Mitzi or Mizzi was born as Maria Kaspar on 28 September 1864 in Austria. We do not have any details on her parentage or the early years of her life, as it was only in adulthood that she came into the public eye. The first details that we have on her are that she was [read more]
Empress Elisabeth of Austria’s most iconic portrait is the one by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, in which she wore the diamond stars in her hair. The stars were ordered by the Empress from jewellers Köchert and Pioté in Vienna. They consisted of diamonds and a centre pearl. Some of the stars were given to her ladies-in-waiting, [read more]
With just six days to go until the official release, Netflix has released the official trailer for The Empress. Don’t forget to turn on the captions for English subtitles.
On 15 September 1898, the body of Empress Elisabeth arrived at the Hofburg in Vienna. Elisabeth’s wish to be buried “at the ocean, preferably on Corfu” would not be honoured. Elisabeth’s body was placed in the chapel of the Hofburg in a closed casket. By the account of Count Erich Kielmannsegg, “not many tears were [read more]
On 17 September 1898, just six days after the assassination of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, her husband created the Imperial Austrian Order of Elisabeth in her honour. It also paid tribute to Saint Elisabeth of Hungary. It was divided into three classes: Grand Cross, First and Second Class. In addition, there was an Elisabeth medal [read more]
Empress Elisabeth of Austria was an icon during her lifetime, and her tragic death only enhanced the magic. In the summer of 1898, Elisabeth met with her husband in Bad Ischl, where they were joined by their daughter Archduchess Marie Valerie. Elisabeth was “in low spirits, as always.” Elisabeth then departed for Bad Nauheim while [read more]