Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Louis XV presents Reich Duke Wilhelm a carriage and escort
King Louis XV of France presents FM Reich Duke Wilhelm von Beerstein a new carriage from the famed coach builder Louis-Philippe to honor his promotion to Field Marshall. The king was very impressed with Wilhelm's string of victories over the dreaded Prussians and wanted to demonstrate his admiration. In addition to the fine carriage, King Louis XV presented the Reich Duke a squadron of elite mounted musketeers equipped like his own Guard Musketeers. The Reich Duke and Duchess were overwhelmed by the generosity of King Louis XV and were anxious to tour the capital in style.