Prince Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia and head of the House of Hohenzollern in Germany, celebrates his wedding today with Princess Sophie of Isenberg.
Not many folks, I’ll wager. Yet to some extent, this event is a link to the past which affected a whole lot of folks in the twentieth century. Besides, on the whole, the history of Germany during its Imperial phase is mighty interesting stuff.
We all are familiar with the Kaiser. The prince looks just like him.
Bismark detested the Kaiser’s parents, Fritz and Vicky. Vicky looks a lot like her mum, Queen Victoria. Fritz, Kaiser for 99 days, looks like no one in the family. Which was a good thing—what a looker.
The church where Georg will marry contains a beautiful mausoleum that houses Fritz and Vicky’s crypt.
Uh, oh. Got off topic.
It’s hard not to draw links to the past. Go to the Imperial complex in Potsdam and you’ll know what I mean.
Like any other lover of history who delights in finding traces of the past in the present, I think the House of Hohenzollern remains a powerful conduit of German heritage and not just because of its 900+ years of existence. A legacy has been left to the current prince and the children he will hopefully have. Not by the ancestor who he is famous for having, but the one who died before he could complete his destiny.
The Kaiser who tried to confer on Germany a liberality that might have averted her from a tragic course–Friedrich III – Fritz.
“He would have bridged a gap in the development of the Reich, which, as things turned out, proved a crucial one and has made itself felt right up to the present day.” – Erich Eyck, 1944