Hermine Greiz
German princess
Hermine Greiz
Princess Hermine Reuss of Greiz was the second wife of Wilhelm II, German Emperor; they were married in 1922, four years after he had abdicated from the thrones of Germany and Prussia.
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    FIFTIES
  • 1947
    Age 59
    On 7 August 1947, aged only 59, she died suddenly of a heart attack in a small flat in Frankfurt, while under strict guard by the Red Army occupation forces.
    More Details Hide Details She was buried in the Antique Temple of Sanssouci Park, Potsdam, in what would become East Germany. Some years earlier, it was the resting place of several other members of the Imperial family, including Wilhelm's first wife, Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein. Although Wilhem was no longer a reigning monarch at the time of his marriage, he continued to use his titles in pretense after abdication. Hermine used the courtesy titles of German Empress and Queen of Prussia. By tradition, women were entitled to royal titles, styles and rank of their husbands if their statuses before marriage were considered equal or not "morganatic". As Hermine was born of a sovereign house, the marriage complied with the laws of the imperial House of Hohenzollern. Her titles by birth, marriage, and courtesy were:
  • 1945
    Age 57
    Following the death of Wilhelm, Hermine returned to Germany to live on her first husband's estate in Saabor, Lower Silesia. During the Vistula–Oder Offensive of early 1945, she fled from the advancing Red Army to her sister's estate in Rossla, Thuringia.
    More Details Hide Details After the end of the Second World War, she was held under house arrest at Frankfurt on the Oder in the Soviet occupation zone, and later imprisoned in the Paulinenhof Internment Camp.
  • 1941
    Age 53
    Hermine remained a constant companion to the aging emperor until his death in 1941.
    More Details Hide Details They had no children.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1927
    Age 39
    In 1927 Hermine wrote An Empress in Exile: My Days in Doorn, an account of her life up to that time.
    More Details Hide Details She cared for the property management of Huis Doorn and by establishing her own relief organisation stayed in contact with monarchist and nationalist circles in the Weimar Republic.
  • 1922
    Age 34
    Despite grumblings from Wilhelm's monarchist supporters and the objections of his children, 63-year-old Wilhelm and 34-year-old Hermine married on 5 November 1922 in Doorn.
    More Details Hide Details By all accounts, it was a happy marriage. Hermine's first husband had also been older than she was, by fourteen years. Wilhelm and Hermine were 5th cousins through common descent from George II of Great Britain.
    By early 1922, Wilhelm was determined to marry Hermine.
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    In January 1922, a son of Princess Hermine sent birthday wishes to the exiled German Emperor Wilhelm II, who then invited the boy and his mother to Huis Doorn.
    More Details Hide Details Wilhelm found Hermine very attractive, and greatly enjoyed her company. The two had much in common, both being recently widowed: Hermine just over a year and a half before, and Wilhelm only nine months prior.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1907
    Age 19
    Hermine was married, on 7 January 1907 in Greiz to Prince Johann George Ludwig Ferdinand August of Schönaich-Carolath (11 September 1873 - 7 April 1920).
    More Details Hide Details They were the parents to five children:
  • 1902
    Age 14
    Princess Hermine's disabled elder brother became Prince Henry XXIV in 1902.
    More Details Hide Details Upon her mother's early death, she was raised at the court of Princess Louise of Prussia, daughter of Emperor Wilhelm I, and her husband Grand Duke Frederick I of Baden. Like Hermine's father, Princess Louise was an implacable enemy of Prince Bismarck.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1887
    Born
    Born on December 17, 1887.
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