This was a true labor of love. I've always wanted to learn more about Westminster Abbey, and this was a great way to do it. Next step--- a visit!! I need to plan a trip for next year. I think I would be completely speechless walking through this much history.
Elisabeth was first married by proxy on October 22, 1570. After long celebrations, she left Austria accompanied by high-ranking German nobles. Once in French territory, the roads were impassable thanks to the constant rain. This caused the decision that the wedding was to be celebrated in a small border town far from Paris. The King, curious about his future wife, dressed himself as a soldier and observed her incognito, and was very happy with what he saw. Alas... it was, unfortunately, a loveless marriage and Elisabeth busied herself with embroidery.