Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Alexis killed on same street as his grandfather
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Prince Alexis of Windisch-Graetz's car accident on the same road where his grandfather, Maximilian, Prince of Windisch-Graetz, was killed on November 1, 1976. The Prince of Windisch-Graetz was driving home when he lost control of his car, and he rammed into the wall.
Prince Alexis, 18, spent the evening of February 4 at a local bar with friends. It was in the early hours of the morning when he got into his car to drive to his home, Il Palazzo in Sant Angelo d'Alife, in Caserta. At some point, the prince lost control, and was unable to prevent the car from careening into a tree. The prince was alone in the car, and the impact was great, and he remained in the car for sometime before he could be rescued. No one else was involved in the accident. (A young woman, Antonella di Crosta, was killed instantly on the same road but she was not involved in Alexis' accident.)
Prince Alexis died late Tuesday as the result of the injuries he suffered in the accident.
Alexis, who was known to his family and friends as Alex, loved cars and motorcycles. He was a "sweet and gentle" young man, who was not considered snobbish by the locals, especially the young girls.
Alexis' parents, the Prince and Princess of Windisch-Graetz, have donated his organs to science.
The funeral will take place at the Chiesa di Santo Stefano degli Abissini e Vatican, and he will be interred in the family's crypt in the Vatican. This is the same church where his uncle, Archduke Maximilian, was married in 2005.
The late Maximilian, Prince of Windisch-Graetz, was married to Maria Luisa Serre de Gerace.
They had four children, Princess Irma , who is married to Don Augusto Ruffo di Calabria; Princess Maximiliane, who is married to the Prince of Fürstenberg, Mariano Hugo, the Prince of Windisch-Graetz, and Prince Manfred, who is married Maria Vittoria Lepri.
The Princess of Windisch-Graetz was born Archduchess Sophie of Austria. She is the daughter of the late Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, who married Countess Helen of Toerring-Jettenbach. Archduke Ferdinand was a first cousin of Archduke Otto, as his father, Archduke Maximilian, was the younger brother of Emperor Karl.
Archduke Ferdinand and Archduchess Helen were the parents of three children, Archduchess Elisabeth, who it is believed died from a brain tumor in May 1983 only seven months after her marriage to Australian James Litchfield; Archduchess Sophie, and Archduke Maximilian, who is married with two children.