The Kaiser Exhibition at The Loo Palace Review

Bust of William, with a background of Huis Doorn

The contrast between The Loo Palace’s two exhibitions could not have been greater. From the graceful and timeless Sisi to the ultimate military man, William II, the last German Emperor. The Kaiser exhibition began just two days ago, and I visited it right away. To my own surprise there was no ban on photography this time (just flash photography was prohibited), and luckily I had brought my BIG camera for some nature shots.

The exhibition is divided over two floors, as with the Sisi exhibition.

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The Kaiser himself
Special fork to accommodate his shorter left arm
The special fork to accommodate his shorter left arm
Left: medaillon with a lock of Augusta Victoria's hair.
Left: medallion with a lock of Augusta Victoria’s hair.
Close-up of the medaillon
Close-up of the medallion
Left: William II and sister Charlotte
Left: William II and sister Charlotte
Victoria, Princess Royal and son William
Victoria, Princess Royal and son William
Victoria, Princess Royal and baby William
Victoria, Princess Royal and baby William
Left: medaillon with a lock of hair from Queen Victoria (William's grandmother) Right: Ring with portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
Left: medallion with a lock of hair from Queen Victoria (William’s grandmother) Right: Ring with portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria

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Reconstruction of the dinner service for the wedding of William's daughter
Reconstruction of the dinner service for the wedding of William’s daughter

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a reconstruction of the dinner service for the wedding of Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia and Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick. It is quite gorgeous and a little overwhelming too.

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Porcelain easter eggs which were a gift from Nicholas II of Russia and his wife
Porcelain Easter eggs which were a gift from Nicholas II of Russia and his wife

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Gift for the 30th wedding anniversary of William and Augusta Victoria
Gift for the 30th wedding anniversary of William and Augusta Victoria
Gift from William to his wife to commemorate the birth of their first grandchild
Gift from William to his wife to commemorate the birth of their first grandchild
Princess Victoria Louse
Princess Victoria Louse
Augusta Victoria
Augusta Victoria
Augusta Victoria's Lying in State
Augusta Victoria’s Lying in State
Portrait of Hermine Reuss of Greiz, possibly done by William himself
Portrait of Hermine Reuss of Greiz, possibly done by William himself
Hermine Reuss of Greiz
Hermine Reuss of Greiz
A gift to William on his deathbed, by his daughter
A gift to William on his deathbed, by his daughter
'Ship of the State'
‘Ship of the State’
Bust of William, with a background of Huis Doorn
Bust of William, with a background of Huis Doorn

I’m quite impressed with this exhibition. Through working with Huis Doorn a lot of the items are genuine and not copies, making the whole exhibition a lot more powerful. I was surprised by the number of items linked to royal women, like the medallions with the hair. Also, this time around the exhibition does not require a supplement to the regular entrance fee. Overall, I would definitely recommend going to the Loo Palace. The Palace itself is beautiful as well. The Kaiser exhibition is open until 28 February 2016.






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