Countess Irma Sztáray de Sztára et Nagymihály
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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|
|Born||10 July 1863|
Sztára, Kingdom of Hungary (today Staré, Slovakia)
|Died||3 September 1940 (aged 77)|
Szobránc, Kingdom of Hungary (today Sobrance, Slovakia)
|Father||Count Viktor Sztáray de Sztára et Nagymihály|
|Mother||Countess 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. 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.
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.)