Today in History - March 5th. 1855 - Archduchess Sophie of Austria

Sophie Friederike Dorothea Maria Josepha was born on March 5th. 1855
at Laxenburg Castle in Vienna (Austria).


Sophie of Austria - Source picture: Wikipedia

Her parents were Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria and his wife
Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sisi).

Archduchess Sophie was named after her grandmother
Princess Sophie of Bavaria, Archduchess of Austria.

Little Sophie was baptised without Elisabeth's knowing.
One year later with the birth of Archduchess Gisela
Sisi's mother in law did the same.

Birth of Sophie - Source picture: Wikipedia


Sisi wrote about this:
She took my children straight away.
I was only allowed to see them when Sophie (of Bavaria) gave her consent.
She was always present when I wanted to see the children. 

Empress Elisabeth tried to discuss this with her husband. But her
appeals were at the beginning unheard. Finally Sisi received the
permission to take her children with her while traveling to Hungary.

Unfortunately in Budapest the girls went ill. They got diarrhea and
typhus fever. Gisela survived but Sophie died in her mother's arms
on May 29th. 1857.

Sophie was buried in the Imperial Crypt at the Capuchin Church
in Vienna.
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