Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Franz Joseph refuses to receive Leopold

August 26, 1903

The Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph has refused to receive King Leopold II of the Belgians, according to a report in the Times and republished in the New York Times.
The Viennese correspondent for the Times says that announcement that Leopold left Gastein for Vienna is "contradicted." He went "to Innsbruck on his way to Zurich."
There are persistent rumors that Leopold has "sounded the Austrian court out" regarding a visit to Franz Joseph. Their "relations have long lacked cordiality and are positively strained" due to Leopold's treatment of his daughter, Stephanie, Countess Lonyay, following her mother's death.
Princess Stephanie is the widow of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, Franz Joseph's only son.

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