Monday, December 10, 2012

Franz Josef to remary

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 December 10, 1898

Gil Blas, a French newspaper, reports that Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph is going to marry Princess Isabelle of Orléans, third daughter of the late Count of Paris.

Princess Isabelle's eldest brother, Prince Philippe, Duke of Orléans, is the current resented to the French throne.  Her sister, Amelie, is the wife of King Carlos of Portugal.   Another sister, Helene, is the wife of Prince Emanuel, Duke of Aosta.

Princess Isabelle was born at the Chateau d'Eu on May 7, 1878.  Franz Josef is her 48 years her senior.  His wife, Empress Elisabeth, was assassinated in Switzerland in 1898, and his only son and heir, Crown Prince Rudolf committed suicide in 1889.

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