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Caroline Reuss of Greiz

Empress Hermine and the tragic wedding

Hermine Reuss of Greiz was one of the five daughters of Heinrich XXII, Prince Reuss of Greiz and his wife Princess Ida of Schaumburg-Lippe. Her childhood was overshadowed by the death of her mother in childbirth and the incurable disability of her only brother.  A 13-year marriage to Prince Johann Georg of Schönaich-Carolath produced five [read more]

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Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein

Park Sanssouci – Without sorrow

Sanssouci Park is a great park with many buildings. Most were built in the 18th century and were expanded in the 19th. Sanssouci Palace is its main focus, but it houses many more amazing buildings. Above is the New Palace. Currently, under construction (of course!), it was built by Frederick the Great from 1763. It [read more]

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Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein

Doorn House – A home for an exiled Emperor and Empress

After Emperor Wilhelm II’s abdication in 1918, he and his wife, Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, went into exile in the Netherlands where he finally settled in this manor house in Doorn, called Huis Doorn. Wilhelm was married to Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein until her death in 1921. She was the daughter of Frederick VIII, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein and Adelheid of [read more]