european nineteenth-century history
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13 Sep 2006 10:46 PDT
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was Tsar Alexander III of Russia the Uncle of Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany?
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Re: european nineteenth-century history
From: fp-ga on 14 Sep 2006 12:34 PDT
1) Alexander III was not the uncle of Wilhelm II (in the strict sense of the word "uncle"), i.e. Alexander was not the brother of Wilhelm's father or mother. Alexander's parents were Alexander II http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_II_of_Russia and Maria Alexandrovna of Hesse http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_of_Hesse_and_by_Rhine whereas Wilhelm's grandparents were - on the paternal side: Wilhelm I and Augusta of Saxe-Weimar (parents of Friedrich III) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_I_of_Germany http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augusta_of_Saxe-Weimar http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_III%2C_German_Emperor and on the maternal side: Prince Albert and Queen Victoria http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_of_Saxe-Coburg_and_Gotha http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Victoria 2) However, Alexander III and Wilhelm II were related: Friedrich Wilhelm III. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_William_III_of_Prussia was the great-grandfather of both Wilhelm II and Alexander III. Charlotte of Prussia (daughter of Friedrich Wilhelm III) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandra_Fyodorovna_(Charlotte_of_Prussia) being the mother of Alexander II, i.e. the grandmother of Alexander III. 3) Furthermore, Wilhelm's cousin Alix of Hesse and by Rhine (granddaughter of Queen Victoria) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandra_Fyodorovna_of_Hesse was the wife of Nicholas II, i.e. daughter-in-law of Alexander III:
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