Prince Wilhelm of Prussia, the eldest son of the Crown Prince of Germany, whose education and upbringing will be that of a soldier from his earliest years Photo, Photochrome, Berlin country, will probably have a similar effect on the life of this boy who, in due course, is to sit on a throne and rule with a despotic hand millions of people. In the meantime, he is leading a healthy, open-air existence at Peterhof, Tsarskoe Selo, or the Winter Palace, where he and his four sisters have a jolly time with their favourite Finland pony, given to them by their father.
For some years Miss M. Eager, an American lady, was in charge of the Russian Imperial nurseries, and has told how devoted the children are to one another, and of the simple, domesticated life of their parents. It is the custom for the children to lunch with their parents, and it is a great punishment when they are sent to lunch in the nursery for being unruly. Perhaps the following stories, however, illustrate far better than anything else the simplicity which characterises the Russian Royal children. One day, while out with his elder sisters, Olga and Tatiana, the Grand Duke found a dead bird under a tree. He had made up his mind to keep it, when Tatiana exclaimed: "I am afraid we are doing wrong in taking this poor thing away. Perhaps at this very moment God is sending an angel down to bring it up to Him. And fancy how dreadful it would be if the poor angel looked everywhere and could not find it." Thereupon they put the bird back where they had found it. Next morning they discovered that the dead bird had gone, and Olga turned to Miss Eager with a beaming face, and said: "The dear angel! I am so glad he had not the trouble of looking for that bird." But Tatiana thought otherwise. "How delightful it would have been," she said "to have seen and spoken to an angel, and then to have seen him fly away."
"They loved to find things in the park and garden," says Miss Eager. "The first cowslip or butterfly or bird's-nest are all objects of great interest to them. One day Tatiana was skipping on in front, and suddenly turned a corner. 'come, come quickly,' she cried, 'i have found where the Christmas-trees grow and all the candles are alight.' We hurried up, and found her looking with delight at a large horse-chestnut tree in full bloom."
Prince Olaf of Norway, one of the most popular of Royal children He is the son of King Haakon and Queen Maud, and, through his mother, a nephew of King George of England Photo, Wiek for his great position. He promises to be a more sturdy and healthy man than his father, but the training of the heir to the throne of Russia has relaxed in its severity somewhat since the days of his Highness's great-grandfather, Alexander II., who [had to rise at six, and, after prayers and breakfast, work at his lessons from seven until noon, with an hour for recreation. Then came a two hours' walk, dinner at two, after which he played or rested until five, when lessons were resumed until seven o'clock. Then the gymnastic instructor took him in hand for an hour, supper being served at eight. The evening was devoted to a review of the day's achievements and to posting the diary, bedtime being ten o'clock. On Sundays and holidays the hours devoted to lessons were taken up partly with improving reading, partly with some handicraft and gymnastics.
The Tsar, however, is no great believer in strict training for his son. "To persist in forcing a child to do things, day after day, for which it has no liking or aptitude is, in my opinion, totally wrong," he once said. On the other hand, the German Emperor is one of the strictest parents in Europe. He brought up his sons on severe lines, and the Crown Prince is determined that his eldest son, Prince Wilhelm, who was born at the Marble Palace, near Potsdam, in 1906, and may . one day sit on the throne of Prussia, shall be brought up in the same way. For two brief years his mother, Crown Princess Cecilie, had her little son all to herself, but since his second birthday all this has changed. The Prince is now considered the property of the Royal Family, and subject to the orders of the Emperor. He will henceforth be brought up in the discipline in which the Emperor- himself, and his sons, and all the German Princes have for generations been reared.
Already the little Prince's military training has commenced, and no time has been lost in disciplining the little fellow to become the future War Lord of the German Empire. "My boys must be soldiers, like their ancestors," said the German Emperor of his sons, and it is his intention that his grandsons shall not fall below the military ideals that are the tradition of the Royal House. Prince Wilhelm's father, the German Crown Prince, was a soldier when he was ten years of age, and his son learned to ride a horse when he was two years old. Little German princes, indeed, are put on horseback almost as soon as they can walk, and are taught to ride bareback.
Soon Prince Wilhelm will begin his regular studies, rising at six o'clock and going to bed at seven, as his father did at his age. And, doubtless, in time he will undergo a course of technical education. His father is an expert mechanic, and followed a course of instruction as an apprentice in the employ of a large engineering firm, and studied not only military life, but also the art of administration under the guidance of officers of the State. All the German Princes are taught English almost as early as they learn German, and it is an interesting fact that the German Crown Prince was taught English by an English nurse.