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12th March - Henry James O'Farrell's second shot is not interrupted by a bystander and the bullet punctures Prince Albert's heart. The prince dies within minutes.



3rd April - After contracting typhoid at Londesborough Lodge, Prince Albert Edward dies.


15th May - Prince George, whilst on deck on HMS Bacchante, slips and breaks his neck.



22nd January - Queen Victoria I dies. Her daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal, becomes Queen Victoria II.

5th August - Queen Victoria II dies of breast cancer. No British males were left in the line of succession, and so the crown went to Wilhelm II of Germany. The news was divisive and controversial; on the one hand, rising nationalism put many against the concept of a German-born king. On the other, Wilhelm's support for both Victoria I and Victoria II on their deathbeds had made him something of a hero amongst the majority of the population, and Britain and Germany were growing fond of each other's cultures. Regardless of the dispute, he was made, and grudgingly accepted as, King William V.


12th July - The Acts of Greater Union are passed in the Parliament and Reichstag. The German Empire and British Empire are united as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Germany, and their colonial empires become known as the Anglo-German Empire.

29th August - The coronation of William takes place in the Cologne Cathedral. He is crowned 'By the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Ireland, and the German Empire and of the Anglo-German Dominions beyond the Seas King William, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India'. Until this point he had been Wilhelm II of Germany and William V of Britain, ruling on separate thrones; now, he ruled from a single throne over a single nation.


The Schlieffen Plan is revised by Secretary of State for War Richard Haldane to be a conquest of Belgium and France north of the Somme prior to their annexation, though with the continuing intent to force a rapid French surrender. These revisions are fiercely debated as Anglo-Germany is still bound to the British-Belgian Alliance. However over the decade sentiment has slowly grown that annexation of Belgium and Calais would allow Anglo-Germans to move more readily and relationships had slowly cooled between Anglo-Germany and Belgium. Anglo-German rhetoric began to turn against Belgium.



February 11th - The Anglo-German-Belgian Alliance is officially revoked.


28th June - Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated by Gavrilo Princip.

28th July - Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia, beginning the Great War.

29th July - The Russian Empire mobilises and declares war on both Austria-Hungary and Anglo-Germany.

30th July - Anglo-Germany mobilises to support Austria-Hungary, declaring war on Russia, and prepares to enact the Schlieffen Plan.

31st July - France declares war on Anglo-Germany.

4th August - German forces invade Belgium, besieging Liege. British fleets have begun blockading and seizing French ports.

15th August - The Anglian Expeditionary Force attacks and captures several key ports in the Calais area and begins to move inland.

17th August - The AEF and the main German army meet up at Arras, crushing the French and Belgian troops between them. The advance on Paris begins.

23rd August - The Battle of Charleroi ends with the cutting off of the French line of retreat and Lanzerac's army is captured.

5th September - Beginning of the Battle of the Marne, the last stand of the French around Paris.

9th September - Despite setbacks and vicious French counterattacks, Anglo-German troops reach the outskirts of Paris. 500,000 are killed or wounded in the fighting. Bitter at the defeat, the French government surrenders, though fighting continues until the 11th.

15th September - Anglo-German forces begin movement into East Prussia to repel Russian forces.


20th March - Belgium, along with the French departments of Pas-de-Calais, Nord, and the remaining land north of the River Somme, is annexed into Anglo-Germany.

The Austrian-Hungarian invasion of Serbia is going very well, by now the large Austrian-Hungarian army has steamrolled through Serbia and has reached Niš. The military commanders don't believe the Serbians will be able to hang on for much longer against their mighty armies.

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