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King George V and his physically similar cousin Tsar Nicholas II in German military uniforms in Berlin, 1913


This photo was taken during the wedding of the Kaiser's daughter, Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia. The wedding, an exceptional affair, took place in Berlin on 24 May 1913. In a diplomatic gesture, Emperor Wilhelm invited almost his entire extended family.

The wedding became the largest gathering of reigning monarchs in Germany since German unification in 1871, and began fourteen months later, one of the last great social events of European royalty before World War I.

Tsar Nicholas II is in the uniform of the Westphalian hussars and King George V in the uniform of the Rhenish Cuirassiers - their respective German regiments. It was very common for European royals to promote each other in each other's armies.

King George V was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the 8th (Rhenish) Cuirassiers during his visit to Berlin in January 1902, when he was still Prince of Wales. He acted like this until the declaration of war between the two countries in 1914.

George and Nicky's mother, Alexandra and Dagmar were sisters, which explains why they looked alike. They were the daughters of King Christian of Denmark and his wife, Queen Louise, of German heritage. Princess Alexandra married Edward, the eldest son of Queen Victoria. George was their son. Princess Dagmar married another Alexander, the son of Tsar Alexander. Nicky was their son.

At the outbreak of World War I, the royal descendants of Queen Victoria (Queen of the United Kingdom) and Christian IX (King of Denmark) occupied the thrones of Denmark, Greece, Norway, Germany, Romania, Russia, Spain, and the Netherlands. United Kingdom. For this, Queen Victoria was nicknamed "Grandmother of Europe", while Christian IX was nicknamed "father-in-law of Europe".

Of the remaining kingdoms in Europe today, only Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is descended from neither Queen Victoria nor Christian IX. His grandchildren currently occupy the thrones of Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

When Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, George's first cousin, was overthrown in the Russian Revolution of 1917, the British government offered political asylum to the Tsar and his family, but the situation worsened for the British people, and feared that Revolution may come to the British. The islands lead George to think that the presence of Russian royals would be seen as inappropriate.

Despite later claims by Lord Mountbatten of Burma that Prime Minister Lloyd George was opposed to the defense of the Russian royal family, Lord Stamfordham's letters suggest that it was George V who opposed the defense against the advice of the government. .

The Tsar and his immediate family remained in Russia, where they were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. King George V essentially signed the death certificate of his own cousin.

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