Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The death of an Archduke

Archduke Felix of Austria, the only surviving child of Emperor Karl I and Empress Zita, died on September 6, 2011 at San Angel, Mexico. He was 95 years old. 

Felix was the fourth child of then Archduke Karl and Archduchess Zita.  He was born at Schönbrunn on May 31, 1916, but most of his life was spent in exile.  He was baptised Felix Friedrich August Maria vom Siege Franz Joseph Peter Karl Anton Robert Otto Pius Michael Benedikt Sebastian Ignatius Marcus d' Aviano. 

On November 19,1952 at Beaulieu, France, Archduke Felix married Princess and Duchess Anna-Eugenie of Arenberg.   The family settled in Mexico, where Felix worked as a banker, and Anna-Eugenie opened a veterinary clinic.   She died at the family's home at San Angelo, an area in Mexico City.

Archduke Felix is survived by six of his seven children: Archduchess Maria del Pilar, who is married to Vollrad-Joachim von Poschinger,  Archduke Carl Philipp,  Archduchess Kinga, the wife of Baron Wolfgang von Erffa,  Archduchess Miriam, who is married to Jaime Corcucera Acherson, a bank manager in Mexico,  Archduke Istvan, and Archduchess Viridis, Mrs. Karl Dunning-Gribble.   Archduke Raimund (Ramon)  died in 2008 from leukemia.

Jaime Corucera is the youngest child of Fernando Corucera and Lady Mary Acheson, daughter of the Earl of Gosford.

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