Elisabeth Empress of Austria – popularly known as Empress Sisi visited England and Ireland for holidays and hunting, nine times over her life time.
The than Earl Spencer encouraged Sisi to take the greater challenge of hunting in Ireland. She loved the country but unfortunately Sisi could not entirely escape her responsibilities as a monarch and the fraught political situation in Ireland. Forced to give up hunting in Meath, Elisabeth rented Combermere Abbey, Cheshire. But without Bay Middleton as her pilot, Sisi lost her enthusiasm for hunting and gave up riding.