Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Archduke Wilhelm dead at 67

July 29, 1894

Archduke Wilhelm of Austria died today, following a fall from a horse. He had been riding in Baden, near Vienna, when his horse was frightened by an "electric car." The horse bolted, and the Archduke was thrown. One of his feet remained stuck in the stirrup, and he was dragged more than 100 yards. He died at 5:30 p.m, without regained consciousness. His death was attributed to a concussion on the brain.

Archduke Wilhelm was born in 1827, and was the son of the late Archduke Karl, Duke of Teschen. and Princess Henriette of Nassau-Weilburg.

The archduke, who never married, served in the military, and was Inspector General of the Artillery. He also served as Grand Master of the Teutonic Order of the Austrian Empire

He is survived by his brother, Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen, and a sister, Archduke Maria Caroline, who is the wife of Archduke Rainer, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The archduke was 67 years old.

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