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Katharina Schratt (1853-1940) was an Austrian actress who became "the uncrowned Empress of Austria" as the mistress and confidant of Emperor Franz Josef. Their relationship lasted for 34 years.

Katharina Schratt (1853-1940) was an Austrian actress who became "the uncrowned Empress of Austria" as the mistress and confidant of Emperor Franz Josef. Their relationship lasted for 34 years.

Empress Elisabeth of Austria painted in a gown designed by Charles Frederick Worth for her coronation as Queen of Hungary in 1867

Empress Elisabeth of Austria painted in a gown designed by Charles Frederick Worth for her coronation as Queen of Hungary in 1867

Empress Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie “Sissi” (1837-assassinated 1898) wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I Austria

Empress Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie “Sissi” (1837-assassinated 1898) wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I Austria

Wax figure of Sisi (empress Elisabeth of Austria) from Madame Tussauds Museum in Vienna

Wax figure of Sisi (empress Elisabeth of Austria) from Madame Tussauds Museum in Vienna

Sophie Friederike von Österreich, daughter of Sissi who died 1857 aged 2 y/o

Sophie Friederike von Österreich, daughter of Sissi who died 1857 aged 2 y/o

Alligator Women - PROJECT B - Limited Edition Prints, Vintage Photographs, Shop Collections

Alligator Women

Alligator Women - PROJECT B - Limited Edition Prints, Vintage Photographs, Shop Collections

Ex-Emperor Karl of Austria with his wife and children in exile.

Ex-Emperor Karl of Austria with his wife and children in exile.

She was Elisabeth's favorite child by far, and was acidly referred to by some courtiers as "Die Einzige" ("The Only Child") because Elisabeth paid so much more attention to her than her siblings. Valerie loved her mother, but according to her diaries, often felt embarrassed and overwhelmed by Elisabeth's concentration on her, particularly as she herself was of a modest and practical nature.

She was Elisabeth's favorite child by far, and was acidly referred to by some courtiers as "Die Einzige" ("The Only Child") because Elisabeth paid so much more attention to her than her siblings. Valerie loved her mother, but according to her diaries, often felt embarrassed and overwhelmed by Elisabeth's concentration on her, particularly as she herself was of a modest and practical nature.

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