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Wilhelm II
Photograph of a middle-aged Wilhelm II with a moustache
Portrait by T. H. Voigt, 1902
German Emperor
King of Prussia
Reign15 June 1888 – 9 November 1918
PredecessorFrederick III
SuccessorMonarchy abolished
Born(1859-01-27)27 January 1859
Kronprinzenpalais, Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia
Died4 June 1941(1941-06-04) (aged 82)
Huis Doorn, Doorn, Netherlands
Burial9 June 1941
Huis Doorn, Doorn
SpousePrincess Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
(m. 1881–1921) «start: (1881)–end+1: (1922)»"Marriage: Princess Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
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Full name
German: Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albert
English: Frederick William Victor Albert
FatherFrederick III, German Emperor
MotherVictoria, Princess Royal
ReligionLutheranism (Prussian United)
SignatureWilhelm II's signature

Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albert von Hohenzollern, Wilhelm II of Prussia and Germany, (27 January 1859 – 4 June 1941) was the last German Emperor and the last King of Prussia, ruling from 1888 to 1918. He went to live in the Netherlands and abdicated (resigned) as King and Emperor. He died at Huis Doorn and is buried there because he ordered that he not be buried in Nazi Germany. Wilhelm died on June 4, 1941.

Kaiser Wilhelm II was born on 27 January 1859. He was the oldest child in his family. His father was Prince Frederick of Prussia. His mother was Princess Victoria, the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. He was born with a disabled left arm. He got married in 1881. His wife was Augusta Victoria. They had seven children. He studied at the Kassel Gymnasium, and later at the University of Bonn. He became leader of Germany in 1888 after his father died. He disagreed with his father's long-time Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, and dismissed him in 1890.

Wilhelm believed in strengthening Germany’s armed forces, especially the Navy. He led Germany during World War I.

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