Kaiser Wilhelm II
Queen Victoria's very first grandchild became one of the principal figures in late-19th and early-20th century European history. Born in January 1859, Wilhelm II was the son of the Queen's first child, Victoria, Princess Royal, who married the German Emperor Frederick III. Wilhelm became Emperor (Kaiser) in 1888 and eventually led the country through its downfall in the First World War. He abdicated in 1918 and later died in 1941, leaving behind a complicated legacy and unfavourable reputation. Wilhelm was also at the bedside of Queen Victoria upon her death in 1901.
Queen Victoria's Most Famous Grandchildren
Queen Victoria (1819-1901) had nine children with Prince Albert before his death in 1861. Many of their offspring married into other European royal families, leading to the Queen's nickname of "The Grandmother of Europe." Her grandchildren became involved in important moments of 19th and 20th century European history, and some are even related to present-day rulers. A few might even come as a surprise. Learn more in this gallery...