The Accidental Empress
Right after the new year Kiel and I drove to New York to partake in a promotional Meet the Hapsburgs photo shoot for The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki.
It was an opportunity that we couldn’t resist! I enjoyed the unique
experience of dressing up like nineteenth century royalty. Kiel took on
the role of Franz Joseph, Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian empire. I
portrayed Duchess Helene of Bavaria and Camille Birkhead made a stunning Empress Sisi. (How gorgeous was her hair?!) The photos were fittingly shot at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria and St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City.
is an historical account of fifteen year old Sisi (Elisabeth) of
Bavaria, who famously changes history when she wins the heart of her
sister’s fiancee. Based on facts and actual events, the novel gives
readers a further glimpse into the glittering yet oppressive world of
the Habsburg Court. Alison does a beautiful job of bringing Sisi to life
with all of her hopes, defeats, and triumphs. She spins a captivating
tale of the beautiful, lonely empress who must fight to keep the love of
both her husband and empire, amongst an imposing Imperial Court
(including a tyrannical step mother).