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1868: Marie Valerie – the Youngest Child of Emperor Francis Joseph and Empress Sissi

1868: Marie Valerie – the Youngest Child of Emperor Francis Joseph and Empress Sissi
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/ Marie Valerie short before her engagement

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  • Historical event:
  • 22 April 1868
  • Apparently, Marie Valerie was the favorite daughter of her mother Empress Sissi.

The Austrian Archduchess Marie Valerie was born on this day in 1868.

She was the youngest daughter of Emperor Francis Joseph and Empress Sissi. Sissi gave birth to four children, but the first of them – Duchess Sophie – died as a two-year-old child.

Furthermore, the only son of the imperial pair – Crown Prince Rudolf – died at the age of 30 during a mysterious incident at Mayerling. Thus, only Marie Valerie and her sister Gisela outlived their parents.

Marie Valerie and Gisela could not inherit the throne from their father Francis Joseph since they were women. If Archduke Francis Ferdinand hadn`t been assassinated (in Sarajevo), he would have inherited the throne. However, the crown was given to Karl von Habsburg (the last ruler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire).

Apparently, Marie Valerie was the favorite daughter of her mother, Empress Sissi, which is not a rare phenomenon when we`re talking about the youngest child. It is interesting to note that Sissi gave birth to Marie Valerie in Buda, the capital of Hungary (Sissi was also the Hungarian Queen).

She was born about ten years after the previous Empress`s child – Crown Prince Rudolf. Austria-Hungary was established in 1867, one year before her birth.

Marie Valerie married her cousin Archduke Franz Salvator. They had ten children. Let us add that the other children of Princess Sissi also had descendants – Archduchess Gisela had four children, and Archduke Rudolph had one daughter.

Franz Joseph`s son didn`t inherit the throne, but there are many descendants of Sissi and Franz Joseph (hundreds of people). Marie Valerie died at the age of 57 in 1924.

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