Empress Elisabeth of Austria / Elisabeth von Österreich-Ungarn

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Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie in Bavaria, Empress consort of Austria

Also Known As: "Sissi", "Herzogin in Bayern"
Birthplace: Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria
Death: Died in Geneva, Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
Cause of death: assassinated
Place of Burial: Imperial Crypt, Capuchin Church, Vienna, Austria
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Maximilian Joseph, Herzog in Bayern and HRH Princess Ludovika of Bavaria
Wife of Franciszek Józef I von Habsburg-Lothringen and Kaiser Franz Josef I, Emperor of Austria & King of Hungary
Mother of Rudolf, Kronprinz von Österreich-Ungarn; Archduchess Sophie of Austria; Archduchess Gisela of Austria, Princess of Bavaria and Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria
Sister of Ludwig Wilhelm, Herzog in Bayern; Wilhelm Karl von Bayern, Herzog; Helene in Bayern; Carl Theodor, Herzog in Bayern; HRH Marie Sophie Amalie, Duchess in Bavaria and 4 others

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About Empress Elisabeth of Austria / Elisabeth von Österreich-Ungarn

"Elisabeth of Austria (24 December 1837 – 10 September 1898) was the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I, and thus Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary.

Born into Bavarian royalty, Elisabeth (Sisi) enjoyed an informal upbringing, before marrying Franz Joseph at 16. She was suddenly absorbed into Habsburg court life, which she found stifling. She was also at odds with her interfering mother-in-law, Princess Sophie, who took over the rearing of Elisabeth's daughters, one of whom died in infancy. The birth of a male heir Rudolf improved her standing at court, but her health was suffering under the strain, and she would often visit Hungary for its more relaxed environment. She came to develop a deep kinship with Hungary, and helped to bring about the dual monarchy of Austria–Hungary in 1867.

The death of her only son Rudolf, and his mistress Mary Vetsera, in a murder–suicide tragedy at his hunting lodge at Mayerling was a shock from which Elisabeth never recovered. She withdrew from court duties and travelled widely, unaccompanied by her family. In the palace, she was seen to be obsessively concerned with her health and beauty, having to be sewn into her leather corsets and spending two or three hours a day on her coiffure. While travelling in Geneva in 1898, she was stabbed to death by Luigi Lucheni, an Italian anarchist, who had missed his chance to assassinate Prince Philippe, Duke of Orléans, and wanted to kill the next member of royalty that he saw. Elisabeth was the longest-reigning Empress of Austria, at 44 years."


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Empress Elisabeth of Austria / Elisabeth von Österreich-Ungarn's Timeline

December 24, 1837
Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria
April 24, 1854
Age 16
Hofpfarrkirche of St. Augustine, Vienna, Austria
March 5, 1855
Age 17
Vienna, Austria
July 12, 1856
Age 18
Laxenburg, Niederösterreich, Österreich
August 21, 1858
Age 20
Wien, Österreich
June 8, 1867
Age 29
Mátyás templom, Buda, Hungary
April 22, 1868
Age 30
Ofen, Hungary
September 10, 1898
Age 60
Geneva, Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
September 17, 1898
Age 60
Imperial Crypt, Capuchin Church, Vienna, Austria