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♚[12/15] Memorable Royal Moments - The Assassination of Empress Elisabeth♚
Elisabeth of Bavaria, popularly known as Sisi/Sissi, was the famously beautiful but deeply troubled wife of Franz Joseph I. She had a very informal upbringing, and the rigidity of court life was stifling to her. She became obsessive over her health and appearance, exercising constantly. She had to be sewn into her tight corsets and spent hours daily on her hair.
After the death of her only son, Crown Prince Rudolf, in 1889, she sank into an even deeper depression. She wore mourning for the rest of her life and spent increasing amounts of time travelling abroad. In 1898 Elisabeth travelled incognito to Geneva, Switzerland, despite rumours of assassination attempts.
On September 10th, she and her lady in waiting left their hotel to catch a steamship bound for Montreux. While walking there, she was approached by 25-year-old Italian anarchist Luigi Lucheni, who proceeded to stab her with a sharpened file. Lucheni would alter say he’d come to Geneva to kill a sovereign, and it didn’t matter who it was. His initial target was the Duke of Orléans,but he had left the city and so he settled on Elisabeth instead.
After being stabbed,Elisabeth collapsed but was helped to her feet and managed to get to the ship. She lost consciousness on the ship again, and her lady in waiting cut the laces of her tight corset so she could breathe. The Empress revived long enough to say she wasn’t in pain and ask what happened, before collapsing yet again. A brown stain was then noticed on her left breast, and the ship was turned back towards port. By the time they’d carried her back to the hotel, Elisabeth was dead. Lucheni was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison, but was found hanged in his cell, an apparent suicide, in 1910.