She Died on this Day

She Died on this Day

Duchess Sophie

Duchess Sophie

I think more of her than of her husband. She was 46 years of age and days away from her fourteenth wedding anniversary on July 1st. She came from the lesser nobility and at the time of her marriage had to swear that she would not become empress when her husband ascended the throne as emperor as well as giving up any claims to the throne by her children. Her dying husband held her bleeding body in that automobile in the streets of Sarajevo and begged, “Don’t die! Stay alive for our children.” But Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg did die on June 28, 1914. Her daughter Sophie (1901– 1990), her son Maximillian (1902– 1962) and her son Ernest (1904– 1954) outlived her.

Sophie with her husband and two older children

Sophie with her husband and two older children

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