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Napoleon Room

Napoleon Room
Napoleon Room
Napoleon Room
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When Napoleon occupied Vienna in 1805 and 1809, he chose Schönbrunn as his headquarters. During this time he probably used this room as his bedroom. His marriage to Marie Louise, the daughter of Emperor Franz II/I in 1810 was intended to seal the peace between the two rulers. A son was born of this union, known as the Duke of Reichstadt. After the defeat and abdication of Napoleon, Marie Louise brought her two-year-old son to Vienna, where he grew up at his grandfather's court. An especial favourite of his grandfather, he shared the latter's interest in botany.

The portrait of him as a child shows him gardening in the park at Laxenburg Palace. The young duke suffered from tuberculosis and died in this room in 1832 at the age of only 21. His death-mask and his beloved pet, a crested lark, today remain as mementoes of Napoleon's only legitimate son.

 

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