Sunday, November 22, 2020

Count Ferdinand Kinsky (1934-2020)

Count Ferdinand and Countess Hedwig at the wedding of their daughter, Marie Valerie in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, in September 1987  (Private)

Count Ferdinand Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau died earlier today in Vienna.  The cause of death was COVID-19.  He was 86 years old.  Ferdinand was the older brother of HSH  Princess Marie Aglae of Liechtenstein, the wife of Hans Adam, Prince of Liechtenstein

Count Ferdinand Eugen Franz von Assisi Bonaventura Maria Theresia was born in Prague on October 25, 1934, the eldest of seven children of  Ferdinand Carl Bonaventura Antonius Maria (1907-1969) and Countess Henriette von Ledebur-Wicheln (1910-2002).  

His childhood was spent at  Horažďovice Castle, but he and his family had to leave Czechoslovakia after the end of World War II.

The family settled in West Germany, where the young count was educated.  He also became a German national.   He studied economics and philosophy at the University of Munich (1954-1955) and at the University of Frankfurt where he received a Master of Arts in sociology in 1958.   He received a post-graduate degree in international studies at the Institut Europeen des Hautes Etudes Internationales at the University of Nice.

A noted political scientist,  Count Ferdinand was a strong supporter of European unity and was one of the directors of CIFE, which trained "professionals and citizens in the subject of a united Europe."  He was also a devout Roman Catholic.

Count Ferdinand was married at Straubing, Germany on April 28, 1962 to Countess Hedwig von Ballestrem (1933).  They had five children: Countess Maria Theresia (1963, who is married to Count Alexander von Trauttmansdorff-Weinsberg,  Count Johannes (1964-2008), Countess Marie Valerie (1966), the wife of Hereditary Count Maximilian zu Königsegg-Aulendorf, Count Friedrich (1967) and Count Wenzel (1969-1971).

Count Ferdinand and Countess Hedwig with Count Johannes zu Königsegg-Aulfendorf at the wedding of Ferdinand's granddaughter, Countess Alice zu Königsegg-Aulfendorf in 2017 @stefan

He is survived by his widow, Countess Hedwig, three children, seventeen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and four sisters:  Countess Eleonore, Frau von Krempach,  Marie, Princess of Liechtenstein, Countess Aglae von Ballestrem, Countess Elisabeth zu Dohna-Schlobitten, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Count's granddaughter, Countess Elisabeth Kinsky,  daughter of the late Count Johannes, is engaged to marry Count Konrad von Rechberg.

1 comment:

J said...

Count Ferdinand will be the ancestor of three mediatized families. His daughter is the future Countess zu Königsegg-Aulendorf, while his granddaughters will one day become Fürstin von Khevenhüller-Metsch and Countess von Rechberg (God willing).