Elisabeth of Bavaria, Empress of Austria posing in Vienna in the 1860s. A simple, sober day-dress. This lady was the mother of Crown Prince Rudolph who committed suicide in 1889 with his mistress at Mayerling. Elisabeth herself died ten years later, in 1898. She was assassinated by a young anarchist using a sharpened file. "I wanted to kill a royal," said Luigi Lucheni. "It did not matter which one."