Princess Bavaria
Bavarian princess
Princess Bavaria
Sophie Friederike Dorothee Wilhelmine, Princess of Bavaria was born to King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria and his second wife Caroline of Baden. She was the identical twin sister of Princess Maria Anna of Bavaria, Queen of Saxony as wife of Frederick Augustus II of Saxony.
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  • 1872
    Age 67
    She died of a brain tumor in 1872.
    More Details Hide Details She was also noted for her close relationship with Napoleon II, who lived at the Austrian Court as the Duke of Reichstadt. There were rumors of a sexual affair between them. There was even suspicion that Maximilian, born two weeks before Reichstadt's death in 1832, was actually his child. These claims were never verified, but it is certain that they were very good friends and that his death affected her very much. She is said to have turned into the cold, ambitious woman described in fiction after he died. Sophie's ancestors in four generations
  • 1867
    Age 62
    Sophie kept a detailed diary most of her life which reveals much about Austrian court life. She was deeply affected in 1867 by the execution in Mexico of her second son Maximilian.
    More Details Hide Details She never recovered from that shock, and withdrew from public life.
  • 1848
    Age 43
    Her ambition to place her oldest son on the Austrian throne was a constant theme in Austrian politics. At the time she was called "the only man at court". During the Revolution of 1848, she persuaded her somewhat feeble-minded husband to give up his rights to the throne in favour of Franz Joseph, her son.
    More Details Hide Details After Franz Joseph's accession, Sophie became the power behind the throne. Within modern pop culture, Sophie is best remembered for her extremely bad relationship with Franz Joseph's famed wife Sisi, who was also her niece.
  • 1824
    Age 19
    On 4 November 1824, she married Franz Karl, Archduke of Austria.
    More Details Hide Details They had six children.
  • 1805
    Age 0
    Born on January 27, 1805.
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