Friday, July 26, 2019

The Death of the Duke of Hohenberg

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HH Georg Friedrich Maximilian Jaroslav Petrus Canisius Markus Hubertus Maria, Duke of Hohenberg has died at the age of 90.  He was the second son of  Maximilian, Duke of Hohenberg and Countess Elisabeth von Waldburg zu Wolfegg u.Waldsee.

His death was announced by his younger son, Prince Maximilian, who is head of Group Identity and Communication for the Italian bank, UniCredit, in Milan. 

In 1977,  Georg Friedrich succeeded his older brother, Franz, as head of the house of Hohenberg. as Franz and his wife, Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg, were the parents of two daughters.

Duke Georg Friedrich was born at Schloss Arstetten on April 25, 1929, nearly 15 years after the assassination of his grandfather, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, and the murder of his wife, Sophie, the Duchess of Hohenberg.  The death of Franz Ferdinand was one of the major catalysts that led to the World War I.

He was an diplomat and served as Austrian ambassador to several countries.  His final post was as Ambassador to the Holy See when John Paul II was Pope.

Georg's Friedrich marriage to Princess Elisabeth of Auersperg-Bruenner at Schloss Wald on September 8, 1960.   He is survived by his wife, three children, Nikolaus, who succeeds as Duke of Hohenberg,  Princess Henriette and Prince Maximilian, seven grandchildren:  Prince Karl, Princess Johanna, Princess Theresa, Princess Sophie, Prince Nikolaus, Princess Luisa and Prince Leopold.

This photo was taken in 1958 after the engagement of Duke Franz and Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg.  All six Hohenberg brothers.    In order of birth,  Duke Franz,  Duke Georg,  Princes Albrecht  , Johannes, Peter and Gerhard   Marlene A. Eilers Koenig collection

I expect there will be news articles on Duke Georg Friedrich's death in the days to come, as well as, perhaps, a death notice.

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