Historical and Commemorative
Collection of Benjamin Weiss
RECEPTION OF NAPOLEON III AND EMPRESS EUGÉNIE AT THE GUILDHALL
WYON, Benjamin: France, 1855, Bronze, 76 mm
Charles Louis Napoleon Buonaparte (1808-1873), Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, was the third son of Louis Buonaparte, ex-king of Holland. His mother was Hortense, the daughter of the Empress Josephine by her first marriage. In 1853 Napoleon III married Eugénie Marie de Guzman, comtesse de Teba, also called Eugénie de Montijo. Eugénie was a cousin of Ferdinand de Lesseps, the French engineer who was responsible for the construction of the Suez Canal. The Emperor and Empress visited the British Court in 1855 at which time the Queen invested his Imperial Majesty with the insignia of a Knight of the Garter. Their reception and entertainment took place at the Guildhall.
LINK to Biography of Napoleon III (from wikipedia)
LINK to Portrait of Empress Eugénia by Franz Xavier Winterhalter (from bluetravelguide.com)
LINK to Suez Canal (from Wikipedia)