On 23 April 1854, Elisabeth made her solemn entrance into Vienna ahead of her wedding. This began at the Favorita Palace (known as the Theresianum nowadays), which was hardly ever used. The ritual dressing for the event took several hours, and family members gathered at the palace for the ceremonial entrance. It wasn’t until the [read more]
Read part one here. The family spent Christmas of 1888 together, knowing that Marie Valerie would marry. However, they could not have foreseen the tragedy that was to come the following month. On 30 January 1889, Crown Prince Rudolf shot his mistress Mary Vetsera before turning the gun on himself. Marie Valerie found her mother [read more]
It had been nearly ten years since Empress Elisabeth had given birth to her third child. And yet, shortly after being crowned Queen of Hungary, Elisabeth let go of her reluctance to have another child and gave the Hungarians the gift of another child. She was also determined to raise this child herself. Three months [read more]
STARZ has just released the official trailer of Becoming Elizabeth, about the youth of the future Queen Elizabeth I. The series is set to premiere on 12 June 2022.
On 20 April 1854, the 16-year-old Elisabeth left Munich, the city where she had been born, to be married to her first cousin, Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria. The young Princess heard mass in the private chapel of the Herzog-Max-Palais before she began to say goodbye to the servants. She had brought a little [read more]
Grand Empress Dowager Feng’s life is a story of tenacity. She was a princess whose homeland was destroyed by the Northern Wei dynasty. She was a captive and was forced to become a servant by her enemies. She even became an empress of the dynasty that destroyed her kingdom and scattered her family. Despite her [read more]