Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Grand Dame: Princess Franciska Montenuovo

Countess Franziska Maria Stephania Kinsky zu Wchinitz und Tettau was the daughter of Ferdinand Bonaventura, 7th Prince Kinsky zu Wchinitz und Tettau  and Princess Maria Josepha of Liechtenstein.   She married at Vienna on October 30, 1879 to Alfred, 2nd Prince of Montenuovo, only son of Wilhelm Albrect, 1st Prince of Montenuovo, and Countess Juliana Batthyany-Strattman.    Alfred was a grandson of Adam, Count of Neipperg and Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria, second wife of Napoleon.
Franziska and Alfred, who served in several high court positions, culminating with the position of 1st Obersthofmeister in 1909,  had four children:

Princess Juliane(1880-1961).  Married in 1903 to Count Dionys Draskovich von Trakostjan.  This marriage ended in divorce.  In 1914, she married Karl, Prince of Oettingen-Oettingen und Oettingen-Wallerstein.

Princess Marie (1881 - 1954).  Married in 1909 to Count Franz of Ledeburg-Wicheln.

Prince Ferdinand, who succeeded his father as the 3rd Prince (1888-1951).  Married in 1927 to Hungarian Baroness Ilona Solmossy.

Princess Franziska (1893-1972).  Married in 1918 to Prince  Leopold of Lobkowicz 

Prince Ferdinand was the last of the Princes Montenuovo as he died without male issue. 

Franziska was born at Vienna on December 16, 1861 and died at Margarethen am Moos on July 11, 1935.

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