Prince Waldemar of Prussia (1868–1879)
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|Prince Waldemar of Prussia|
10 February 1868|
Crown Prince's Palace, Berlin, Prussia
|Died||27 March 1879
New Palace, Potsdam, Prussia, German Empire
|Burial||29 March 1879
Friedenskirche, Potsdam, Prussia, German Empire
|Father||Frederick III, German Emperor|
|Mother||Victoria, Princess Royal|
Prince Waldemar of Prussia (Joachim Friedrich Ernst Waldemar; 10 February 1868 – 27 March 1879) was the sixth child and youngest son of Crown Prince Friedrich (later Emperor Friedrich III), and Victoria, Princess Royal, the eldest daughter of the Queen Victoria.
Waldemar was the favourite of both the Princess Royal and her husband. He was a lively, cheerful boy, boisterous and high-spirited, with a sensible, independent and honest nature. He was quick to learn and his mother found him a pleasure to teach. Waldemar had a "fun loving" character and a great sense of humour and love for animals. On one occasion, when visiting his grandmother, Queen Victoria, Waldemar let loose his pet crocodile in her study, much to the shock of the middle-aged queen. The Princess Royal wrote that she would be unhappy when Waldemar went off to school, "as he is my very own boy." She seemed to prefer Waldemar over his elder brothers Wilhelm and Heinrich.
Less than four months after the deaths of his maternal aunt, Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse and cousin, Marie, Waldemar became seriously ill with diphtheria and died in Berlin, Germany on 27 March 1879. He was buried in the royal mausoleum attached to the Friedenskirche at Potsdam, near the main altar and his elder brother Prince Sigismund of Prussia. His parents were later buried not far away in the centre of the mausoleum directly under the dome.
- Richard Hough, Advice to a Grand-daughter. Letters from Queen Victoria to Princess Victoria of Hesse. London, 1975, p. 12.