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King George V and Kaiser Wilhelm II

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King George V and Kaiser Wilhelm II

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Adding to the tensions in pre-World War I Europe were the close familial ties that bound many rulers. England's King George V was the first cousin of both Kaiser Wilhelm II and Nicholas II of Russia and George, Wilhelm and Nicholas' wife, Alexandra were all grandchildren of Queen Victoria.

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