Elizabeth was married to Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria at 15. The meeting was meant to result in a proposal to her sister, Helene, but the young Emperor fell instantly in love with Elizabeth and defied his mother's wishes to marry her. Elizabeth of course accepted, but later, both her husband the fussiness of the Hapsburg court bored her sick. #modcloth #styleicon
Queen Victoria by Xavier Winterhalter
"The portrait, comissioned in 1843, shows the Queen with her long brown hair loose around her shoulders, gazing into the distance.
She was just 24 when painted by the German artist Franz Xaver Winterhalter and his work was described as her husband Albert's 'favourite picture'. "