1991 Reburial of the coffins of Frederick William I and Frederick the Great to Potsdam
Umbettung der Särge von Friedrich Wilhelm I. und Friedrichs des Großen nach Potsdam
Following more than 200 years and after searching for a suitable burial location since the start of World War II, the will of Frederick the Great is met on 17 August 1991 – his mortal remains are interred on the upper edge of the terrace of Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam. The remains of his father find their final burial place in the Kaiser Friedrich Mausoleum near the Protestant Church of Peace in Park Sanssouci. The reunification of Germany enables the final reburial. The method of staging and orchestration, an unconventional mix of act of state, public festival and family celebration with attendance by German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and Prince Louis Ferdinand, the former head of the house of Prussia, proves to be highly controversial.