Autograph Letter Signed as King, to Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany ('My Dear Willy...')
Marienbad, 5 September, 1905.
Edward VII was renowned for his diplomatic skills, the French referring to him as 'the Peacemaker'; however, his relations with his nephew, the Kaiser, were strained. It is interesting to see in this letter to the Kaiser's eldest son, the Crown Prince, that although an adult, married and shortly to become a father he was still forbidden to visit his great uncle in England. The Kaiser was notoriously difficult, tactless and irascible, traits that ultimately led to the catastrophic First World War and his forced abdication.
8vo (165 x 250 mm); 3pp., on royal monogrammed paper, creased across centre resulting from previous fold, one spot to opening page, otherwise fine.
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