- Crown of William II
The Crown of William II, also known as the Hohenzollern Crown, is the 1888 crown made for
William II, German Emperorin his role as King of Prussia. A Crown of the German Empire was never made. It was only used for heraldic purposes.
The crown itself contains a large
sapphire, supporting a diamond-studded cross, plus 142 rose-cut diamonds, 18 diamonds and 8 large pearls. It contained of eight half-arches.
After the establishment of the Republic
abdicated in 1918 he was permitted to retain the family jewels, which included the Hohenzollern crown. To protect it from theft and destruction, during the Second World Warit was hidden in a wall in the crypt of a church. After the war it was returned to the Hohenzollernfamily.
It is now kept at the family residence of the Hohenzollern Castle.
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