Archduke Rudolf of Austria (1919–2010)

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Rudolf von Habsburg
Imperial Coat of Arms of the Empire of Austria (1815).svg
Former Imperial Coat of Arms of the Empire of Austria (1815 - 1918)
Born
Rudolf Syringus Peter Karl Franz Joseph Robert Otto Antonius Maria Pius Benedikt Ignatius Laurentius Justiniani Marcus d'Aviano

(1919-09-05)5 September 1919
Prangins, Switzerland
Died15 May 2010(2010-05-15) (aged 90)
Spouse(s)
(
m. 1953; died 1968)

Princess Anna Gabriele of Wrede
(
m. 1971)
ChildrenMaria Anna, Princess Galitzine
Karl Peter
Simeon
Johannes Karl
Catharina-Maria
Parents

Rudolf von Habsburg (5 September 1919 – 15 May 2010) was the sixth child and youngest son of Emperor Charles I of Austria and Zita of Bourbon-Parma.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Prangins, Switzerland, where the former Austrian Imperial family were staying after they had been sent into exile. He was named after Rudolf IV, Duke of Austria.[1]

Educated with his siblings first in Spain then in Belgium, in 1944 he and his brother Archduke Carl Ludwig of Austria secretly entered Austria to join the Austrian resistance[citation needed], but Rudolf was expelled in 1946 once his membership in the formerly imperial House of Habsburg was exposed.[2] After the war he travelled to the United States, Canada and the Belgian Congo.[2]

Rudolf worked as a Wall Street junior executive[3] and a bank director.[2][4]

First marriage[edit]

Rudolf was married by Archbishop Fulton Sheen to Countess Xenia Czernichev-Besobrasov the daughter of Count Sergei Aleksandrovich Czernyshev-Besobrasov and Countess Elizabeta Dmitrievna Sheremeteva, on 22 June 1953 at Tuxedo Park, New York.[4] They had four children. Xenia was killed in a car crash on 20 September 1968, in which Rudolf was also seriously injured.[5]

  • Maria Anna Charlotte Zita Elisabeth Regina Therese (b. 1954) married Prince Peter Galitzine (b. 1955);[4] on 24 November 1981. They have six children:
    • Princess Xenia Petrovna Galitzine (23 May 1983), married Alberto Matta y Maya (b. 1983) on 23 September 2007. They have three children:
      • Lidia Matta y Galitzine (6 September 2011)
      • Damian Matta y Galitzine (12 August 2013)
      • Felix Matta y Galitzine (3 March 2016)
    • Princess Tatiana Petrovna Galitzine (16 August 1984), married Guillermo Sierra y Uribe (13 June 1984) on 29 April 2017. They have one son:
      • Konstantin Nicholas Sierra (1 October 2019)
    • Princess Alexandra Petrovna Galitzine (7 August 1986)
    • Princess Maria Petrovna Galitzine (11 May 1988 – 4 May 2020) she married Rishi Roop Singh (b. 1978) on 24 September 2017.[6][7] They have son:
      • Maxim Vir Singh (10 February 2018)
    • Prince Dimitri Petrovich Galitzine (11 June 1990) married Alexandra Evelyn Pollitt (b. 1989) on 11 June 2017. They have one daughter:
      • Princess Sophia Dimitrovna Galitzine (2019)
    • Prince Ioann Teimouraz Petrovich Galitzine (27 May 1992)
  • Karl Peter Otto Serge Joseph Paul Leopold Heinrich (5 November 1955) married Princess Alexandra von Wrede (12 May 1970). They have two children:
    • Antonia (31 December 2000)
    • Lorenz (18 April 2003)
  • Simeon Carl Eugen Joseph Leopold (29 June 1958) married Princess María of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (b. 1967) on 13 July 1996. They have five children:
    • Johannes (born 29 October 1997)
    • Ludwig (born 16 November 1998)
    • Isabelle (born 14 September 2000)
    • Carlotta (born 16 January 2003)
    • Philipp (born 15 January 2007)
  • Johannes Karl Ludwig Clemens Maria Joseph Markus d'Aviano Leopold (11 December 1962 – 29 June 1975)

Second marriage[edit]

Rudolf was married secondly to Princess Anna Gabriele von Wrede (11 September 1940) on 15 October 1971 in Ellingen, Bavaria.[2] They have one daughter.[2]

  • Catharina-Maria Johanna Zita Sophie Caspara (14 September 1972) married Count Massimiliano Secco di Aragona (b. 1967);[2] on 9 December 1998. They have three sons:
    • Count Costantino Secco di Aragona (10 July 2000)
    • Count Niccolò Secco di Aragona (16 February 2002)
    • Count Rodolfo Secco di Aragona (15 June 2010)

Death[edit]

Rudolph died on 15 May 2010. He was survived by two older brothers; Otto and Felix.

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brook-Shepherd, Gordon (2003). Uncrowned Emperor. Hambledon Continuum. p. 54. ISBN 1-85285-439-1.
  2. ^ a b c d e f de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, p. 172-174, 196-198 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  3. ^ "Milestones". Time Magazine. 6 July 1953. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
  4. ^ a b c Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XV. "Haus Österreich". C.A. Starke Verlag, 2001, pp. 87, 97. (German) ISBN 3-7980-0814-0.
  5. ^ "Archduchess Xenia of Habsburg killed". New York Times. 27 September 1968.
  6. ^ Austrian Princess Maria Galitzine dead at 31
  7. ^ Maria & Rishi Wedding Gift Registry