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652 GERMAN EMPIRE: — PRUSSIA

PRUSSIA.

(KONIGREICH PrEUSSEN.)

Reigning King. Wilhelm II., born Jan. 27, 1859, eldest son of Friedrich III., German Emperor and King of Prussia — who was eldest son of Wilhelm I., and was born Oct. 18, 1831, married, Jan. 25, 1858, to Victoria (Empress and Queen Eriedrich), Princess Royal of Great Britain, succeeded his father March 9, 1888, and died June 15, 1888, when he was succeeded by his son. Prince Friedrich Wilhelm, under the title of Wilhelm II. The Emperor married, Feb. 27, 1881, Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg- Augustenburg, born Oct. 22, 1858, daughter of the late Duke Friedrich of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg.

Children of the King.

1. Prince Friedrich Wilhelm, born May 6, 1882, Crown Prince of the German Empire and of Prussia ; 2. Prince Wilhelm Eitel- Friedrich, born July 7, 1883; 3. Prince Adalbert, born July 14, 1884; 4. Prince August Wilhelm, born Jan. 29, 1887 ; 5. Prince Oscar, born July 27, 1888 ; 6. Prince Joachim, born Dec. 17, 1890; 7. Princess Viktoria Luise, born Sept. 13, 1892.

" Brother and Sisters oj the King.

1. Princess Charlotte, born July 24, 1860; married, Feb. 18, 1878, to Prince Bernhard, eldest son of Duke George II. of Saxe- Meiningen. 2. Prince Heinrich, born Aug. 14, 1862 ; married, May 24, 1888, to Princess Irene, daughter of the late Grand-duke Ludwig IV. of Hesse ; offspring of the union are two sons, Waldemar, born March 20, 1889, and Sigismund, born Nov. 27, 1896. 3. Princess Victoria, born April 12, 1866 ; married, Nov. 19, 1890, to Prince Adolf of Schaumburg-Lippe. 4. Princess Sophie, born June 14, 1870; married, Oct. 27, 1889, to Crown-Prince Konstantin of Greece, Duke of Sparta. 5. Prin- cess Margarethe, born April 22, 1872, married, Jan. 25, 1893, to Prince Friedrich Karl Ludwig of Hesse.

Aunt of the King.

Princess Luise, born Dec. 3, 1838; married, Sept. 20, 1856, to Grand-duke Friedrich of Baden.

The Kings of Prussia trace their origin to Count Thassilo, of Zollern, one of the generals of Charlemagne. His successor, Count Friedrich I., built the family castle of Hohenzollern, near the Danube, in the year 980. A subsequent Zollern, or Hohen