Review of Troops by the Emperor of Germany: Wimbledon Common

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Partial / Incomplete Date c.1891
Area Wimbledon Village
Picture Reference Wim_​17_​1-35
Original Format Photo
Notes / History Kaiser Wilhelm ( in the white uniform ) reviews British Troops assembled on Wimbledon Common.

Britain has always relied heavily on the assistance of voluntary troops. By the Victorian era the size of the regular army was increasing. Nevertheless, of the 22,000 troops assembled on the Common to honour Kaiser Wilhelm, 16,000 were volunteers.

Kaiser Wilhelm, who was born on 27th January 1859 in Berlin, was the eldest child of Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia and Victoria, daughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. He became Kaiser at the age of 29.

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