Sunday, May 1, 2011

Monday, May 1, 1933

Went in swimming. I said my lines, which made me 650 altogether. But that boy was absent and I don't know how many he knew.

Engaged on May 1, 1933
Prince Wilhelm, 26, eldest son of Germany's onetime Crown Prince Wilhelm,
 and Dorothea von Salviati, commoner. Many a monarchist considered young Wilhelm
the logical candidate for a Hohenzollern restoration. Under old Prussian law his marriage would
not bar him from the throne, but his children could not succeed him. And the marriage had to be
sanctioned by the head of the family, who was reported grieved. Wilhelm renounced any rights to the
succession for himself and his future children in 1933, and he and Dorothea married on 3 June 1933
 in Bonn. They had two daughters. In 1940, the marriage was recognised as dynastic and the girls were
given the title and style of Princesses of Prussia. A member of the unified armed forces of Germany,
Wilhelm took part in the invasion of France in May 1940. He was wounded during the fighting in
Valenciennes and died in a field hospital in Nivelleson May 26, 1940.

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