Today in History - February 8th. 1792 - Caroline Augusta of Bavaria

Caroline Augusta of Bavaria was born on  February 8th. 1792.


Caroline Augusta of Bavaria
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Her parents were King Maximilian I of Bavaria and his first wife,
Augusta Wilhelmina of Hesse-Darmstadt.

In 1808, Caroline married William, Crown Prince of Württemberg.
This was arranged to avoid a political marriage organized by Napoleon.
After the ceremony her spouse said: "We are victims of politics".
They divorced in 1814. The marriage was dissolved by Pope Pius VII.

In 1816, Caroline married Francis I, Emperor of Austria & King of Hungary
and Bohemia. They had no children.


Emperor Francis I of Austria, King of Hungary and Bohemia
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She became very popular in Austria, due to her charity work.
Caroline founded some hospitals and residences for the poor.

After the death of her husband, she moved to Salzburg.
Caroline was close friends with her sister, Archduchess Sophie of Austria and
with her niece, Empress Elisabeth (Sisi) as well.

Caroline Augusta of Bavaria died on February 9th. 1873.