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  • The adjective wilhelmine (from Wilhelm, the German form of the name William, ) usually refers to Kaiser Wilhelm II (familiarly known to British troops as 'Kaiser Bill'), who ruled Germany during the First World War. See further King William.
  • The proper noun Wilhelmine is a girl's forename, which, like its cognate Wilhelmina, is not in much use in Britain in the twenty-first century so far (2016). Wilhelmina owes its greater popularity in the Netherlands to the long reign and popularity of Queen Wilhelmina, (1880–1962, reigned 1890-1948). She behaved with courage and resolution during both World War I and World War II, when she headed the Dutch government in exile and was an inspiration to the Dutch resistance, earning, according to [(2016)] the compliment from Churchill that she was "the only real man among the governments-in-exile in London."