Princess Sissi
History's Princess Sissi
Biographical Information
Real Name: Her Royal Highness Duchess Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie
Title: Empress Elisabeth of Austria

Empress of Austria
Queen of Hungary
Queen of Bohemia and Croatia

Coronation: 8 June 1867
Born: 24 December 1837
Death: 10 September 1898
Age: 60
Religion: Roman Catholic
Height: 5'8
Originally From: Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria
Husband: Franz Joseph I of Austria
Children: Archduchess Sophie

Archduchess Gisela
Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria
Archduchess Marie-Valerie

COD: Assasination
Burial: Imperial Crypt
TV Character Information
First appearance: Sissi Gets Her Way
Portrays: Princess Sissi
Portrayed by: Terri Hawkes

Sissi who was most famously know as Empress Elisabeth of Austria became Queen of Austria when she 16 years old. She ruled for 44 years, until her death.




  • Born on December 24, 1837.
  • Her older brother Wilhelm Karl, Duke in Bavaria was born on 24 December 1832, and she was born 5 years later on 24 December 1837.
  • In real life Sisi had an older sister named Helena who was supposed to be betrothed to Emperor Franz Joseph as desired by Archduchess Sophie, however upon laying eyes on Sisi, Franz Joseph feel madly in love with her and demanded to marry her over Helene.
  • Helena frequently refers to Sisi as a peasant. In fact, Sisi was the grand-daughter of the King of Bavaria and her mother Ludovika was actually the sister of Archduchess Sophie of Austria (Empress Sophia in the series). Therefore Sisi was the cousin of Franz and of much higher rank than the Viscountess Helena.
  • In 1867, Emperor Franz Joseph signed the Ausgleich, which officially turned Austria into Austria-Hungary. Both countries would have their own governments, with a shared head of state. Count Gyula Andrassy was the first Prime Minister of Hungary after 1867.
  • Sisi's relationship with Emperor Franz Joseph wasn't as romantic as in the show. While Franz Joseph was passionately in love with her, Sisi never fully felt the same way and was emotionally distant from him. She ended up avoiding him and court life as much as she could.
  • Sisi was one of ten children of Princess Ludovika and Duke Maximilian, however none of her siblings in the show matched her real siblings. Sisi was the fourth child and second daughter. She had five brothers and four sisters.
  • According to a very common legend, Count Andrássy had a long lasting romance with Elisabeth.
  • Count Andrássy possibly fathered Elisabeth, only son, Archduke Rudolf.

TV Comparison

Family Tree

Duke Maximilian Joseph
Princess Ludovika
Duke Ludwig
Helena Von Grossberg
Maximilian Anton
Franz Joseph
Princess Sissi
Karl Theodor
Maria Sophie
Duchess Mathilde
Duchess Sophie
Duke Maximilian
Princess Louise
Princess Elisabeth
Maximilian Maria
Prince Albert
Archduchess Sophie
Archduchess Gisela
Archduke Rudolf
Archduchess Marie-Valerie

Family Tree

Archduke Franz Karl
Princess Sophie
Franz Joseph
Princess Sissi
Maximilian I of Mexico
Princess Maria Annunciata
Archduke Karl Ludwig
Maria Theresa
Archduchess Maria Anna
Archduke Ludwig Viktor
Archduke Franz Ferdinand
Archduke Otto
Archduke Ferdinand Karl
Archduchess Margarete Sophie
Archduchess Maria Annunciata
Archduchess Elisabeth Amalie
Archduchess Sophie
Archduchess Gisela
Archduke Rudolf
Archduchess Marie-Valerie


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