Frederick III, German Emperor Biography
(Former German Emperor and King of Prussia (1888))
Birthday: October 18, 1831 (Libra)
Born In: Potsdam, Germany
Frederick III was a German emperor who ruled over Prussia and Germany for about 3 months in 1888, during the “Year of the Three Emperors.” He was born to Emperor Wilhelm I and Princess Augusta and was a scion of the House of Hohenzollern that ruled Prussia. Prussia was considered to be the most powerful state of the German Empire back then. Due to differences between his father and mother, Frederick grew up in an extremely troubled household. In addition to following the family tradition of getting military training, Frederick also received a formal classical education. He received widespread recognition during the Franco-Prussian, the Austro-Prussian, and the Second Schleswig wars, owing to his leadership abilities. However, he had a strong anti-war sentiment and was widely known for that. He became the crown prince of Prussia in 1861 and the crown prince of the German Empire in 1871, following the unification of Germany. Following his father’s demise in 1888, he ascended to the throne. However, back then, he was severely sick due to cancer. Thus, he only ruled for 99 days before dying in 1888, at the age of 56.