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Princess Sisi: Scandlous and Beautiful Empress

Lucie Vojvodíková

Author: Lucie Vojvodíková,

Published: 22. 8. 2016 | Updated: 30. 1. 2023PrintSend by email

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Her beauty, her free spirit and rebel heart made her one of the most popular and famous empress in Austrian history. Empress Elizabeth, nicknamed as Sisi, was and to many women around the world still is a role model thanks to her independent will. Unfortunately, life had not been very kind to her. her individual identity and fight against Habsburg protocol 


She was born on 24th December 1837 in Munich and grew up a carefree and unconcerned child, not stranded by strict rules of a royal family, on the Possenhof castle. She did not even attended all her lessons, had enough time to play and swim in the lake by the house.

The proposal and her children

Franz Josef I and Empress Elizabeth (Sisi) portraits in Schönbrunn palace, ViennaFranz Josef I and Empress Elizabeth (Sisi) portraits in Schönbrunn palace, ViennaFoto:

When she was 15 years old, she went with her mother, princess Ludovika, and her older sister Helene to Bad Ischl where Franz Josef I was to propose to Helene. Impressed by Sisi's beauty, he chose to live with her instead of Helene and persuated his mother, Archduchess Sophie, to give them a blesiing. Five days later, the engagement anouncement was made and after eighth months they were married in Vienna. Sisi became a ''Kaiserin'' = the Empress.

Having spend her childhood quite freely, she simply couldn't get used to the rigind protocl of the Habsburg dynasty. From the very start she has a bad relationship with her mother-in-law who dissaproved of Sisi. Sophie believed that the only purpose of Sisi was to produce the heir. Sisi gave birth to four children: three girls, one of them tragically died and a boy, Crown Prince Rudolf. All children were taken from her and raised by her mother-in-law. Since then she distanced from the court and also from her husband, even though he loved her deeply.

Her renowned beauty

Sisi's hairSisi's hairFoto:

Having no control of many aspects of life, she started to focus on her own body. She excercised a lot, she adapte the Knight's Hall in Hofsburg as a gym. To preserve her slim waist, she tighten her dresses and held strict diets. Her personal hairdresser Fanny combed her auburn hair that touched the ground for two hours and every two or three weekes she washed them with eggs and cognac. Fanny also developed the famous hairstyle of Sisi - braids laid over her head as tiara.

To keep her skin soft and beautiful, she put crushed strawberries and herbs as a facial mask and bathed in a donkey milk. Next to her obsession for staying fit, her new passion became travelling the Europe.

The assasination

The life did not spare Sisi at all. Another tragic event striked her: her only son Rudolf was found dead along his mistress. Since then Sisi withdraw from public and wore only black clothes. She also couldn't handle that she is growing old. That is why it is so hard to find any picture of her in late years. That is why many people think that she died young. She was, however, 60 when an Italian approached her on her walk and stabbed her with a file. She lost her consciousness and died soon afterwards, leaving her husband devastated for the rest of his life.

Figurine of Sisi at Madame Tussauds in ViennaFigurine of Sisi at Madame Tussauds in ViennaFoto:



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