Monday, July 19, 2010

Herzog Friedrich von Anhalt

Herzog Friedrich von Anhalt had a fantastic mustache and a nice helmet too.

from Wikipedia: Frederick II (19 August 1856 - 22 April 1918) was a Duke of Anhalt.

He was born in Dessau the second son of Hereditary Prince Frederick of Anhalt-Dessau and his wife Princess Antoinette of Saxe-Altenburg.[1] In 1863 his grandfather Leopold IV became Duke of the united Duchy of Anhalt following the death of the last Duke of Anhalt-Bernburg. His father succeeded as Duke of Anhalt on 22 May 1871. Frederick became heir apparent and Hereditary Prince following the death of his brother Leopold on 2 February 1886. Frederick was married on 2 July 1889 at Karlsruhe to Princess Marie of Baden, elder sister of Prince Maximilian of Baden, 8th Chancellor of Germany.[2]

On 24 January 1904 he succeeded his father as Duke of Anhalt.[3] During his reign he was known for his love of music and maintained a Court Theatre which became celebrated throughout Europe.[4] He died at Ballenstedt Castle and was succeeded by his brother Eduard.

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