Two celebrations, one dignified, one raucous, were held last week on the 69th birthday of Wilhelm II, once Kaiser and All-Highest War Lord.

Because Princess Hermine, Consort of Wilhelm II, is mourning the death of her brother, Prince Henry of Reuss, and her son Prince George Wilhelm zu Schoenaich-Carolath, the celebration at Doom was simple, formal, private. Present was one-time Crown Prince Wilhelm but not many another. Arrived punctilious congratulations from Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and her mother, Dowager Queen Emma.

Raucous was the mock "Coronation Service" staged, last week on Wilhelm II's...

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