The Last Kaiser’s Other Tropical Attire

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This author previously noted that the collection of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s private uniforms at Huis Doorn included a mystery helmet that appears to be British; a helmet that he may have never wore in any official capacity. However, the last Kaiser of Germany did in fact wear a bombastic tropical uniform in his visit to Palestine in 1898 (shown above at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem).

While, this doesn’t explain how the apparent British six-panel colonial pattern helmet came to be a part of Willie’s personal items at Doorn, it does show that he was prepared for any occasion, including a visit to the Holy Land in German tropical attire.

The Last Kaiser and his Life Guard in Palestine in 1898

The Last Kaiser and his Life Guard in Palestine in 1898

A commemorative coin for Willie’s visit to Palestine shows the Kaiser in profile with a sun helmet.

A commemorative coin for Willie’s visit to Palestine shows the Kaiser in profile with a sun helmet.

A still from a German documentary that chronicled the 700 year relationship between central Europe and the Islamic culture – and included a segment on Kaiser Wilhelm II’s visit to Palestine, as well as his efforts to start a holy war against the British Empire during World War I

A still from a German documentary that chronicled the 700 year relationship between central Europe and the Islamic culture – and included a segment on Kaiser Wilhelm II’s visit to Palestine, as well as his efforts to start a holy war against the British Empire during World War I

Peter Suciu

 

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