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The Imperial Couple’s Bedroom

The Imperial Couple’s Bedroom - Schönbrunn Palace

This bedroom was furnished for the imperial couple on their marriage in 1854 in the Rococo Revival or ‘Blondel’ style with rosewood furniture made by the company of Schweigard & Abermann.

Matching the upholstery of the chairs, the white-and-gold-panelled walls were hung with a midnight-blue silk
damask interwoven with garlands of white flowers. When the room was restored in 2014 the silk fabric together with its passementerie trimmings was replaced with exact copies of the originals.

The bedroom was only used during the first years of the couple’s marriage. From the very beginning, Elisabeth rejected the oppressive formality of court life. From the 1870s
onwards she began to lead an independent life of her own, travelling extensively. Franz Joseph grew increasingly lonely in her absence, yet he continued to worship her right up to
her tragic death, when she was assassinated in Geneva by an Italian anarchist in 1898.

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