Archduchess Sophie of Austria

Archduchess Sophie of Austria

Archduchess Sophie of Austria (birth name: "Sophie Friederike Dorothea Maria Josepha von Habsburg-Lothringen") (March 5, 1855 in ViennaMay 29, 1857 in Budapest) was born to Empress Elisabeth of Austria ("Sissi") and Emperor Franz Josef of Austria. She was their first child, and was named after her paternal grandmother, Sophie, Princess of Bavaria.

In 1857, the Imperial couple visited Hungary, taking with them Sophie and her younger sister Archduchess Gisela of Austria. During this trip, both children fell ill with diarrhea. While Gisela recovered quickly, Sophie became steadily weaker until she finally succumbed and died. She was two years old. Later it was theorized that she died not of diarrhea and fever, but of typhus.

The death of her firstborn child threw Empress Elisabeth into bouts of heavy depression, which would haunt her for the rest of her life.


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1= 1. Archduchess Sophie of Austria
2= 2. Franz Joseph I of Austria
3= 3. Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria
4= 4. Archduke Franz Karl of Austria
5= 5. Princess Sophie of Bavaria
6= 6. Maximilian Joseph, Duke in Bavaria
7= 7. Princess Ludovika of Bavaria
8= 8. Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor
9= 9. Princess Maria Teresa of the Two Sicilies
10= 10. Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria
11= 11. Princess Caroline of Baden
12= 12. Duke Pius August in Bavaria
13= 13. Princess Amélie Louise of Arenberg
14= 14. Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria (= 10)
15= 15. Princess Caroline of Baden (= 11)
16= 16. Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor
17= 17. Infanta Maria Louisa of Spain
18= 18. Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies
19= 19. Archduchess Maria Carolina of Austria
20= 20. Count Palatine Frederick Michael of Zweibrücken
21= 21. Countess Palatine Maria Franziska of Sulzbach
22= 22. Margrave Charles Louis of Baden
23= 23. Landgravine Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt
24= 24. Wilhelm, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld-Gelnhausen
25= 25. Marie Anna of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld
26= 26. Duke Ludwig Maria of Arenberg
27= 27. Anne de Mailly-Nesle
28= 28. Count Palatine Frederick Michael of Zweibrücken (= 20)
29= 29. Countess Palatine Maria Franziska of Sulzbach (= 21)
30= 30. Margrave Charles Louis of Baden (= 22)
31= 31. Landgravine Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt (= 23)

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