Carlota of Mexico

Empress Carlota (1840-1927) is one of the most intriguing and tragic figures in Mexican history. Born Charlotte of Belgium, she married the Hapsburg Archduke Maximilian of Austria when she was seventeen. In 1863 the young couple were invited to become Emperor and Empress of Mexico. Unfortunately, the person doing the inviting was Napoleon III of France, and nobody consulted the Mexican people. It all ended very badly, with Maximilian dead via firing squad and Carlota hopelessly insane. She spent the rest of her long life locked away in various castles in Europe.
But Carlota’s story isn’t all misery. In her salad days she was a sharp thinker, a renowned beauty, and the owner of some very famous jewels. (They’re still famous—one of her diamonds sold at auction in 2010 for 1.7 million dollars.)

6 comments

jooleeah-demoiselle
Wrote two years ago
Stunning collection!

duchessbee
Wrote three years ago
Very interesting information & beautiful collection! Thank you for sharing! :))

jessicaleila
Wrote 4 years ago
Great collection!!! Gorgeous! :)

alicja2204
Wrote 4 years ago
WOW!!! Fabulous collection :) THANK you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

timekeepermgc
Wrote 4 years ago
WOW.. Fantastic!!

ellen-hilart
Wrote 4 years ago
What an exquisite collection! Charlotte's story is very interesting - thank you for telling us about it.

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