Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg has died

Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg died earlier today at Schloss Fischbach. She was 89 years old.   The Princess was the second child of the late Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg and her husband, Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma.

It was on November 22, 1955 when Grand Duchess Charlotte announced the engagement of Elisabeth to Franz, Duke of Hohenberg, a grandson of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Countess Sophie von Chotek.   The marriage took place on May 9, 1956 at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg.

More than 100 members of European royal families were present for the Roman Catholic Ceremony. Princess Elisabeth, then 33, wore a "white silk dress with a high neckline and long veil of Brussels lace.  After the ceremony, the couple left the cathedral to cheers from the crowd.  She  acknowledged the cheers "by waving her bouquet of white orchids and orange blossoms."

The Princess is survived by her two daughters,  Duchess Anita of Hohenberg and Sophie Baroness de Potesta, and seven grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother, Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, and her sisters, Princess Marie Gabrielle, Countess of Holstein Ledreborg and Princess Anne, Dowager Princess de Ligne.

Princess Elisabeth will be buried at  Schloss Arstetten.   A funeral mass will be held at St Michel's church in Luxembourg.  The date will be announced later.

HRH Princess Elisabeth Hilda Zita Marie Anne Antonia Friederike Wilhelmine Louise of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau, Princess of Bourbon-Parma, was born December 22, 1922 at Chateau de Berg.



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