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Re: Kingdom of Finland
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Had the marriage of prince Wilhelm of Sweden and grand duchess Maria Pavlovna the younger been successful they would have made a very acceptable couple to become King and Queen of Sweden. Their son Lennart would have secured the succession and probably had not remained an only child. Maria's Russian background provided a link with the previous Romanov dynasty and Wilhelm was connected to the Wasa's from before.
I sometimes wonder if anyone in the British government considered putting forth a British candidate (maybe a Cambridge or Mountbatten) that autumn, but I suppose that with the French being good republicans and, especially, with the Americans being so vehemently anti-monarchical, the establishment of any new monarchies at that moment was a non-starter.
Interesting article on the eventual Kingdom of Finland, in this month Majesty.
I knew, of course, of the Prince of Hesse-Kassel candidature, but it appears he was not a 1st choice.
King Gustav V hoped a Bernadotte prince might be selected but the finns rejected on the grounds of lack of swedish support on a civil war in the beginning of 1918.
A war that caused a high toll of deaths of more than 37.000 (acc.Wikipedia).
After the swedish candidate, came Grand Duke Adolf Friederich of Mecklenburg-Schwerin who had prooved to be a reasonable governor of Togo in Africa.
Next came Prince Oskar, a younger son of Kaiser Wilhelm, who refused the offer, thinking that an eventual dethronment of his son could harm the prestige of the Hohenzollerns.
In turn, he admitted his cousin Friederich candidature.
Only after this candidature came Friederich of Hesse who was the most serious candidate, got a majority of votes in the finnish parliament but was refused by France and UK who deemed someone so close to the kaiser would influence Finland to the german influence and threatened to break relations with Finland.
Interesting. I thougt that Friedrich Karl of Hessen was the only candidate.