Elisabeth in Bavaria

Sisi’s training to become an Empress

The newly engaged couple said their goodbyes on 31 August. For Elisabeth, the period between now and the wedding on 24 April would be one intense course of study on how to behave like an Empress. Her education until now had been relatively informal, and she desperately needed to learn French and Italian as soon [read more]


Sisi’s solemn entrance into Vienna

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]