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Archduke Carl Ludwig of Austria (1918–2007)

For the father of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria see Archduke Charles Louis of Austria.
Archduke Carl Ludwig
Archduke and Prince Carl Ludwig of Austria; Prince Carl Ludwig of Hungary, Croatia, and Bohemia
Born (1918-03-10)10 March 1918
Baden, Austria
Died 11 December 2007(2007-12-11) (aged 89)
Brussels, Belgium
Burial Imperial Crypt
Spouse Princess Yolande of Ligne (m. 1950)
Issue Archduke Rudolf
Archduchess Alexandra
Archduke Carl Christian
Archduchess Maria Constanza
Full name
Carl Ludwig Maria Franz Joseph Michael Gabriel Antonius Robert Stephan Pius Gregor Ignatius Markus d'Aviano
House House of Habsburg-Lorraine
Father Charles I of Austria
Mother Zita of Bourbon-Parma

Archduke Carl Ludwig of Austria (Carl Ludwig Maria Franz Joseph Michael Gabriel Antonius Robert Stephan Pius Gregor Ignatius Markus d'Aviano; 10 March 1918 – 11 December 2007), also known as Carl Ludwig Habsburg-Lothringen was the fifth child of Charles I of Austria and Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma. He was born in Baden bei Wien and died in Brussels.[1][2]


  • Biography 1
  • Family 2
  • Ancestry 3
  • References 4


During the Second World War, Karl Ludwig and his brother Felix volunteered to serve in the 101st Infantry Battalion of the US known as the "Free Austria Battalion". However the battalion was disbanded when a number of exiled Jewish volunteers who made up the majority of force ultimately declined to confirm their enlistment.[3] He was buried beside his mother in the Kapuziner Crypt in Vienna.


He was married in Belœil on 17 January 1950 to Princess Yolande of Ligne (born 6 May 1923). They had four children.[4]

Archduke Rudolf of Austria, son of Carl Ludwig, during a presentation about grandmother Zita in Brno (2014)
  • Archduke Rudolf of Austria (b. 1950); married Baroness Hélène de Villenfagne de Vogelsanck (b. 1954) in Brussels 3 July 1976, their family taking up residence in Belgium thereafter.[5] On 29 May 1978 he and his children and male-line descendants were incorporated in the nobility of Belgium by royal letters patent with the style of Serene Highness and the hereditary title "Prince of Habsburg-Lorraine".[5] He works at investment managers AAA Gestion, based in Villars-sur-Glâne, Switzerland.[6] Together they have eight children:
    • Archduke Carl Christian of Austria (b. 1977); married on 2 June 2007 Estelle Peloux de Saint-Romain:
      • Archduchess Zita of Austria (b. 2008).
      • Archduchess Anezka of Austria (b. 2010).
      • Archduchess Anna of Austria (b. 2012).
      • Archduchess Paola of Austria (b. 2014).
    • Archduchess Priscilla of Austria (b. 1979).
    • Archduke Johannes of Austria (b. 1981).
    • Archduke Thomas of Austria (b. 1983).
    • Archduchess Marie-des-Neiges of Austria (b. 1986).
    • Archduke Franz-Ludwig of Austria (b. 1988).
    • Archduke Michael of Austria (b. 1990).
    • Archduke Joseph of Austria (b. 1991).
  • Archduchess Alexandra of Austria (b. 1952); married Chilean ambassador to the Holy See Héctor Riesle Contreras.[7] Three children:
    • Felipe Riesle (b. 1986).
    • Maria-Sofia Riesle (b. 1988).
    • Constanza Riesle (b. 1989).
  • Archduke Carl Christian of Austria (b. 1954); married Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg.[5] Like his older brother, he works at investment managers AAA Gestion, based in Villars-sur-Glâne, Switzerland.[6] Carl Christian and Marie Astrid have five children:
    • Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria (b. 1983); on 6 December 2008 married Count Rodolphe of Limburg-Stirum (1979).
      • Count Léopold of Limburg-Stirum (b. 19 April 2011).
      • Count Constantin of Limburg-Stirum (b. 25 October 2013).[8]
    • Archduke Imre of Austria (b. 1985); on 8 September 2012 married Kathleen Elizabeth Walker.[9]
      • Archduchess Maria-Stella of Austria (b. 11 November 2013).[10]
    • Archduke Christoph of Austria (b. 1988); married to Adélaïde Drapé-Frisch on 28 December (civil) and 29 December 2012 (religious) in Nancy, France.[11]
      • Archduchess Katarina of Austria (b. 2014).
    • Archduke Alexander of Austria (b. 1990).
    • Archduchess Gabriella of Austria (b. 1994).
  • Archduchess Maria Constanza of Austria (b. 1957); married Franz Josef, Prince (Fürst) von Auersperg-Trautson.[5] Three biological daughters (one died shortly after her birth) and one adopted daughter, Anna Maria:[5]
    • Princess Alexandra Maria (1998–1998).
    • Princess Ladislaya (b. 1999).
    • Princess Eleonora (b. 2002).



  1. ^ Karl Ludwig Erzherzog von Österreich at
  2. ^ Carl Ludwig Habsburg-Lothringen ist tot
  3. ^ Brook-Shepherd, Gordon (2003). Uncrowned Emperor. Hambledon Continuum. p. 156.  
  4. ^ Online Gotha
  5. ^ a b c d e de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, p. 193-198 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  6. ^ a b "The Management". Triple A Gestion S.A. 
  7. ^ Luengo, Gonzalo. 2009. Nobles en Chile: Visión a través de uno de ellos. Retrieved July 10th, 2010.
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ Full name
  10. ^ [4]
  11. ^ Verliebt, verlobt, verlobt - website Tageblatt Online
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