I am a seagull, of no land,
I call no shore my home,
I am bound to no place,
I fly from wave to wave.
Empress Elisabeth of Austria, North Sea Songs 7, 1885
Emperor Wilhelm II, Empress Augusta Viktoria and Prince Oskar at the Achilleion in Corfu. The palace belonged to Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who left it to her daughter Archduchess Gisela. Later the building was purchased by German Emperor Wilhelm II, who removed the statue of the Jewish poet Heinrich Heine and replaced it with a statue of Elisabeth. During the first WW, it was used as base hospital by the French and Serbian army. During the second WW it was occupied by the German Wehrmacht. For some time it was then a museum, casino, kindergarten, used for a meeting of the EU (where Austria officially joined the Union) and today it´s a tourist attraction.
HISTORY MEME → (1/5) assassinations: Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1898)
In 1898, despite warnings of possible assassination attempts, the sixty-year-old Elisabeth travelled incognito to Geneva, Switzerland. She stayed at the Hôtel Beau-Rivage, where she had been a guest the year before. At 1:35 p.m. on Saturday, 10 September 1898, Elisabeth and Countess Irma Sztáray de Sztára et Nagymihály, her lady in waiting, left the hotel on the shore of Lake Geneva on foot to catch the steamship Genève for Montreux. They were walking along the promenade when the 25-year-old Italian anarchist Luigi Lucheni approached them, attempting to peer underneath the empress’s parasol. According to Sztaray, as the ship’s bell announced the departure, Lucheni seemed to stumble and made a movement with his hand as if he wanted to maintain his balance. In reality, in an act of “propaganda of the deed”, he had stabbed Elisabeth with a sharpened needle file that was 4 inches (100 mm) long that he had inserted into a wooden handle. A former mason, railway laborer and former valet to the Prince of Aragon, Lucheni originally planned to kill the Duke of Orléans, but the Pretender to France’s throne had left Geneva earlier for the Valais. Failing to find him, the assassin selected Elisabeth when a Geneva newspaper revealed that the elegant woman traveling under the pseudonym of “Countess of Hohenembs” was the Empress Elisabeth of Austria. After Lucheni struck her, the empress collapsed. [read more]
~ • Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Queen of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia • ~
24 December 1837 – 10 September 1898
Telegram written by Empress Elisabeth (September 25th, 1896) on occasion of the birth of her grandchild, Archduchess Hedwig, daughter of Archduchess Marie Valerie.
Ischl, 25. 9. 1896, geducktes Formular des k. u. k. Hof-Telegraphenamts. "Valerie wohl und frisch. Die Kleine sehr stark. Die drei anderen sehr gewachsen. Heute früh Regen, 5 Grad, jetzt Sonne. Elisabeth". Kaiser Franz Joseph antwortet (eigenhändig): "So eben erhalten, sende … 1000 herzliche Grüße FJ".
The fact that Elisabeth got her anchor tatto at a Greek harbour pub, will make her always one of my fav Royals.