to this day, 103 years ago, and a pair of royal hats worn on a visit to Sarajevo’s City Hall. This couple is remembered for what happened, mere seconds after these photographs were taken, and the resulting World War that unfolded. Tragic though they are, these pictures also tell another story. Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie’s marriage was morganatic – their descendants had no succession rights and Sophie did share her husband’s rank or titles, was not allowed to ride in the royal carriage or sit in the royal box at the theatre and would not normally appear in public beside him (conditions of their marriage as Sophie did not meet the pedigree requirements to marry the heir to the House of Habsburg-Lorraine). In these shots, they are side by side, a fitting place for the couple who waited five years for Emperor Franz Joseph to grant them permission to marry. This Saturday is the 117th anniversary of their wedding.
Photo from Getty as indicated