On the morning of the 30th January 1889, the 30-year-old Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria-Hungary is found dead at the imperial hunting lodge at Mayerling in what looks like a suicide pact with his 17-year-old mistress Marie Vetsera. As well as dealing with their personal tragedy and loss, the Emperor Franz-Josef and the Empress Elizabeth are faced with the difficult task of covering up what really happened in hope of avoiding the potentially major public scandal.
Did You Know?
Following Rudolf's death, Franz Josef's brother Karl Ludwig became heir to the throne. He eventually renounced his rights in favor of his son, Franz Ferdinand. It was the assassination of Franz Ferdinand that led to the First World War. See more