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.
In her new book, author Allison Pataki tells the story of Desiree Clary, the 19th-century Queen who established the dynasty that still rules Sweden today.