Funeral of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, 1941

The Funeral of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany at Huis Doorn in The Netherlands on this day in 1941, during the Second World War and the Nazi Occupation of The Netherlands. While Nazis had wanted to bring the Kaiser’s body back to Berlin for a state funeral, in 1933, the Kaiser had stipulated in his will that he wanted to be buried in Doorn if, at the time of his death, the monarchy in Germany had not been restored. Instead of being buried at the Berliner Dom, the Kaiser was laid to rest in a Mausoleum at Huis Doorn, where he remains today. In addition to his extended family, led by Crown Prince William, Crown Princess Cecilie, and Princess Victoria Louise, Duchess of Brunswick, there were only a few hundred people present at a funeral, due to the ongoing War.


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