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Re: Hélène, Duchess in Bavaria
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Still she seems to have been the one daughter who did find happiness in her marriage even though her husband died young.
Duchess Helena's marriage to the Erbfurst von Thurn und Taxis was considered a terrible mesalliance by her family - quite amusing to think how standards have changed.
What part of the family ?
The Royal Family or the Ducal family ? Duke Max was considered a liberal man, if not politically, at least socially.
In 1858, the king was Maximilian II.
Or was it Sisi's mother-in-law ADss Sophie ?
Whichever, Hélène went along with the wedding.
Was it a love match or did Helene marry out of spite, after her younger sister had "stolen" her fiancé ?
After all, Hélène took FOUR years to marry after Sisi.
Only 5 months after her marriage, her sister Maria Sophia married the crown-prince of the Two Sicilies and became Queen the same year.
She might have become engaged before Hélène's wedding...
Were there any suitors to Hélène before Maximilian ? Was theirs a long engagement ?
As to mésalliances, the family had been tainted the year before Hélène's wedding by the elder son's wedding to Henriette Mendel, who could not be compared to the T&T socially.