The German Emperor is the head of state of the German Empire, and is the head of the House of Hohenzollern,
478px-Georg Friedrich Prinz von Preussen

Georg Friedrich I, German Emperor

the ruling family of the German Empire. It was established on January 18, 1871, with the declaration of the German Empire, and was the title first given to the, then King of Prussia, Wilhelm I. The powers of the German Emperor are listed clearly in the Constitution of the German Empire, and is the commander-in-chief of the Imperial German Armed forces, or Kaiserliche Streitkräfte. The current serving German Emperor is Georg Friedrich I, who has been serving in the role since September 26, 1994, when his grandfather, Emperor Louis Ferdinand I, died.


Initially dreamt of by Wilhelm I, then King of Prussia, during the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, the war then gave him the power afterwards to truly fight for it. Following Austria's loss of the war, Prussia replaced the German Confederation with its own North German Confederation in 1866, he was in a position to create a single German nation. However, when the War of Nations resulted in the creation of the German Empire in 1871, Wilhelm's idea for the title, "Emperor of Germany" was argued against by Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. Bismarck said that choosing such a title would anger Austria, which was heavily German in its administration, and proposed the title "German Emperor" instead. The two

The Creation of the German Empire, in the Hofburg Palace of Vienna

entered into a political stand-off, but ultimately, Bismarck won, and Wilhelm I, King of Prussia, became Wilhelm I, German Emperor. emperor

With the establishment of the Empire, the Emperor was made not the single real nobleman of his country, but instead the president of the federated monarchs of the empire, establishing the Empire as a unique state. Multiple other sub-rulers and dukes, such as those in Bavaria and Saxony, continued to rule in Germany, but the Emperor held absolute control of the monarchies, and the Chancellor enforced both of theirs' iron wills. Although the Empire itself has been shifting in its global role since the Empire's founding in 1871, the seat of Emperor has remained powerful, and supreme among the Empire.

List of Emperors

# Portrait Name and Title Date of Birth Date of Death Length of Reign
1 120px-Wilhelm1 Wilhelm I March 22, 1797 March 9, 1888 (Age 90) January 18, 1871-March 9, 1888
2 Frederick III 1 Friedrich III October 18, 1831 December 26, 1888 (Age 57) March 9, 1888-December 26, 1888
3 Wilhelm2mitsaebel Wilhelm II January 27, 1859 June 4, 1941 (Age 82) December 26, 1888-June 4, 1941
4 King Wilhelm VI Wilhelm III May 6, 1882 July 20, 1951 (Age 69) June 4, 1941-July 20, 1951
5 Ludwig Ferdinand von Preussen Louis Ferdinand I November 9, 1907 September 26, 1994 (Age 83) July 20, 1951-September 26, 1994
6 478px-Georg Friedrich Prinz von Preussen Georg Friedrich I June 10, 1976 September 26 1994-present

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