Prince Wilhelm of Prussia
Historical Figure
Nationality: Germany
Date of Birth: 1906
Date of Death: 1940
Cause of Death: Killed in Action
Occupation: Royalty, Soldier
Parents: Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany and Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Spouse: Dorothea von Salviati
Children: Princess Felicitas
Princess Christa
Relatives: Wilhelm II of Germany (grandfather)
House: Hohenzollern
Turtledove Appearances:
Curious Notions
POD: August, 1914
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
(as "Kaiser Wilhelm IV")
Date of Death: After 1956
Occupation: Emperor of Germany
Prince Wilhelm of Prussia (Wilhelm Friedrich Franz Joseph Christian Olaf, 4 July 1906 – 26 May 1940) was the eldest child and son of Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany and Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. At the time of his birth, his grandfather Wilhelm II was the reigning Kaiser and he was second in line to the Prussian and German thrones. He was expected to one day succeed to the throne after the deaths of his father and grandfather, but the monarchy was abolished in 1918 at the end of World War I. Wilhelm was killed while serving in the German army during the Battle of France in 1940, while both his elders were still alive.

Prince Wilhelm in Curious NotionsEdit

Wilhelm IV (1906-after 1956) ascended to the throne of the German Empire upon the death of his father Wilhelm III. It was during his reign as Kaiser that, in 1956, Germany conquered the United States.[1] A statue of Wilhelm stood in front of San Francisco's City Hall to symbolize that conquest.[2]

Literary CommentEdit

Some speculation is necessary, as Wilhelm IV is not actually stated to be the conqueror, nor is his precise identity stated. On the first point, the presence of his statue strongly implies that he was the conqueror. On the second point, at the time of the break-point this Prince was expected to someday inherit that numeral, so it can be reasonably assumed that this happened in the alternate.


  1. Curious Notions, pg. 19.
  2. Ibid., pg. 154.
Regnal titles
(Fictional Work)
Preceded by
Wilhelm III
Emperor of Germany
(Curious Notions)

Succeeded by

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