Thursday, December 16, 2010

Crown Prince's marriage postponed

December 16, 1880

The New York Times has received a dispatch from Pest: "The marriage of Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria with Princess Stephanie of Belgium, which was fixed for February, has been postponed until warmer weather out of consideration for the state of the bride's health."

Emperor Franz Josef and Crown Prince Rudolph have declined an offer from the city of Vienna to host a pre-wedding ball at the Opera House.  They have requested that the money "intended to be appropriated for that entertainment shall be given to the poor of Vienna."   Franz Josef and his son will also offer "liberal contributions themselves for the same purpose."

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