Kaiser Wilhelm II was to Germany what Prince Joffrey was to King’s Landing in Game of Thrones. He was a ruler that was reckless, emotional, and always felt entitled. One of his most famous fiascoes was his interview with a British daily newspaper where he made wild statements and diplomatically damaging comments. Wilhelm was supposed to use the interview as an opportunity to promote his views and ideas on Anglo-German friendship, but because of his emotional outbursts during the interview, he ended up further distancing not only the British, but also the French, Russians, and Japanese. After reading about his interview, everyone in Germany was furious and called for his abdication. In late 1918, due to popular unrest in Germany combined with a naval mutiny and officers and men of the army refusing to fight for Wilhelm's throne on the home front, civilian political leaders were convinced that the Kaiser had to renounce his throne to preserve order. Wilhelm’s abdication was announced on November 9, 1918, before he had actually agreed to it and spent the rest of his life in exile in the Netherlands, where he died at age 82. During this time, he grew a beard and allowed his famous mustache to droop.
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