Wilhelm I (1859-1888) King of Prussia from 1861, being proclaimed first Emperor of Germany, 1871. After the defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871, as a gesture of further humiliation of the French, on 18 January 1871 Wilhelm was crowned in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. the palace built by Louis XIV. Otto von Bismarck, German Chancellor, in which coat in centre.
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