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Old 08-08-2014, 10:31 PM
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Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria and Stéphanie of Belgium - 10 May 1881

In Vienna, on 10 May 1881, Rudolf married Princess Stéphanie of Belgium, a daughter of King Leopold II of the Belgians, at the Augustinian's Church in Vienna.
Her parents walked her down the aisle. Among the illustrious attendees were the future King Edward VII of the United Kingdom and his nephew, the future German Emperor Wilhelm II. In honour of the nuptials, which were celebrated lavishly throughout Austria, the Austrian astronomer Johann Palisa named asteroid 220 Stephania in her honour in 1881, commemorating the union. After the ceremony, the couple honeymooned at Laxenburg outside the capital.

Official engagement photo of Crown Prince Rudolf and Princess Stéphanie of Belgium (1881)
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Official engagement photograph of the Imperial couple, 1881
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The marriage started very happy, a pity how it ended :/
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It was interesting to learn that King Leopold II and Queen Marie Henriette together walked Stephanie down the aisle.
Magnifique engagement photographs!!
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At the palace banquet at the Hofburg Palace, dinner guests of Rudolf and Stephanie's enjoyed the sounds of Eduard Strauss's especially composed waltz Schleier und Krone (Veil and Crown).
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I've read that Sisi commented, when Stephanie was first mooted as a bride for Rudolf, something on the lines of ' So, we need another of that family!' an allusion of course to the tragic Empress Charlotte/Carlotta, wife of Maximilian.

I think Rudolf and Stephanie were quite happy at first, but she was very unsophisticated and the couple had little in common. It was tragic that Stephanie became barren due to Rudolf's sexual misbehaviour. If they had managed a couple of sons as well as their daughter things might not have been so dire after Rudolf's death. Franz Ferdinand may not have been assassinated at Sarajevo.
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At the imperial wedding banquet of May 9, 1881, stuffed woodcocks garnished with truffles and cocks' combs and an elaborate pudding of sliced pig's kidney with prunes steeped in red wine were served.
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