Beautiful vintage postcard depicting the famous Austrian Empress Elisabeth, also known as Sisi.
Unused postcard from ca. 1905 in good condition.
Elisabeth of Austria (21837 – 1898) was the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I, and thus Empress of Austria, Queen of Hungary and Queen consort of Croatia and Bohemia.
Born into Bavarian royalty, Elisabeth ("Sisi") enjoyed an informal upbringing, before marrying Franz Joseph when she was 16 years old. The birth of a male heir Rudolf improved her standing at court, but her health suffered 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 1889 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.
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