Franz Joseph was not a great speaker. He made the necessary speeches in Prague or Vienna but he knew he was a terrible orator. At times he would happily confide, “For once I spoke pretty well, without a prompter and without getting stuck.” Once, when he was giving a speech in honor of Wilhelm II at Wilhelm’s birthday celebration, he read, “And now, ladies and gentlemen, I ask you to join me in a triple salute : ‘Kaiser Wilhelm, Hurrah! Hurrah!’” This was followed by a long pause as the emperor turned the page. Then he read, “Hurrah!”


Royal Portraits done by artist Philip de László

  • Princess Elizabeth of York, 1933
  • Marie Louise of Bourbon-Parma, before 1899
  • Franz Joseph I, 1899
  • Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, 1908
  • Constantine I, 1914
  • Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, 1908
  • Alice of Battenberg, 1907
  • Victoria of the United Kingdom, 1907
  • Wilhelm II, 1908
  • Elena Vladimirovna, 1914

Happy Royal Gathering in the occasion of the wedding of Princess Zita and Archduke Charles, 21 October 1911.

The Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria beside Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony mother’s of the groom, received flowers his nephew the Archduke Franz Ferdinand is seen gently taking the bouquet away .The beautiful Archduchess Marie Valerie all smiley in the first gif. Then Franz Ferdinand is seen chatting and laughing with a blushing lady.

Unfortunately Franz Ferdinand’s wife Sophie the Duchess of Hohenberg is not fully seen in the footage, the spectator can only see a glimpse of her smiling broadly.


An engraved and decorated single shot sporting rifle crafted by Johann Springer of Vienna, mid 19th century.

Originally the rifle was a gift from Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph I to his son Crown Prince Rudolph.  Prince Rudolph would later gift the rifle to an Austrian nobleman named Franz von Nassau.  After World War II it was brought to the United States as a war trophy by an American officer.

Estimated Value: $20,000 - $40,000


On June 29th, 1875, Ferdinand I of Austria died. He was second child and oldest son of Francis II and his second wife, Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily.

Due to the centuries of inbreeding among the royal families of Europe, particularly prevalent among the branches of the Habsburg family, he was born with multiple physical and mental problems. A younger sister, Maria Anna, also suffered from similar issues.  He succeeded his father as Emperor upon his death with a regent’s council ruling in his stead, though he was never officially declared incapable of ruling.

He was married to Maria Anna of Sardinia, but it’s though very unlikely the marriage was ever consummated and the couple had no children.

During the revolution of 1848, he was persuaded to abdicate in favour of his nephew, who would go on to rule for nearly 70 years as Franz Joseph I. Ferdinand and his wife lived in retirement together after that, and he died in Prague at the age of 82.

He was buried in Tomb 62 in the Imperial Crypt in Vienna. Maria Anna outlived him by nine years, dying in 1884, and was buried next to him in Tomb 63.

‘What distinguished him [Emperor Franz Joseph I] was an unique air of majesty which set him apart from all others, even members of his immediate family. His presence was awe-inspiring. Theodore Roseevelt, who visited Franz Joseph in 1910, was impressed by the Emperor’s dignity. “You see in me,” Franz Joseph told Roosevelt, “the last European monarch of the old school.” ’

MURAD, Anatol. Franz Joseph I of Austria and His Empire. New York, 1968


On November 21st, 1916, Franz Joseph I of Austria died of pneumonia at the age of 86. He had been on the throne for 67 years, 355 days, longer than any other Austrian Emperor. The only reigns longer than his in the recorded history of Europe were Louis XIV of France and Johann II, Prince of Liechtenstein.

You see in me the last European monarch of the old school.“


Empress Elisabeth of Austria and her family Spam [21/50]

 In April 1854 the magnificent wedding took place in the Wiener Augustinerkirchein Vienna. The only part of the Wedding Dress of Elisabeth that remains is the Court train, that you can see at the Kunsthistorische Museum in Vienna. And the set of jewels that Elisabeth wore on her wedding day.


Empress Elisabeth of Austria and her family Spam [38/50]

Sisi loved Hungary, partly a protest against Sophie, who detested all Hungarians, but also because she felt close to the language and the people of that country. The year 1866 saw Austria plunge into a severe crisis, which threatened to break Austria from many sides. But Sisi’s commitment to an Austrian-Hungarian settlement on the basis of special rights and freedoms for Hungary released the tension between Vienna and Budapest. The Habsburg Empire was divided into two equally authoritative parts.A Dual Monarchy emerged, with Vienna and Budapest as equal capitals. In 1867 Franz Joseph was crowned King of Hungary – Sisi’s biggest political triumph. However despite her commitment to Hungary, at the bottom of her heart Sisi was not a political person.


‘Reincarnation’ is the title of the video-clip created and directed by Karl Lagerfeld to accompany the Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 Métiers d'art collection to be shown on December 2nd 2014 in Salzburg.