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Re: 1918 bdications
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It was not Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands but the Dutch government of the day that gave Wilhelm II refuge. The queen had little respect for the Kaiser's choice to flee. Her own exile in 1940 was enforced she entered the British vessel thinking it would bring her to the south coastal province of Zeeland when the captain made the decision that going there was too dangerous and went to the UK. In her memoires she wrote she wanted to join her army at the Grebbenberg to die fighting the invading German troops but that plan was put aside of fear of not dying but becoming a hostage and her life being used to force the Dutch into things.
During his entire stay in the Netherland Wilhelmina never visited or received Wilhelm. Her mother, husband, daughter and son-in-law however all visited him.
In her younger years Wilhelm II had tried to match Wilhelmina to prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia (a grandson of princess Marianne of the Netherlands). Queen Emma did not like it and made sure Wilhelmina knew he was Wilhelm's candidate to ensure that the young man stood no chance with Wilhelmina. In spite of his often questionable insights Wilhelm had picked a much better man than Emma. Wilhelm was however adement that only a German prince could marry Wilhelmina even though i feel prince Harald of Denmark might have been the best choice for her.
When the war ended in 1918, many monarchies collapsed. Was it necessary for Wilhelm II to go to the Netherlands where the queen gave him refuge? Carl of Austria-Hungary seemed to have remained within the territory for some time and then left? What happened to all the smaller German reigning monarchs? In Bavaria, did the family remain in their palace in Munich?