history meme ◇ (1/9) royalty ◇ empress elisabeth of austria
Elisabeth of Austria (1837 – 1898) was the wife of Franz Joseph I, and therefore both Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. The Empress is now thought to have been a non-conformist who abhorred conventional court protocol, as well as a free spirit, who valued an individual sense of freedom above anything else. Following the suicide of her son Rudolf, she withdrew from public life. She was murdered by an anarchist in Geneva, Switzerland at the age of 60.