first pregnancy almost ended in disaster, after she underwent a traumatic breech delivery.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2552270/Royal-Cousins-War-tells-family-rift-saw-George-V-Tsar-Nicholas-against-German-cousin.html#ixzz3ujwoZlw6
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