Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria
|Archduke Karl Ludwig|
Photograph by Ludwig Angerer, about 1861
|Born||30 July 1833|
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austrian Empire
|Died||19 May 1896 (aged 62)|
Imperial Crypt, Vienna
|Father||Archduke Franz Karl of Austria|
|Mother||Princess Sophie of Bavaria|
Archduke Karl Ludwig Joseph Maria of Austria (30 July 1833 – 19 May 1896) was the younger brother of Franz Joseph I of Austria (1830–1916), the father of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (1863–1914), whose assassination ignited World War I, and grandfather of the last emperor, Charles I.
His mother ensured he was raised a devout Roman Catholic by the Vienna Prince-archbishop Joseph Othmar Rauscher, a conviction that evolved into religious mania in his later years.
Though not interested in politics, the 20-year-old joined the Galician government of Count Agenor Romuald Gołuchowski and in 1855 accepted his appointment as Tyrolean stadtholder in Innsbruck, where he took his residence at Ambras Castle. However, he found his authority to exert power restricted by the Austrian cabinet of his cousin Archduke Rainer Ferdinand and Baron Alexander von Bach. He finally laid down the office upon the issue of the 1861 February Patent for a life as patron of the arts and sciences.
As the eldest surviving brother of the Emperor, Karl Ludwig, after the death of his nephew Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria in 1889, became heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A newspaper article appeared shortly after the death of his nephew claiming that the Archduke had renounced his succession rights in favor of his eldest son Franz Ferdinand. This rumor proved to be false.‹See TfM›[failed verification]
Marriage and family
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Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria
|Reference style||His Imperial and Royal Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Imperial and Royal Highness|
Karl Ludwig married three times.
His first wife, whom he married on 4 November 1856 at Dresden, was his first cousin Margaretha of Saxony (1840–1858), the daughter of Johann of Saxony (1801–1873) and Amalie Auguste of Bavaria (1801–1877). She died on 15 September 1858 and they had no children.[better source needed]
His second wife, whom he married by proxy on 16 October 1862 at Rome, and in person on 21 October 1862 at Venice, was Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1843–1871), daughter of Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies (1810–1859) and Maria Theresa of Austria (1816–1867).[better source needed]
They had four children:
- Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (December 18, 1863 – June 28, 1914) he married morganatically Countess Sophie Chotek von Chotkow und Wognin on 1 July 1900. They had three children.
- Archduke Otto Franz of Austria (21 April 1865 – 1 November 1906) he married Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony (1867–1944) on 2 October 1886. They had two sons, including Karl I, the last Emperor of Austria.
- Archduke Ferdinand Karl of Austria (27 December 1868 – 12 March 1915) he married Bertha Czuber on 15 August 1909.
- Archduchess Margarete Sophie of Austria (13 May 1870 – 24 August 1902) she married Albrecht, Duke of Württemberg on 24 January 1893. They had seven children.
Maria Annunciata died on 4 May 1871.[better source needed]
His third wife, whom he married on 23 July 1873 at Kleinheubach, was Infanta Maria Theresa of Portugal (1855–1944), daughter of Miguel I of Portugal (1802–1866) and Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (1831–1909).[better source needed]
They had two daughters:
- Archduchess Maria Annunziata of Austria (13 July 1876 – 8 April 1961). Abbess of the Theresia Convent in the Hradschin, Prague.
- Archduchess Elisabeth Amalie of Austria (7 July 1878 – 13 March 1960) she married Prince Aloys of Liechtenstein on 20 April 1903. They had eight children.
Karl Ludwig died of typhoid at Schönbrunn in Vienna returning from a journey to Palestine and Egypt, allegedly after the consumption of contaminated Jordan waters. His widow, Maria Teresa died on 12 February 1944.[better source needed]
- Austrian decorations
- Knight of the Golden Fleece, 1852
- Grand Cross of St. Stephen, 1859
- Military Merit Medal on red ribbon
- Long Service Cross for Officers, 2nd Class
- Foreign decorations
- Baden: Knight of the House Order of Fidelity, 1873
- Kingdom of Bavaria: Knight of St. Hubert, 1853
- Belgium: Grand Cordon of the Royal Order of Leopold, 1853; wedding gift of King Leopold I in honour of his son and daughter-in-law.
- Empire of Brazil: Grand Cross of the Southern Cross
- Duchy of Brunswick: Grand Cross of Henry the Lion
- Denmark: Knight of the Elephant, 21 July 1890
- Ernestine duchies: Grand Cross of the Saxe-Ernestine House Order
- French Empire: Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour
- Kingdom of Greece: Grand Cross of the Redeemer
- Grand Duchy of Hesse: Grand Cross of the Ludwig Order
- Kingdom of Italy: Knight of the Annunciation
- Mexican Empire: Grand Cross of the Mexican Eagle
- Nassau Ducal Family: Knight of the Gold Lion of Nassau
- Netherlands: Grand Cross of the Netherlands Lion
- Ottoman Empire: Order of Osmanieh, 1st Class in Diamonds
- Persian Empire: Order of the August Portrait, in Diamonds
- Kingdom of Portugal: Grand Cross of the Tower and Sword
- Kingdom of Prussia:
- Kingdom of Romania: Grand Cross of the Star of Romania
- Russian Empire:
- Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach: Grand Cross of the White Falcon
- Kingdom of Saxony: Knight of the Rue Crown
- Principality of Serbia: Grand Cross of the Cross of Takovo
- Siam: Knight of the Crown of Siam, 1st Class, in Diamonds
- Spain: Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III
- Sweden-Norway: Knight of the Seraphim, 7 January 1870
- Württemberg: Grand Cross of the Württemberg Crown
|Ancestors of Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria|
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