Wednesday, March 23, 2011

an actor .. and a monk

March 23, 1921

Prince Georg of Bavaria, a grandson of the late Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria, celebrated his first mass yesterday in Innsbruck, according to the New York Times.   Prince Georg was recently ordained at a Jesuit convent, and will enter a Benedictine monastery at Easter.    During the war, he held the rank of Major, serving with the German army.  In 1912, he married Archduchess Isabella of Austria, daughter of Archduke Friedrich, but the marriage was soon dissolved, and annulled on the grounds of non-consummation. 

Former Archduke Leopold of Austria, Prince of Tuscany, who now goes by the name Leopold Woelfing, has "joined the theatrical profession and will begin a tour through Europe starting April 1.  He will appear with a well-known cabaret in Berlin, and will play an "Admiral in the old Austro-Hungarian uniform."

Leopold is the son of Archduke Leopold Ferdinand.


Bea said...

Marlene do you know what became of Prince Georg's wife Archduchess Isabella? I remember you did a story on her wanting to marry a doctor after the war, but I don't think she was allowed to. She lived for many more years and I have never seen anything more on her life. Bea

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

She fell off the radar, as did so many members of the Habsburgs. She lived in Switzerland rather quietly - and there have been suggestions that she was a lesbian, and lived for some time with another woman, but this has not been corroborated. It has also been suggested that Georg was gay, which was one of the reasons for going into the priesthood and not consummating the marriage

Bea said...

Thanks Marlene, wow both possibly could have been gay and from prince to priest, an interesting pair. Bea