Today in History - August 28th. 1691 - Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

The eldest daughter of Louis Rudolph, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel and
Princess Christine Louise of Oettingen-Oettingen was born on August 28th. 1691.
The girl was called Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.



Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel -
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At the age of 13! she became engaged to the future Charles VI,
Holy Roman Emperor,after a lot of negotiations between her grandfather
and Charles's sister-in-law, Empress Wilhelmina.

Initially she refused to marry a catholic Prince but finally she agreed
under pressure of her family. The wedding took place on May 1st. 1707 .

In 1711 her husband took possession of the Imperial Crown in Vienna and
she became Empress, but during that time Elisabeth Christine was appointed
by her husband as General Governor of Catalonia, which she wisely ruled
until 1713. Then the Empress joined her husband in Austria. 

Elisabeth Christine was described as accomplished in music, discrete, modest, 
intelligent and self-sufficient. She established political connections among the
ministers.

But the pressure to produce a male hare became very hard.
The couple had 4 children:1 son (who died young) and 3 daughters. 
One of her daughters was Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.

In 1740 Charles VI died and she became a widow.
Elisabeth died 10 years later on December 21st. 1750 in Vienna. 
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