Most people think that there were only two emperors who ruled the second Reich of Germany. This is completely false. The year of 1888 is also referred to as the "year of the three kaisers" or on German "Dreikaiserjahr". The year is considered to have memorable significance because of the deaths of two German Emperors, or Kaisers, leading to a rapid succession of three monarchs within one year. Emperor Wilhelm I died on 9 March 1888 after his long reign. He was then succeeded by his son, Frederick William. Frederick William became known as Frederick III when he assumed the throne. Along with his military successes, Frederick III was a reputed liberal and married to the United Kingdom's Liberal Princess Victoria. However, by the time of his father's death, Frederick was 56 years old and had already developed a terminal case of cancer. before he assumed the German imperial throne. Due to this illness and subsequent treatment, Frederick could not talk during his short reign and had to communicate through writing. He died after only 99 days of rule on 15 June 1888. Frederick's son, Wilhelm II, then succeeded to the throne at age 29. Unlike his father, Wilhelm II did not have any liberal tendencies. Wilhelm II eventually led Germany into WW1 and Iandd until his abdication and the fall of the German Empire in 1918 at the end of war.
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