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  1. Can anyone tell me if there is an online resource (preferably open source) for the Handbuch über den Königlich Preußischen Hof und Staat für das Jahr 1914, and where to find it? One of my continued fascinations and curiosities with the European monarchies before the Great War is the proliferation of gifting orders, medals, and honorary military commissions to members of the royal house, extended family, and to foreign royals. This book is the one that would tie everything together (at least for those directly linked to the Prussians) immediately before the war. Always interested in Wilhelm's younger children, I am currently chasing more information on the Hannovers. The 1908 Handbuch is simply too early to show Ernst August III, Herzog zu Braunschweig-Lüneburg. Incidentally, if you have a wartime source for similar information (full list of orders, medals, commissions) for Ernst August III and his father (the Kronprinz of Hannover), that would be great. Thanks.
  2. 922F is probably pretty close. Prince Charles Edward of Albany (Prince Leopold of the UK, 1st Duke of Albany's posthumous son & heir) was the COL-in-Chief of the Seaforth Highlanders like his father before him. He was, thus, a British prince and the 2nd Duke of Albany, long before he was ordered (by Queen Victoria) to take up the vacant post of (German) Duke of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha. All of the above posts seem to suggest this as a legitmate, if routine, medal swapping (for lack of a better label). "Carl Eduard", as he was known in Germany, ended up on the wrong side in the Great War. Despite being ordered there by a British monarch, he wound up stripped of his British titles by act of another British monarch, for having followed the royal dictate. "Bitter" seems the best label for how the former duke felt and how he conducted himself afterwards. You are probably aware the he ended up as a pet of Hitler. No Seaforth Highlander (or anyone else) would have had any notion of that future infamy, in 1911. Your grandfather appears to have commanded all the respect of an honorable, professional soldier. Thanks for sharing!
  3. I'm not sure the Black Eagle Order statutes prescribed a military rank to accompany the knightly investment. There does seem to be a statute, however, that ensures investment of the Grand Cross of the Order of the Red Eagle and the Prussian Crown Order, First Class. I'm a novice at translating German, and may be missing something. So it is possible that this all-at-once, fistfull of top-grade knighthoods was reserved for Prussian princes. The photo settles none of this for me, but leaves an excellent question. Wittich advanced through the ranks and collected his own medals and orders along the way. Are we seeing the Red Eagle Grand Cross with Crown, Oakleaves and Swords on the ring because the Black Eagle Order statute automatically bumped him up to it within the Red Eagle Order?
  4. I don't seem to have access to the public records (Handbuch fur Hof und Stadt) for 1918, that would show whether or not Prinz Oskar held commission in Kürassier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr. 2. Yet, I have plenty of photographic evidence that seems to show him in that uniform - occassionally along with his brother the Kronprinz. Can anyone share his vitae?
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