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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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1941
    Age 53
    Hermine remained a constant companion to the aging emperor until his death in 1941.
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  • 1927
    Age 39
    In 1927 Hermine wrote An Empress in Exile: My Days in Doorn, an account of her life up to that time.
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  • 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.
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    By early 1922, Wilhelm was determined to marry Hermine.
    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.
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  • 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).
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  • 1902
    Age 14
    Princess Hermine's disabled elder brother became Prince Henry XXIV in 1902.
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  • 1887
    Born on December 17, 1887.
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