Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria

Aug 21, 1858 - Jan 30, 1889

Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, was the only son and third child of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Elisabeth of Bavaria. He was heir apparent to the Imperial throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire from birth. In 1889, he died in a suicide pact with his mistress, Mary Freiin von Vetsera, at the Mayerling hunting lodge. The ensuing scandal made international headlines.
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