Imperial Partial Beard


Category description:

All facial hair not growing from the cheeks and upper lip must be clean shaven. Areas at least 4 cm wide (the width of a razor blade) on the chin and between the temple and the partial beard must be clean shaven. The entire partial beard (not just the moustache) is curled upward. No closed curls are permitted. The moustache may not be highlighted. The beard may not be too wide and may not extend above the level of the eyes.

Styling aids* permitted.


This category memorializes Kaiser Wilhelm I (1797–1888), King of Prussia and the first emperor of a united Germany. He was the grandfather of Kaiser Wilhelm II, for whom the Imperial moustache category is named.

2011 WBMC Results:

First: Karl-Heinz Hille, Germany
Second: Terje Aaberg, Norway
Third: Ronnie Coosemans, Belgium


If bearding has an emporer, it’s Karl-Heinz “Kalle” Hille from the Kaiser Wilhelm I’s hometown of Berlin. Kalle won in Carson City in 2003, in Berlin in 2005, in Brighton in 2007, in Anchorage in 2009, and in Trondhjem in 2011. He was also second overall in Anchorage and first overall in Carson City as well as in Ystad in 1999.

Watch for a showdown in Leinfelden-Echterdingen between Kalle and BTUSA ringer Michael “MJ” Johnson, current USA-National champ in this category. MJ (pictured below) will be competing in his first world championship. Could the empire be about to collapse? The world will find out on November 2. michael johnson by greg anderson

Note: The 2013 World Beard and Moustache Championships will be conducted in accordance with the official Rules and Regulations of the Association of German Beard Clubs. The description set forth above is an unofficial English translation.

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