Imperial Germany’s Romeo & Juliet

What happens when a conqueror’s granddaughter falls for the heir to the kingdom her family stole?

Jenni Wiltz
The Collector
Published in
7 min readJan 4, 2021

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Ernst August in a dark suit and Viktoria Luise in a white blouse with layered cravat.
Prince Ernst August and Princess Viktoria Luise. Photo by T. H. Voigt, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The problem started with Prussia. In 1866, Prussia picked a fight with Austria to take over as shot-caller among Europe’s German-speaking territories. Those territories now had to pick a side in the war that followed.

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Jenni Wiltz
The Collector

I write about fascinating royal women, their jewels, and quirky aspects of royal history no one else talks about. Find me at https://girlinthetiara.com.