Imperial Germany’s Romeo & Juliet

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

Jenni Wiltz
Jan 4, 2021 · 7 min read
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.

he 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.