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.
“Allison Pataki is a New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction. She’s a children’s book author. She’s a mom of three little girls. She’s