zita charles wedding

Royal Wedding Recollections – Archduke Charles of Austria & Zita of Bourbon-Parma

On 21 October 1911, Zita of Bourbon-Parma married the future Emperor Charles I of Austria. They had known each other since childhood, and Zita’s aunt, Maria Theresa of Austria, was also Charles’s step-grandmother. Their engagement had been announced on 13 June 1911 and was very much welcomed. After the betrothal ceremony, Charles told Zita, “Now [read more]

Maria Theresia of Austria

Maria Theresa of Austria – Francis’s election as Holy Roman Emperor

When Maria Theresa’s father, Emperor Charles VI died in 1740; Maria Theresa’s sex meant that she was barred from becoming Holy Roman Empress in her own right. However, she did inherit many of her father’s family dominions which he had secured for her during his lifetime by pushing through an act called the Pragmatic sanction in [read more]

Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein

Doorn House – A home for an exiled Emperor and Empress

After Emperor Wilhelm II’s abdication in 1918, he and his wife, Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, went into exile in the Netherlands where he finally settled in this manor house in Doorn, called Huis Doorn. Wilhelm was married to Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein until her death in 1921. She was the daughter of Frederick VIII, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein and Adelheid of [read more]