The mother of Franz Josef, the archduchess Sophie, contributed largely to his accession with the throne. Indeed, supported by soldiers and diplomats like Schwarzenberg, she could impose her son after the revolution of 1848, with the detriment of her own husband the archduke François Charles.
Born Princess of Bavaria, she was the sister of Ludovika and thus the maternal aunt of Elisabeth.
Here, archduchess Sophie as a young lady :
Her children in 1838 :
Franz Josef sitting on the wooden horse, Ferdinand Max future emperor of Mexico,
Carl Ludwig and archduchess Maria Pia
Archduchess Sophie a few years later :