Married to Napoleon III in 1853, Empress Eugenie was the last Empress of France and was educated at the fashionable convent of the Sacré Coeur, Paris.
A woman of great elegance, beauty and charm, she was born in Granada, Spain and contributed immensely to the grandeur of the French court, overcoming her many critics of the time. She was also the leader of European fashion, and together with Charles Worth, developed a whole new range of fashion, which was soon followed by the rest of Europe.
Along with her elegance and splendour, her intelligence was highly regarded. She acted as Regent during her husband's absences from France and was regularly consulted on important questions regarding the welfare of the Empire.