Sophie Friederike Dorothee Wilhelmine, Princess of BavariaSophie of Bayern, Archiduchess of Austria, 1841, Joseph Karl Stieler .Princess Sophie of Bavaria was the eldest daughter of King Maximilan I of Bavaria and his second wife, Princess Caroline of Baden. She was thus a half-sister to King Ludwig I. She was also the mother of the future Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria.
Combined Photo of Crown Prince Rudolf (Rudolf Franz Karl Josef) (1858-1889) Austria & his lover Baroness Marie “Mary” Alexandrine Vetsera (1871-1889) Austria by unknown photographer. Intially the deaths were ruled poison but In Jul 2015 Vetsera's letters of farewell to her mother & other family members were found in a safe deposit box in an Austrian bank. Written in Mayerling shortly before their deaths they state clearly that Mary was preparing to commit suicide with Rudolf out of "love".