In April 1843, Princess Ludovika of Bavaria – wife of Maximilian Joseph, Duke in Bavaria – wrote to her niece Mathilde (Princess Mathilde Caroline of Bavaria, later Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine) that she was pregnant for the 7th time. She was “a little more miserable than usual, but when God gives me [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]