Countess Irma Sztáray de Sztára et Nagymihály

Countess Irma Sztáray de Sztára et Nagymihály (10 July 1863 – 3 September 1940) was the last lady-in-waiting of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. The countess was the sole companion traveling with the empress when she was assassinated.

Irma Sztáray de Sztára et Nagymihály
Countess Sztáray de Sztára et Nagymihály
Countess Irma Sztáray in Hungarian costume.jpg
Born(1863-07-10)10 July 1863
Sztára, Kingdom of Hungary (today Staré, Slovakia)
Died3 September 1940(1940-09-03) (aged 77)
Szobránc, Kingdom of Hungary (today Sobrance, Slovakia)
FatherCount Viktor Sztáray de Sztára et Nagymihály
MotherCountess Mária Török de Szendrő

Life and familyEdit

The Hungarian countess Irma was born as the daughter of Count Viktor Stáray de Sztára et Nagymihály (1823–1879) and Countess Mária Török de Szendrõ (1835–1916). She never got married, as she dedicated her whole life to the Empress and the court.[1] The Countess accompanied Elisabeth during her last four years, from 1894 until 1898, on her journeys to Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Algeria and Greece. Her memoirs Aus den letzten Jahren der Kaiserin Elisabeth, which she wrote many years after Empress Elisabeth's death, were published in German and are a valuable source which gives detailed insights into Sisi's final years. For her services Irma Sztáray received a medal of honour from Emperor Franz Joseph I right after Elisabeth's assassination.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Marek, Miroslav. "hung/sztaray2.html". genealogy.euweb.cz.[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Haderer, Stefan 2008, Empress Elisabeth's Final Odyssey, European Royal History Journal, Issue 64, Vol. 11.4, August 2008, Eurohistory, Arturo Beéche, East Richmond Heights, CA - U.S.A.)

Stefan Haderer: Empress Elisabeth's Final Odyssey, European Royal History Journal, Issue 64, Vol. 11.4, August 2008, Eurohistory, Arturo Beéche, East Richmond Heights (CA - U.S.A.)