After the Second Peace of Thorn. Inhe expelled them again, and they had to transfer to the Baltic Sea.
At the time of his birth, his great-uncle, Frederick William IV was king of Prussia, and his grandfather and namesake, Wilhelmwas acting as regent. He was the first grandchild of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, but more importantly, as the first son of the Crown Prince of Prussia, Wilhelm was from the second in the line of succession to Prussiaand also, afterto the German Empirewhich, according to the constitution of the German Empirewas ruled by the Prussian King.
In many photos he carries a pair of white gloves in his left hand to make the arm seem longer, holds his left hand with his right, or has his crippled arm on the hilt of a sword or holding a cane to give the effect of a useful limb posed at a dignified angle.
Historians have suggested that this disability affected his emotional development.
William attended the ceremony in a Highland costume, complete with a small toy dirk. During the ceremony the four year old became restless.
His eighteen year old Uncle Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, charged with keeping an eye on him, told him to be quiet, but Wilhelm drew his dirk and threatened Alfred. When Alfred attempted to subdue the rebel by force, Wilhelm bit him on the leg.
His Grandmother, Queen Victoria, missed seeing the fracas; to her Wilhelm remained "a clever, dear, good little child, the great favorite of my beloved Vicky.
The thought that he, as Heir to the Throne, should not be able to ride was intolerable to her. Riding lesson began when Wilhelm was eight and was a matter of endurance for Wilhelm.
Over and over, the weeping prince was set on his horse and compelled to go through the paces. He fell off time after time but despite his tears was set on its back again. After weeks of torture he finally got it right and was able to maintain his balance.
Whether he was the right tutor for me, I dare not decide. The torments inflicted on me, in this pony riding, must be attributed to my mother.
In January Wilhelm finished high school and on his eighteenth birthday received as a present from his grandmother, Queen Victoria, the Order of the Garter.
After Kassel he spent four terms at the University of Bonn, studying law and politics. He became a member of the exclusive Corps Borussia Bonn. As a scion of the Royal house of HohenzollernWilhelm was exposed from an early age to the military society of the Prussian aristocracy.
This had a major impact on him and, in maturity, Wilhelm was seldom seen out of uniform. The hyper-masculine military culture of Prussia in this period did much to frame his political ideals and personal relationships.
Crown Prince Frederick was viewed by his son with a deeply felt love and respect. Wilhelm also idolised his grandfather, Wilhelm Iand he was instrumental in later attempts to foster a cult of the first German Emperor as "Wilhelm the Great".
When Wilhelm was nearing twenty-one the Emperor decided it was time his grandson should begin the military phase of his preparation for the throne. Both sides of his family had suffered from mental illness, and this may explain his emotional instability. Bismarck planned to use the young prince as a weapon against his parents in order to retain his own political dominance.
Wilhelm thus developed a dysfunctional relationship with his parents, but especially with his English mother. In an outburst in AprilWilhelm angrily implied that "an English doctor killed my father, and an English doctor crippled my arm — which is the fault of my mother", who allowed no German physicians to attend to herself or her immediate family.
She, however, turned him down, and would, in time, marry into the Russian imperial family. The couple married on 27 Februaryand would remain married for forty years, until her death in Frederick William I endowed the Prussian state with its military and bureaucratic character.
He raised the army to 80, men (equivalent to 4 percent of the population) and geared the whole organization of the state to the military machine.
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